My passport expires in February. I thought I had better order a new one on the very simple passport ordering website.
You can take your own photo now, with your phone or a camera. We did that. It rejected several because "we can't distinguish you from the white wall behind you". One was allowed. Very good.
Was your old passport lost? I said, "No." which means I had to send it back to them. "Think about sending it recorded delivery", they said.
So 9 euros and a trip to the crowded Post Office later my passport is on the way home to Durham.
It did cross my mind that to judiciously lose your passport just before it expires would save time and money.