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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 cit­i­zensin­for­ma­

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