Irish passport renewal now online for children too as 430,000 adults use service since 2017

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  • 430,000 have renewed passports online – 7pc aged over 70; 24pc 18-30 and 32pc 32-45
  • 70pc of renewals from the island of Ireland; 16pc are from Britain; and 30pc from Dublin
  • 200 people aged over 90 have used web service
  • A total of 6m passports are live
  • 200 people aged over 90 have used web service

Online Irish passport renewals, which were first introduced in 2017, have now extended to children as well as all adult Irish citizens.

Postal applications are still available, as is the rapid renewal service, limited to 30 people a day looking for an emergency document.

This expanded service permits the online renewal of children’s passports, introduces a passport card for children, and means that all Irish citizens can now renew their passports online 24/7, from anywhere in the world.

Fiona Penollar, Director of Passport Office

Fiona Penollar, Director of Passport Office

With the  system, you will need a digital photograph, an email address and a credit/debit card to apply online. To ensure the Passport Service continues to verify the identity of the child and receive the consent of guardians using the online renewal service, a Child Passport Identity and Consent Form will be generated for printing and witnessing at the end of the online process.

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Fiona Penollar, Director of the Passport Service, told Travel Extra: “There’s still a bit of paperwork for children though under the new scheme, to prove identify. For an adult you do it all at home, you don’t need to leave your house.

“For a child the final step is getting the child’s identity and consent of guardians verified. That still does require a page being printed out and what the guardians then have to get someone to witness it.”

The website has a list of witnesses who might know the family, and they can include a public health nurse, doctor, school secretary or creche manager.

Once you have that sorted, it’s a case of posting a label with witness verification and free-posting it to the passport office.

Full details about the Online Passport Renewal Service are available at www.dfa.ie/passportonline

“We’ve reduced the price now – for an adult it’s €75; if you go through the paper route it’s €89.50,” Ms Penollar said. “For children the cost [of the online service]is €20 plus five euro postage, so you are saving.”

And it’s interesting that all ages are going online: “we’ve had one 99-year-old”, said Fiona, and 430,000 people have used the service in total, 200 of them aged over 90.

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Processing takes up to two weeks, with next day postage delivery in Ireland, from the passport office to your address.

“Since 2015 we’ve been on a journey of reform. We’ve been improving our back-end systems, our customer service, we’ve been increasing the protection of the passport and the integrity of it. One of the major projects is the provision of online services. On the 31st of March 2017 we launched online for adults renewing and now the same service for children,” said Ms Penollar.

She said despite “a huge increase in applications” from Britain in recent years, “in an actual numerical context it’s relatively small. The biggest numberical increase is on the island of Ireland and within the State, by far.”

Regarding applications for the busy summer season, she said: “I would always say to people, give yourself six weeks just so you’re not stressing. What I would like people to do is worry about what they’re wearing to dinner when coming off the beach, not worrying about whether their passport is arriving or not, that’s the really crucial thing.”

 

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