Stats and facts

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Parenting -

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.

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