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Passport Express - Current turnaround times

Current turnaround times

As at 9 April 2014 and 16 April 2014, Passport Express services are taking 10/11 working days other than renewal applications which the average turnaround is 8 working days. However, it should be noted that express services for Northern Ireland is still taking a minimum of 15 working days.

The Passport Service recommends that applicants apply well in advance of their travel date for reasons:

It should be remembered that the stated turnaround period above indicates a performance level at a particular time. It is not a stated guarantee for applications.  The Passport Service is committed to achieving its business goal of issuing passports on time and in compliance with the Passports Act, 2008 from available resources. As part of this effort, the appointment of 160 temporary clerical officers has been made for this purpose and a number of small technical changes have been made to streamline the processing of certain renewal applications within the passport system.

Turnaround times previously achieved are as follows:

Week EndingPassport Express Turnaround
2nd Apr 2014  10 Working Days
26th Mar 2014 10 Working Days
19th Mar 2014 10 Working Days
12th Mar 2014 9-10 Working Days

If you have completed the application correctly, you should get the passport within 10 working days from the time we receive your application.

Use the 11-digit barcode number (on the receipt issued by An Post) to track the passport application.


2012 Passport Statistics

2012 Passport Statistics Table

During the peak season, the volume of applications can increase dramatically. While we aim to process all applications within the appropriate timeframe we would advise that our busiest period for processing applications occurs from April to September. 

From the period of October to March a larger amount of applications are processed with a turnaround time of 3 to 5 working days. We would therefore advise applicants who are looking for a quicker turnaround time to apply during these months. (see above diagram for numbers of applications processed).