Thursday, 7 January 2010
Passport application completed and posted, just before the snow came
I changed my mind about which photo to use for the passport. This shot shows a face devoid of expression - well, I'm a bit pop-eyed, but no matter - and it should pass all tests.
I can't afford to have my application rejected for tiny nit-picking reasons. Much to my consternation, I realised that the only person of standing who had known me for the required minimum two years, as both J--- and Lucy, was my former GP who retired last July. And he was just about to go off with his wife for a two month holiday in the Far East! So there was no seeing him again for a second attempt at the application form. It had to be correct first time.
He was very kind, and phoned me as soon as I emailed him, and actually came to my house to countersign the two sets of photos and forms, because he did my driving licence form too. The driving licence people can check with the passport people that I am who I say I am, but they need a separate signed photo. So once I have my new passport, I'll send the DVLA their form. And then hopefully by mid-February I'll have both a new passport and a new driving licence!
I enclosed a letter from Dr Richard Curtis with my passport application in which he supported the female marker. And I have a similar letter ready for the DVLA from my present GP. Asking for a female marker is a complication that will almost certainly mean delay, and may entail an interview. Well, bring it on!