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Latest passport turnaround information

*Our priority is processing the applications which were received during the Level 5 restrictions. We are prioritising all applications received before 29 April 2021. We will process these within 6-8 weeks. We will continue to process simple adult renewals (information is the same as previous passport) within 10 days of receipt. Complex renewals (including all children) and First Time Applications will be processed once all applications received before 29 April are processed. 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

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

15 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
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First time application

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Lost/stolen/damaged replacement

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Adult and child renewal posted from Northern Ireland Paused

First time application posted from Northern Ireland

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Lost/stolen/damaged replacement posted from Northern Ireland

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

Type of passport application

Current average turnaround times

Great Britain Renewals (paper)

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Great Britain First Time Applications

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Great Britain Passport Express

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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.