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 10 working days to process your application, if all your documents are in order. However, this does not include the time it will take for your passport to be delivered to you by post. An online renewal application for a standard 10-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 10-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 Clifden Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 0761 07 7580 / 087 1301100; Email clifden@citinfo.ie; 2nd Floor, Credit Union Building, Clifden. Open: Thursday 7pm – 8pm, Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm, closed Thursday August 15; Letterfrack service Tuesday 20 August, 1pm to 4pm