RENEWING YOUR PASSPORT
My Irish passport will expire soon. What is the easiest way to renew it?
THERE are a number of different ways to renew your passport. You can renew your passport online or by post or in person at a Passport Office.
The Online Renewal Service takes about ten working days to process an application, if all documents are in order. However, this does not include the time it will take for the passport to be delivered by post. An online renewal application for a standard ten-year passport costs €75.
You can submit a paper application using An Post’s Passport Express service. It takes about 15 working days (if your application form is filled in correctly and your documents are in order). The application fee for a standard ten-year passport using this service costs €89.50.
During busy periods, for example, during the summer months, the Online Renewal Service and Passport Express service can have longer turn-around times. You can check current processing times on the Passport Service website.
If you are due to travel in less than three weeks, you can apply in person to the Passport Office in Dublin or Cork. You can’t just drop-in, you need to book an appointment online.
The Dublin Passport Office has a Rapid Renewal Service for adults and children who need to travel in less than three working days. This service costs more. You can book an appointment for this service online. If you cannot secure an urgent appointment online, you should contact the Passport Service on (01) 671 1633.
The Passport Service recommends that you apply for your passport renewal at least six weeks before your planned travel date.
Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below. Know Your Rights has been compiled by County Wicklow Citizens Information Service, Blessington Library, Town Centre, which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Open Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Call 086 0481881. An outreach service is provided in Baltinglass by the Carlow Citizens Information Service. Information also available online at citizensinformation.ie.