Yay, I got my new passport today. As I'm a kiwi living in Australia I need a valid passport to stay in Oz. It just took 9 days to process my application & send it to me. The annoying things is that it is valid for only 5 years, whilst it use to be 10 years.
It wasn't that hard to sort out. The Justive of the Peace, who verified my identity, is a friend of a friend. Including passport photos it cost me around $180(Australian). And the NZ consulate was easy to find in Sydney.
The authorities must be getting tough with security. My new passport contains a integrated circuit chip & has watermarks (with images like a kiwi bird, silverfern & other stuff) on it's main page.
Im glad I've got it, as my passport is the only photo ID I've got. For the past week I've been without any formal ID, which is not a good thing.
What's your experience with getting passports?