How to renew an Irish passport as an adult

Introduction

This document explains how to renew your Irish passport if you are over 18 years old.

You must be an Irish citizen in order to be eligible for an Irish passport.

Irish passports for adults are valid for ten years. To continue to travel abroad after this time, you will have to apply to renew your Irish passport. You may also wish to apply to renew your passport because –

If your most recent passport expired more than 5 years ago, you should read the document on applying for your first Irish passport.

You can renew your passport at any time. If you apply for a new passport before your current one has expired, your new passport will run from when you apply.

If you want to change the name on your passport because, for example, you have married, you should renew your passport.

You can renew your Irish passport:

  • Online, through Passport Online
  • By post, through Passport Express
  • In person, through the Passport Office’s counter service

Passport applications and COVID-19

The Passport Service is not currently processing applications. You can still apply for a new passport through Passport Online, but it will not be processed while Level 5 restrictions are in place.

The Passport Express service is not currently available.

Passport phone lines are now closed.

If you urgently need a passport to travel (because of the death or serious illness of a family member, or you need urgent medical treatment abroad), you should contact the Passport Service through webchat.

Renewing your passport through Passport Online

You can renew an Irish passport online, following the step-by-step instructions provided. You can renew online from anywhere in the world, as long as your previous Irish passport is no more than 5 years out of date.

You do not have to verify your identity when renewing your passport using the online service. If your current passport has more than 12 months validity at the time of your renewal application, you will have to send the original passport by post.

Digital photographs

You must include a digital photo as part of your application. You can do this in three ways:

  • Have your photo taken at a participating photo provider, who will give you a unique code to include with your online application.
  • Have your photo taken at a photo provider, and ask them to email it to you, or save the photo on a USB device, or other storage method. You must have access to the photo when completing your online application
  • Take a photo at home using a digital camera or smartphone. This cannot be a “selfie” and you should not use the zoom function of your camera. The photo must capture your image from the waist upwards.

You can read more about the photo requirements for the Passport Online service.

Renewing by post through Passport Express

Passport Express is a service provided by An Post.

If you are an Irish citizen living in Ireland, you should fill in form APS 1. You will find this form at Garda stations and at any Post Office. It is not currently possible to download the paper application form.

If your current passport has more than 12 months validity at the time of your renewal application, you will have to send the original passport by post.

Photographs

You must include 4 recent identical photographs of yourself with your application. 2 of these photographs should be signed on the back by the person who witnesses the application. The witness should also write the form number shown in Section 9 of the application form on the two signed photographs. If you are applying for your passport in Ireland the witness must be a member of the Garda Síochána.

More detailed information on passport photographs is available.

Passport Express abroad

A number of UK Post Office branches in Northern Ireland provide the Passport Express service (pdf). There are also two post offices in Great Britain offering Passport Express (Glasgow Post Office, 140 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RD and Liverpool Post Office, 1 – 3 South John Street, Liverpool, L1 8BN.).

If you are applying abroad, suitable categories of witness are listed on the application form. The witness should enter their daytime contact number on the application form as this may need to be verified by the Passport Service or the relevant embassy or consulate.

Renewing your passport in person

The counter service at the Passport Office is mainly designed to accommodate people who need their passports urgently, and don’t have enough time to apply in the other ways. In these cases, you should book an appointment with the Passport Office in Dublin or Cork. More information on rapid passport renewals is below.

If you living abroad and unable to use Passport Online, you can apply for an Irish passport in person, or using ordinary or registered post to your nearest Irish embassy or consulate. You use form APS 2.

You cannot download the application form. You can get the application form from the Irish embassy or consulate in the country where you live (or the closest embassy or consulate).

Fees for passport renewals

Standard 10-year, 34-page passport

  • Passport Online - €75 (+ €5 postage if you live outside Ireland)
  • Passport Express - €80 (+€9.50 fee)
  • In person - €95

Large 10-year 66-page passport

  • Passport Online – €105 ((+ €5 postage if you live outside Ireland)
  • Passport Express - €110 (+€9.50 fee)
  • In person – €125

An Post also offers a 'Family Application' option where up to 4 passport applications can be enclosed in one envelope. The additional charge for a Family Application is €16

How long will my passport renewal take?

Online renewals are completed in approximately 10 working days

If you are renewing through the Passport Express service, you should allow at least 20 working days for your application to be processed (not including postage times). This period may be extended at certain times of the year due to increased application numbers.

Check the Passport Service website for current processing times

Tracking the progress of your passport application

The Passport Service provides a Passport Tracking Service, which allows you to check the status of your application online. In order to do this, you must have the application number from your form (available in the top left-hand corner of the form) to do this.

Rapid renewals and emergency travel documents

Rapid renewals

A Rapid Renewal Service is available in the Dublin Passport Office for adults and children who are renewing their passport and who are travelling in less than 3 working days. This service is currently not available. If you urgently need a passport for emergency travel abroad, you can contact the Passport Service through its webchat service.

Emergency travel documents

In cases of genuine emergency, the duty officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can issue an emergency travel document of limited validity. Examples of such emergencies are:

  • Situations of substantial distress such as the deaths or funerals of immediate family members abroad
  • Urgent medical attention abroad

It is not possible for an emergency travel document to issue to minors (except in extremely limited circumstances), to first time applicants or in cases that do not involve a medical emergency or family bereavement.

There is a charge of €110 for this out-of-hours emergency service.

Emergency travel documents may also be issued by Irish embassies or consulates, to replace a passport that is lost or stolen abroad.

Additional documentation you may need

Change of name

if you want to change the name on your passport to your married name, you must submit your civil marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate.

If your previous passport was issued in your married name and you want your new passport issued in your maiden name you must submit your birth certificate and your judicial separation court order, your separation agreement or your divorce decree. Otherwise, you will need to submit 2 official documents that show you have been using your maiden name for 2 years.

If you have changed your name for another reason, you will have to submit documentary evidence that you have been continually using the name for at least 2 years.

If the name you are known by is the Irish version of your name but you do not have proof of 2 years’ usage, proof of at least 6 months’ usage may be accepted. If the proof of 6 months’ usage is accepted, the English version of your name will also be noted on the passport.

If your documents are not in English you must also supply a certified English version, translated by a registered translator.

Gender recognition

You can apply in your preferred gender if you have received a Gender Recognition Certificate from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. You will need to submit your Gender Recognition Certificate and your birth certificate as re-issued after gender recognition. You also have to supply documentary evidence that you have been using the name continually for at least 2 years.

Useful contacts

You can contact the Passport Service via phone or webchat.

Passport Office

Knockmaun House
42-47 Lower Mount Street
Dublin 2
D02 TN83
Ireland

Opening Hours: 9:00am -4:30pm, Mon-Fri
Tel: +353 (0)1 671 1633

Passport Office

1a South Mall
Cork
Ireland

Page edited: 23 October 2020