The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trace, Charlie Flanagan TD, launched the new Online Passport Application service on 30th March 2017. This new service will allow adults to renew their passport books and cards online wherever they are in the world. Speaking at the launch Minister Flanagan said:
“ I am delighted to announce that from today Irish Citizens anywhere in the world aged over eighteen will be able to renew their passports online, using my Department’s website. The launch of the Online Passport Application Service is one of the most significant innovations in customer service that this Department has delivered over the past fifteen years. Applicants will have the choice of renewing their passports via their personal computers, tablets or mobile phones; having their photos talen in one of the digital “Photo-Me” booths located around the country; or going to a photo provider such as a photographer or pharmacy who can provide them with a digital photon on a CD, USB or by email. “
Full details about the Online Passport Application Service are available at this website page.
In addition the Minister also announced a revision to passport fees: “The fees charged online will be the same as for Passport Express with a reduction of €10 for applicants who apply for a passport book and card at the same time online. All children’s passports will now be valid for five years at a cost of €30 and may be applied for using Passport Express. The three year passport for infants will no longer be available. The standardisation of children’s passports will result in less confusion among parents about expiry date on children’s passport and more efficiencies for the passport service.
Full details about revises Passport fees can be found by visiting this website page.