- Ireland Passport Service
- Ireland Passport Renewal Overview
- Irish Passport Renewal Standard Application Procedure
- Photo Guidelines for Passport Renewal
- The Cost of Ireland Passport Renewal Services
- How Long Does it Take to Renew My Ireland Passport?
- Alternative Ways of Applying for Ireland Passport Renewal
- If Your Irish Passport is Lost or Stolen
- How Can Total Law Help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
Ireland Passport Service
It may be easier to ensure your Irish passport is in date and you should renew it before you need to travel. Otherwise, you risk having to submit a last minute application for an expensive emergency travel document or being unable to travel.
To be eligible to apply for a passport renewal in Ireland, you must hold an Irish passport that is expired or will expire soon.
The expiration date of your current passport must not have been issued more than 15 years prior to your application for renewal.
Irish children are also able to apply for a passport renewal, subject to parental guidance and consent. An application for a child’s Irish passport will require their guardian to apply on their behalf.
Ireland Passport Renewal Overview
Irish passports can be renewed from anywhere in the world using Passport Online. This may be important if your passport has been lost or stolen while traveling outside of Ireland and Great Britain.
The Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade manages all passport renewals. The process for first time applicants will be different and many first time applicants are required to attend an appointment when applying although this may be waived for a child application.
Before beginning the application process for a passport renewal, be sure to acquire all the necessary paperwork.
If you are applying for a passport from Northern Ireland and Great Britain then paper applications can be submitted via the An Post passport service.
The documentary requirements include:
- Most recent passport
- Proof of identity
- Address/Proof of residency, and
- Passport photograph
It is essential to stay informed about any updates or changes in the passport service and renewal processes.
Renewing your Irish passport online is a convenient and time-saving option. However, it is possible to get a paper application form if you do not wish to apply online or renew online.
The online passport service allows you to fill out the necessary forms, upload supporting documents and make payment electronically when applying for a passport renewal.
You may be asked to provide additional documentation to ensure your application for a travel document is approved.
You will be provided with an application number when you renew online – it is important to keep this safe so you can track the progress of your passport application and reach out if the expected date has passed.
Irish Passport Renewal Standard Application Procedure
Making an application requires a number of steps that should be completed correctly otherwise you risk your Irish passport renewal application being delayed or rejected.
Online applications can be made via the official website of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade using the online passport renewal section.
As part of the process you will need to do the following:
- Verify eligibility and requirements – Ensure you have the necessary supporting documents, such as a copy of expired or expiring passport, proof of identification, proof of residency, and passport-sized photos.
- Provide personal information – Fill out the online application form with accurate personal information.
- Upload supporting documents – Follow the instructions to upload the required supporting documents.
- Review and confirm application – Verify that all details are correct, as any errors may lead to delays or complications in the renewal process.
- Make payment – Pay the applicable passport renewal cost using the online payment system. Ensure that you have an accepted payment method, such as a credit or debit card.
- Submit application – After making the payment, submit your passport renewal application. You may receive a confirmation email or reference number as proof of submission and tracking purposes.
Once your application is approved and processed by the Passport Service, your new passport will be printed and sent to your specified address in Ireland or, if you are residing abroad, to the Irish embassy or consulate where you submitted your application.
Photo Guidelines for Passport Renewal
There are three ways to provide your passport photograph for your online application.
- Select participating photo providers may take your passport photo. You will receive a unique code to use on your online application which will be used to access your passport photo when completing your online application.
- Visit a photo provider or photographer who will take your photo and provide it to you in digital form.
- Get someone to take your photo at home. You can take a photo with a digital camera or smartphone, but the zooming function on the smartphone should not be used.
The Cost of Ireland Passport Renewal Services
A passport book is valid for 10 years. The renewal fee for the 34-page standard book is €75 whereas the renewal fee for the 66-page large book is €105.
A passport card is valid for 5 years travel within the EU, EEA and Switzerland. The renewal fee is €35.
The renewal fee for the 34-page standard passport book and card set is €100. The renewal fee for the 66-page large book and card is €130.
The passport book is the standard form of a passport, which consists of a booklet containing your personal information, photo, and visa pages. It allows you to travel internationally, not only within the EU, EEA, and Switzerland but also to countries outside of that region.
The standard passport book comes in two options:
- 34-page Standard Book – This passport book has 34 pages for visas and stamps. It is suitable for most travelers who do not require extensive visa pages.
- 66-page Large Book – This passport book has 66 pages for visas and stamps. It is generally recommended for frequent travelers who need more space for visa endorsements.
The passport card is a smaller, wallet-sized card that serves as a travel document within the EU, EEA, and Switzerland. It is valid for travel by land or sea (not air) and can be more convenient for those who frequently visit these regions and do not need to travel outside of them.
The passport card contains limited information compared to the passport book, such as your name, photo, passport number, and some security features.
How Long Does it Take to Renew My Ireland Passport?
The standard processing time for passports is approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the date the application is received by the Passport Office.
If you require your passport renewal urgently, there are the passport Fast Track and Passport Express options available. You are advised not to book travel arrangements until you have recieved your renewed passport.
- Fast Track Service – The Fast Track service allows for expedited processing of passport applications. The fee for this service was €60 in addition to the regular passport renewal fee. It enables you to receive your passport within 3-5 working days after the application is approved.
- Passport Express Service – The Passport Express service is a postal service that offers expedited processing for passport applications. The fee for this service was €9.50 in addition to the regular passport renewal fee. The processing time for Passport Express is generally around 10 working days after the application is approved.
These services are offered by the Irish postal service all over Ireland including Northern Ireland.
Alternative Ways of Applying for Ireland Passport Renewal
If you do not wish to apply for your passport renewal using Passport Online, alternative methods are available.
In-person passport applications can be made at selected Ireland Passport Offices, where you can submit your application forms and supporting documents in person upon booking an appointment.
Alternatively, you can opt for a mail-in passport passport renewal application by sending your completed forms and required documents via An Post.
Costs associated with in-person and mail-in applications for renewal of Irish passports may not always be the same as the online application process. Expedited processing services, such as Fast Track or Passport Express may incur additional fees.
If Your Irish Passport is Lost or Stolen
If your current passport itself has been lost, stolen, damaged, or if your personal details have changed, you will need to replace your passport by making a replacement passport application.
For replacement, you need to provide appropriate documentation supporting the change of details or loss of your existing passport with a new passport.
Regardless of whether you choose to renew or replace your adult passport, you will need to complete the relevant application forms.
If you have specific questions or concerns regarding the passport renewal process, Total Law can provide expert legal advice tailored to your situation from anywhere around the world. We can clarify any legal requirements, address your queries, and guide you through the entire renewal process.
We can also help you track the status of your passport applications. We can monitor the progress of your application, provide updates on its status, and assist you in resolving any issues that may arise during the process.
If you require urgent passport renewal due to travel plans or other reasons, Total Law can explore expedited processing options on your behalf. We can advise you on the available options, eligibility criteria, and any additional fees associated with expedited passport services.
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The Irish passport tracker is typically updated regularly to provide the most up-to-date information on the status and progress of your passport renewal application. However, the specific frequency of updates may vary, and it is recommended to check the official website of the Irish Passport Office for the most accurate and current information regarding their tracking system.
Yes, you can renew your Irish passports if you live abroad. The Irish government provides passport renewal services for Irish citizens residing outside of Ireland. Contact the Irish embassy or consulate in your country of residence or visit the official website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for detailed instructions and guidance on renewing your Irish passports while living abroad.