Latest passport turnaround information
These turnaround times are for applications submitted in Ireland, Great Britain and via our Online Passport Renewal Service. Turnaround times are estimates based on current averages. They are not a service delivery guarantee.
If you submitted an application through an Embassy or Consulate abroad, please see the Embassy website for your country of residence. Details at: www.dfa.ie/embassies
Online Passport Renewal Service
Our Online Passport Renewal Service is the cheapest and most convenient way to renew a passport. This service can be used by Irish citizens living anywhere in the world and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
|Online application type||Current Average Turnaround Times|
|Adult (18+)||10 working days|
|Child (under 18)||10 working days|
The turnaround times for our Online Passport Renewal Service do not include postage time. Where documents are required to support your application, processing of the application will not begin until the supporting documents have been received.
Paper Applications (via An Post)
The Passport Service strongly advises that you apply at least six weeks ahead of your intended date of travel. Always check you and your family’s passport expiry date before you book a trip. First time applications take longer to process than passport renewals due to the additional security measures required.
|Posted application type||Current Average Turnaround Times|
|Adult and child renewal
||15 working days|
First time application
|17 working days|
|17 working days|
|Adult and child renewal posted from Northern Ireland||15 working days|
First time application posted from Northern Ireland
|29 working days|
Lost/stolen/damaged replacement posted from Northern Ireland
29 working days
Paper applications from Great Britain
All paper applications must be submitted in your country of residence.
In Great Britain you can apply through Post Offices in Glasgow and Liverpool, by post to Cork Passport Office, PO Box 907, South City DSU, Cork, Ireland, T12 C825, or by appointment at the Embassy of Ireland Passport Office in London.
|Type of Passport Application||Current Average Turnaround Times|
|Great Britain Renewals (paper)||21 working days|
|Great Britain First Time Applications||59 working days (minimum)|
|Great Britain Passport Express**||15 working days|
** Two post offices currently offer a Passport Express service in Great Britain. See here for further information.
Applicants are strongly advised not to book flights until they have their passport.
If you require your passport to be renewed in a timeframe shorter than what is offered by Passport Express or the Online Passport Renewal Service, you can make an appointment for the service at the Passport Service in Dublin or Cork. Appointments must be booked online.
For those who need to renew their passport and are travelling within the next three days, the Passport Service operates a limited rapid renewal service at the Passport Office in Dublin. This service is strictly by appointment only. There are a limited number of appointments available per day and proof of travel will be required.