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Minister Charlie Flanagan Launches New Passport Application Guide

Passports, Minister Charles Flanagan, Travel, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015
DFAT HQ, Iveagh House, St.Stephens Green, Dublin

 

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., has launched a new guide to completing the passport application form.

The guide accompanies new application forms and is available in post offices and Garda stations.

Minister Flanagan said:

“The Passport Office receives 80,000 incomplete applications each year. It is hoped that the new guide, which gives clear and concise instructions, will greatly reduce the most common errors and speed up processing times. The guide includes sample screenshots of the more complex sections of the application form, with information on how to complete them properly.

“In the first six months of 2015 the number of passport applications received increased by almost 5% from the same period in 2014. In 2014, a total of 629,446 passports were issued.

“I am confident that this new guide will greatly assist people in applying for their passport, whether they are first time applicants or renewing their passport. The new guide has been designed to clarify the process of filling in the passport application form with a view to minimising errors and ensuring that passports are issued as quickly as possible.”

The application form has also been updated to include the Eircode, however, older versions of the form will still be accepted.

Minister Flanagan also confirmed that the new Passport Card will be available from the end of September 2015. The Passport Card will be available to all those with a valid passport book.

“Those travelling within the EU and EEA will be able to use the Passport Card. Frequent travellers will find this particularly useful if their Passport Booklet is with an embassy as part of a visa application. The Passport Card will also be very useful for young people who will be able to use it as identification instead of their Passport Booklet, especially on nights out,” Minister Flanagan said.

Minister Flanagan also reminded citizens to check the validity of their passports and apply in plenty of time.

“I urge all passport holders to check that they know where their passport is, and that it is in date. I also recommend that parents check the validity of their child or children’s passports as they are only valid for three or five years.”

ENDS
Press Office
9 August 2015

Notes to Editors:
• The passport application guide is available here
• The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website provides comprehensive information about passports and passport applications, including:
o A step-by-step guide to How to Apply for a Passport
o A passport renewal reminder service
o A passport application tracking service
o An appointment service for those travelling at short notice (within 3-10 working days)
• Customers not travelling within 3-10 working days should use Passport Express. Passport Express is an easy-to-use service operated by An Post exclusively for passports. It is available throughout the post office network and has been in use since 1995. Applications reach us quickly and more securely. It costs less than ordinary mail or over-the-counter applications.
• The Passport renewal service turnaround time is currently 10/11 working days. For first time applicants or those who are replacing lost or stolen books, the processing time can take up to 15 working days, provided the application has been submitted correctly.
• A new Irish Passport Card, which will be accepted for travel within the European Union and the European Economic Area and will be available from the end of September 2015. The Passport Card will be available to all Irish citizens who are over 18 years and hold a valid Irish Passport. The card will have a maximum validity of 5 years (or the remaining validity of an individual’s passport book) and will cost €35. Further details on the Passport Card are available on our website here.