Advice for Passport Applications – Calleary

Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary is advising people that there are currently 80,000 Passport Applications lodged with The Passport Service.

He offers the following advice.

Save Time – Renew Online:

It is just over one year since the Department of Foreign Affairs launched the Online Passport Application Service. This service offers the convenience of an online application facility, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for adult Irish citizens at home and overseas. Since it was launched in March last year over 180,000 online renewal applications have been processed and the service’s popularity continues to increase with over 80,000 online applications received since the beginning of this year alone. It is fast, secure and with no need to complete a form, printed photos, or look for witnesses – the most convenient way for adults to renew their passport.

The target turnaround time for online renewal applications is 10 working days (plus postage time) with the vast majority of applications currently processed in 7 days or less. At present, the online service only accommodates adult renewals but it is planned to further extend the online passport application service to more categories of renewals by the end of 2018.

Check before you book:

Applicants are advised to check their passport before booking their flights and to apply early, at least six weeks in advance of travel.

Use the correct channel:

It is important that passport applicants use the correct channel to submit their application. If they are not eligible to use the online facility:
Use Passport Express – if travelling in 3 weeks or more, or
Make an appointment to submit the application at the public counters in Dublin (Mount Street or Cork).
If travelling within the next three days, a rapid renewal service by appointment at the Passport Office in Dublin can provide a same-day turnaround. There are a limited number of appointments per day and proof of travel will be required.

Should you have any queries concerning a Passport Application please contact me on 096 77613.