How Do I Renew My Passport in Ireland?

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How Do I Renew My Passport in Ireland?
Renew your Irish passport by mail (passport image by Gemma Williams from

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Application form
  • Witness
  • 2 passport photos
  • Most recent passport
  • Passport processing fee

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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