As previously stated, anyone in need of a passport quickly can pay a EUR70 cost and have their passport within three to five days. In an emergency event, such as the death or serious sickness of a family member, or if emergency medical care is required, the passport might be issued on the same day. Otherwise, applicants can expect to wait three to five days for their documents.
In general, it takes about 10 working days to receive your passport after you submit an application. However, delays do occur, so it's best to allow enough time before a major travel occasion to avoid problems.
The fastest way to get an Irish passport is by applying online. This process takes just under two hours and allows for immediate confirmation of application status. An additional hour is allowed for postal applications.
If you don't have access to internet service or a computer suitable for uploading photographs, then you will need to send someone with these capabilities along with the completed application form. It's recommended but not essential that you send one photo that shows you from the neck up with nothing covering your face. There is a charge for this service.
Children under 16 years old can apply at some post offices with a parent or guardian present. The child must provide a copy of their birth certificate and write their name and date of birth below each photograph. The application process takes approximately 90 minutes for those who use this service.
Over 65s had been entitled to free passports since 2005, but if they travel to a passport office, they will now have to pay EUR 95, which is the new cost of a normal EUR 10 year passport. If they employ An Post's passport expedited service, the cost is EUR80.
Those who are eligible for a free passport should contact An Post or their local post office to find out more information about how to apply. They can also search for details on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Irish citizens aged 70 and older can obtain a special identification document called an "enhanced driver's license" (EDL). The EDL is valid for 10 years and can be obtained from any DMV location. There is no fee for this service.
The only requirement to receive an EDL is that you must be able to read, write, and understand English. You also need to meet certain vision requirements to be granted an EDL. The law requires that you see up close and personally (without glasses or contacts) an officer from the Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. This is usually not a problem for those who are still driving.
People who are unable to visit a passport office may request their EDL by mail or online. These requests must be made at least 30 days in advance of your birthday anniversary.
It takes four to six weeks to receive your passport, or two to three weeks if you pay a fee for expedited processing. To find out how much the fee is, check the Passport Information Page on the State Department's website.
The length of time it takes to process your application depends on several factors such as location, availability of staff members who can work with paper applications, volume of applications being processed and more.
Generally speaking, the faster you apply, the longer it will take to receive your passport. If you need your passport quickly, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible after purchasing it from us.
The good news is that most people should be able to obtain a passport within eight weeks if they begin the process immediately after receiving their ID card or driver's license and if there are no delays at the local office.
If you are applying for more than one page of content, such as a Birth Certificate or Death Certificate, it will take longer. Each page requires a photo and may require an interview by telephone or in person. The State Department offers free phone interviews (for certain questions) or $15 ($5 for children under 16) for in-person interviews.
Passport expedited service at the Post Office (2-3 weeks) At the post office, you can request expedited service (or another passport acceptance office). Along with your standard application expenses, you'll have to pay a $60 expedited charge. You'll also have to pay an extra shipping price if you want overnight delivery. Expedited service takes about two more weeks than regular processing time.
The fee is based on how long it will take to process your application. If it will take less than 7 days, there is no charge for expedited service. If it takes more than 7 days, there is a $60 charge per application.
You cannot expedite your own application. However, if you are able to go in person to a post office branch, they can issue you a Pardon Certificate which is valid for one year. This certificate is useful if you need to travel with only a photo ID document.
Children under 18 years old can expedite their passports online or at post office branches. In this case, a parent or guardian must accompany them during the appointment to sign them up and pay for the service.