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Latest passport turnaround information

Passport Online remains our priority service as it facilitates us to process your passport application more efficiently.

The processing of Passport Express applications, including Northern Ireland Passport Express and Great Britain Passport Express, resumed on 19 July 2021 but these applications take significantly longer for most applicants.

Passport Online Simple Adult Renewals

We continue to process simple adult renewals within 10 working days.

Passport Online Child renewals

We normally process in 15 working days of receiving the supporting documents.

We are currently registering documents within 3 working days of receipt. It takes 10 working to verify and scan the guardianship consent onto to our system.

Passport Online First time applicants

First time applications are complex and require additional time to process. This is because we have to verify all documents submitted and to ensure the identity of the applicant. For children, it is important to verify that we have the correct consent from all guardians.

We are currently registering within 5 working days of receipt. It takes 5 weeks to verify and scan supporting documents for first time applicants. We issue most passports within 8 weeks.

We will contact you by e-mail once the documents have been scanned on if we need more information, so make sure to check your inbox and spam folder.

Passport Express

Processing of paper based applications such as Passport Express, Northern Ireland Passport Express and Great Britain Passport Express resumed on 19 July 2021. The estimated turnaround time is 8 weeks but this is not a service guarantee and you should not book flights until you have your passport.

If you need your passport faster, please use the Passport Online Service.

Once you have made a paper based application, it cannot normally be expedited and we cannot return your supporting documents to you.

If you need to travel urgently for emergency reasons, you can contact our Customer Service Hub for assistance and advice***

These turnaround times are for applications submitted in Ireland, Great Britain and via our Passport Online service. Turnaround times are estimates based on current averages. They are not a service delivery guarantee.

If you submitted a paper based application through an Embassy or Consulate abroad, please see the Embassy website for your country of residence.


Passport Online: First time applicants

Irish citizens can apply for first time passports and renewals online if they are resident in

  • Ireland,
  • Northern Ireland,
  • Great Britain,
  • the European Union,
  • Iceland,
  • Liechtenstein,
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • United States of America

This fast, secure and convenient service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you have already submitted a paper application, you cannot apply online.

Complex renewals/Child renewals

This is when you have to submit extra documentation or you are changing information on your passport. For example, this could be changing your name or a lost or stolen passport. All applications for children are complex renewals. This is because the consent of all guardians has to be verified.

Simple renewals

This is when all the information on your passport is the same as your previous passport.

First time applicants

This is the first time you have applied for your Irish passport.

If you need to submit extra documents, the average turnaround time starts when we receive them.

Postage time is not included in the average turnaround time. Postage will be longer for applicants outside of Ireland.

Online application type

Current average turnaround times

Simple renewals

10 Working Days

Complex renewals

15 Working Days

First time applicants

40 Working Days

Paper Applications (via An Post)

Posted application type

Current average turnaround times

Adult and child renewal
8 weeks

First time application

8 weeks

Lost/stolen/damaged replacement

8 weeks
Adult and child renewal posted from Northern Ireland 8 weeks

First time application posted from Northern Ireland

8 weeks

Lost/stolen/damaged replacement posted from Northern Ireland

8 weeks


Type of passport application

Current average turnaround times

Great Britain Passport Express

8 weeks

See how to apply by Passport Express in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain

Two post offices currently offer a Passport Express service in Great Britain.

Applicants are strongly advised not to book flights until they have their passport.