Stats and facts
In 2018 to-date, total applications for children’s passports stands at 277,000 – 177,000 of these were passport renewals.
Most applications for children’s passports (60%) are submitted by a child’s fifth birthday, 40% are submitted by the time they’re two years old, under 20% are submitted by the time the child’s one year.
The new expanded online passport renewal service also introduces a passport card for children.
You’ve three options for getting the digital photo required to renew online, explains Passport Service director Fiona Penollar: — Go to photographer/chemist and get them to give you the photo on USB stick. — Take child’s photo yourself at home. No selfies allowed, not even if your teen’s an expert – you have to be four feet away from subject to get the right perspective. — The Passport Service has partnered with Photo-Me Ireland, to capture and transfer digital photos as part of the online passport application. You get your photo taken and you’re given a code that you enter on the online renewal service.
Gardaí will continue to verify identity for paper-based applications.
People can still opt to renew their passport through Passport Express or by appointment at the Passport Office in Dublin/Cork.