Renewing a passport
Question Can I renew my Irish passport online? I live outside Dublin and can’t easily get to the Passport Office. How long does the process take?
Answer When renewing your passport, you use the same application form (APS 1) as when you apply for a first passport. It is not currently possible to apply for a passport online or to download the application form. You can get the form at any Garda Station or at any Post Office that displays the “Service Plus” logo.
You should read the detailed notes provided with the application form to make sure you complete your application correctly.
You are encouraged to use An Post’s Passport Express service. In general, this guarantees that you will get your passport within 10 working days, but it may take longer at busy times of the year. Check the Passport Office website passport.ie for current processing time information.
The standard adult passport costs €80 through Passport Express, with a processing charge of €9 – a total charge of €89. Hand in your Passport Express application at any Service Plus Post Office.
Non-urgent applications made in person at a Passport Office cost €95 and will take an average of 15 working days to process. You can use the Passport Appointment Booking Service passportappointments.ie to make an appointment.
You should only apply in person at a Passport Office if you have immediate travel plans or you need to travel because of family emergency. You will need proof of travel (such as airline tickets) and your passport will issue within 3 working days. The extra charge for this urgent service is €55 for an adult – making a total cost of €150.
In cases of genuine emergency, the duty officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can issue an emergency passport which will be valid for a short time. The charge for this emergency service is €110 for an adult.
If you apply by ordinary post, you should allow at least 8 weeks for your passport to be processed.
In general, you can check the status of your application through the Passport Tracking Service on dfa.ie.
Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.
Know Your Rights has been compiled by Kilkenny Citizens Information Centre which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 0761 07 7910. Address: 4 The Parade, Kilkenny and at Callan, Graiguenamanagh and Mooncoin.
Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.