I recently changed addresses and therefore applied for a change of address on my ARC within 15 days. I received an email on 19th of August telling me it was ready for collection and to come and pick it up within 3 days.
Long story short, got into an accident and now I can’t walk so I didn’t go and pick it up. Will I get into trouble for not picking it up within 3 days?
Also, can I send a friend to pick it up for me if they bring my passport + current ARC?
Yeah, you should probably call them to check. It sounds like you have a valid excuse though - I doubt they’d give you much trouble over this.
That said, I’ve picked up an ARC for someone else before. I think I just took her previous ARC and the collection receipt (or whatever it’s called - the piece of paper they give you when you apply for a new ARC). It might have helped that we were living at the same address (as shown on our ARCs), but I didn’t get the impression that it was a big problem or anything unusual. I didn’t need a power of attorney.
IIRC, she was also late in picking it up - maybe by several weeks or something, and that didn’t seem to be a problem either.
You’ll need to pay the 29NT! Apparently we are now no longer allowed to pick up APRC’s, they must be mailed whether you like it or not and you’re forced to add 29NT to the 10,000NT bill to cover the registered post…