When planning a trip outside of Ireland, a valid passport is often required. When your passport expires, begin the renewal process well before you plan to travel internationally. The process for renewing a passport in Ireland is nearly the same as applying for a passport for the first time.
Complete the application form in the presence of a witness, making sure to sign the signature section. Applications are available at Garda stations, passport offices in Dublin and Cork, some libraries and post offices providing passport express service.
Direct your witness to sign the witness section of the application as well as the back of one passport photo. Your passport photos should be shot from the front against a plain, white background. Make sure nothing is obstructing the view of your face in the pictures.
Enclose your application form, two passport photos, your latest passport and the appropriate processing fee in a padded envelope addressed to the passport office in either Dublin or Cork. Applications typically take four to five weeks for processing.
If you need your passport quickly, apply through the Passport Express service at an An Post office.
Do not pay processing fees with cash in the mail.