Ireland’s New Rapid Passport Renewal Service…

29th April 2014
Pól Ó Conghaile

The Irish Passport Service has launched a new rapid passport renewal service.

A new suite of services announced ahead of the busy summer travel period also includes an extension of the appointments system for urgent issues at Cork’s Passport Office, the hiring of temporary summer staff to deal with increased demands, and a Twitter account which will give the latest passport news.

It’s worth checking your passport regularly to ensure it isn’t due to expire. I go into the reasons and common pitfalls in a separate post (Renew Your Passport, Or Risk Losing Your Holiday), but for today’s purposes, I’m outlining the Passport Renewal Options now open to Irish citizens:

Emergency:

In the case of genuine emergencies such as a death abroad, the Passport Service offers an emergency service. Call 01-6711633.

One day:

A pilot Rapid Renewal programme based in the Dublin passport office on Molesworth Street will allow one-day passport renewals – by appointment only – for citizens who have a last-minute passport issue. A total of twenty appointments will be available every day until October. Appointments can be made from 2.30pm the previous day at www.dfa.ie, and the service costs €150.

3-10 days:

A passport appointment system for quick turnaround is available at the Passport Offices in Dublin and Cork. This allows customers to book, via a simple web based system, guaranteed time slots before travelling into the Passport Office. The priority in the system is given to those with urgent travel needs, and the allocated time for application submissions should reduce queue time. A fee of €150 applies (normal counter service costs €95). Book online here.

10 days+:

The Passport Express system is the fastest, cheapest (€80, plus €9 administration fee) and easiest way to apply for a passport. Apply through the local post office, in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the Passport Service aims to have passports back in 10 working days from the receipt of fully completed applications. For first time applicants or those who are replacing lost or stolen books, the processing time can take up to 15 working days. If applying from Great Britain, the process will take around three weeks.

You can set up a passport renewal reminder here.

Further Information:

Passport information, appointments and FAQs are all deal with on www.dfa.ie