About to fill out an application for a new passport? It might be worth waiting a few hours at least.
Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain is expected to announce late this afternoon that it will now be possible to renew adult passports online and a drop in fees.
That will mark the culmination of a delayed $42 million project to overhaul the Passport Office's technology, carried out with the help of contractor Hewlett-Packard.
It currently costs $150 to renew an adult passport, rising to $300 for a fast turnarond and $600 for a next-day service.
We love doing things online. We would have loved to have been able to do our passport renewal online too, and saved a few bucks. Sheesh; we might even have shouted She Who Must Be Obeyed a cocktail at sunset with the money we saved!
Ah well; mustn't grumble...