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Passport Express

How to apply

Passport Express is the only postal method accepted in Ireland when applying for your passport. Applications submitted by ordinary or registered post will be returned to the applicant and will not be processed. Apply through your local post office, in Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you are renewing an existing passport, the Passport Service aims to have passports back in 15 working days from the date we receive your application, provided the application has been submitted correctly.

First-time applicants and applications to replace lost, stolen and damaged passports should allow twenty five working days for the return of passports from the day of posting. Additional identity and security checks are required in these instances.

It is important to note that these processing times are a guideline only and not a guarantee. They depend on properly completed applications and also on the volume of applications at any one time.

Please be aware that you cannot submit your application through a post office in Ireland/Northern Ireland if you live abroad. All applications must be submitted in your country of residence. This includes residents in Great Britain who must apply through either designated Post Offices in Glasgow and Liverpool or the Irish Embassy in London. Further detailed passport information is available on the Irish Embassy London website.

Please also note that you cannot submit applications by ordinary or registered post. All postal applications must be submitted via the convenient and secure Passport Express system.

Living in Ireland? 

Living in Northern Ireland? 

Living in Great Britain? 

Terms and Conditions  

Living in Ireland?

You can choose to submit your Passport Express application through approximately 1,000 An Post offices.

Step by step guide:

  1. Get an APS 1E passport application form from any Garda station or An Post office.
  2. Once your passport application has been completed correctly and you have all the relevant documents, bring these to any An Post office. Then purchase a Passport Express envelope and hand your application to a counter clerk.
  3. Payment can be made by credit/debit cards, cash or cheque (made payable to An Post). View Passport Express fees.
  4. Once payment is made, you will be issued with a receipt. Keep this receipt in a safe place as it contains the tracking number for your passport application. It is also the reference point if you wish to make any queries concerning your application.

Living in Northern Ireland?

You can choose to submit your Passport Express application from over 70 post offices.

Step by step guide:

  1. Get an APS 2E passport application form from one of the many post offices.
  2. Once your passport application has been completed correctly and you have all the relevant documents, bring these to any of the listed post offices. Then purchase a Passport Express envelope and hand your application to a counter clerk.
  3. Payment should then be made by credit/debit cards, cash or cheque.
  4. Once payment is made, you will be issued with a receipt. Keep this receipt in a safe place as it contains the tracking number for your passport application. It is also the reference point if you wish to make any queries concerning your application.

Living in Great Britain?

There are two post offices currently offering a Passport Express service in Great Britain.

Glasgow

Glasgow Post Office,

140 West Nile Street,

Glasgow,

G1 2RD

Liverpool

Liverpool Post Office,

1 – 3 South John Street,

Liverpool,

L1 8BN.

Please note that residents in Great Britain cannot apply through the Passport Express Service operated by An Post in Ireland.

Step by step guide:

  1. Get an APS 2E passport application form from our Passport Office in London, your nearest Irish Centre or via post.
  2. Once your passport application has been completed correctly and you have all the relevant documents, bring these to one of the post offices in Glasgow or Liverpool. Then purchase a Passport Express envelope and hand your application to a counter clerk.
  3. Payment should then be made by credit/debit cards, cash or cheque.
  4. Once payment is made, you will be issued with a receipt. Keep this receipt in a safe place as it contains the tracking number for your passport application. It is also the reference point if you wish to make any queries concerning your application.
  5. The process takes around two to three weeks from the date we receive your application, provided the application has been submitted correctly.