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Irish Passport Renewal

Irish passport renewal can be done in-person, by post, or online. If you need to renew your Irish passport, you can do this from Ireland, the UK or anywhere else in the world. This article outlines how current Irish passport holders can renew their travel document.

We can help you with your Irish passport renewal or any other related immigration queries you may have. Contact us online or call IAS on +44 333 305 9375 today.

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    When it comes to obtaining an Ireland visa or permit, IAS Ireland immigration lawyers are well-equipped to help you.

    With IAS’ track record of successfully helping clients visit or immigrate to Ireland successfully, we can help you achieve your goal.

    Our dedicated immigration lawyers provide our services through a comprehensive and personalised approach. With IAS, you enjoy:

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    Am I Eligible for Irish Passport Renewal?

    If you have Irish citizenship, you are eligible for an Irish passport. Please note that the process for renewing a passport is not the same as first time applicants applying for their first passport.

    If your passport for Ireland expired over five years ago, you will have to submit a first Irish passport application, rather than use the renewal passport service.

    Adult Irish passports are valid for ten years from the month of issue. Your passport will be ready for renewal if:

    • You have lost or damaged your current passport
    • Your passport has been stolen
    • You have changed your name
    • Your passport will expire within the next 6-12 months.

    If you are living in the UK and have an Irish passport, you can renew your passport from the UK.

    Travelling with Less Than 6 Months Validity

    It is important to know that many countries around the world require that you have a minimum of 6 months validity on your passport before allowing you through immigration. This applies to popular tourist destinations such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE), Bali (Indonesia), Thailand and Egypt.

    Therefore, if you intend to travel to one of over 70 countries that hold this requirement, it is highly recommended that you renew your passport within the final 12 months of its validity.

    Please note you can travel to and from Ireland from the UK, and within the EU, without a minimum validity requirement so long as your travel document is in date.

    Different Types of Passport Renewal Options

    For most Irish citizen passport renewal applications, you will have to select one of the following routes:

    • Adult passport renewal
    • Child passport renewal
    • Complex passport renewal

    Child passport renewals tend to take longer than adult passport renewals as further documentation may be required as they age. Complex adult passport renewals are renewal options whereby additional documentation is required.

    There are three types of Irish travel documents that you can apply for or renew:

    • Standard electronic passports 
    • Passport cards
    • Second passports for business travellers.

    Standard Electronic Passport

    Standard Irish passports allow citizens of Ireland to travel internationally, and can be used as a document to confirm their personal and national identity as a citizen of Ireland and the European Union.

    Adult passports are usually valid for 10 year periods and come in a standard or large (66 page) size. Child passports are issued to children under the age of 18 and are usually valid for only 5 years and also come in a standard and large size.

    Passport Cards

    You can apply for a passport card during your standard electronic passport renewal. Passport cards are the size of a credit or debit card and allow you to travel from Ireland and the UK to countries in the EU, EEA, and Switzerland. These countries allow you to enter by just providing your passport card – you do not need to bring your passport book.

    Second Passports

    Second passports are available for individuals who travel frequently, usually for business purposes or who work in foreign affairs. This is because the embassies of certain nations sometimes need to keep a passport for an extended period whilst they process a visa application, so a second passport allows the frequent traveller to continue travelling during that timeframe.

    How to Renew Irish Passport in the UK?

    Renewing your Irish passport is usually a simple and straightforward process. The simplest way to renew your Irish citizen passport from the UK or abroad is to apply online through the Passport Online service.

    Online applications should take about ten minutes.

    You will only require the following documents to submit a passport renewal application:

    • Your current or expired Irish passport
    • An up-to-date digital passport photo of yourself, taken recently to prove identity
    • Your email address
    • Fee payment (debit or credit card).

    Usually, renewal passport applications don’t require other supporting documents, though the passport service reserves the right to request additional documents or evidence of the original documents at any stage of the application process.

    If your passport has been lost, damaged or stolen, you must contact the Irish Passport Office or your nearest Irish Embassy as soon as possible. Your passport must be logged as missing in order for the Irish passport office to consider renewing your passport without a former document.

    How Long Does an Irish Passport Renewal Take?

    Turnaround time for renewing an Ireland passport depends on the type of application process you take.

    Generally, the turnaround time for an online application will be as follows:

    Adult renewal: 2 weeks (10 working days)
    Child renewal: 3 weeks (15 working days)
    Complex Adult renewal: 3 weeks (15 working days)
    Passport card: 1 week (3-5 working days)

    Ordinary or registered post office applications could take up to 8 weeks to process.

    An online application tracking service is available to track the progress of your passport application renewal.

    Though unlikely, please note that the Passport Service may request further documentation or amendments to your application form during the application process, which could cause delays in your anticipated application timeline.

    You can also apply with us at IAS – our team can handle the entire process for you and offer any additional legal support you may require. Contact us online or call us on +44 333 305 9375.

    Make the application process easier with the help of our immigration team.

    How Do I Renew My Irish Passport If Lost, Damaged or Stolen?

    If you are in the UK or overseas and have lost or damaged your passport, or if your passport has been stolen, you will need to get in touch with your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible to report the issue.

    You can also report your passport as lost, damaged or stolen during the online renewal application.

    If you wish to speak with someone in-person or to renew your visa through paper form, in which you will be required to detail how your passport was lost, stolen or damaged by filling out Section 6 of the application form, you can book an appointment with your nearest Irish Consulate in the UK below:


    Embassy of Ireland, Great Britain

    17 Grosvenor Place
    SW1X 7HR

    Irish Embassy Passport and Visa Office

    114a Cromwell Road (Ground Floor)
    SW7 4ES

    Consulate General of Ireland

    14th Floor, 17 Marble St,
    M2 3AW


    16 Randolph Crescent
    EH3 7TT


    2 Caspian Point
    Caspian Way
    Cardiff Bay
    CF10 4DQ

    If you are in a complicated situation with regards to your lost or stolen passport and require legal advice, support, or representation, IAS have a team of expert immigration lawyers that can help. Contact us online or call us on +44 333 305 9375 today.

    How Much Does Irish Passport Renewal Cost?

    When applying online from the UK or another country abroad outside Ireland, there is an additional fee of €15.

    Passport TypeCost (euro) 
    Adult passport (standard 10 years) €75
    Adult passport (large – 66 page 10 years) €105
    Adult Passport Card €35
    Adult passport (standard) plus Passport Card bundle €100 
    Adult passport (large – 66 page) plus Passport Card bundle €130 
    Child passport (standard 5 years) €20
    Child passport (large – 66 page 5 years) €50
    Child passport (standard) plus Passport Card bundle €45
    Child passport (standard) plus Passport Card bundle €75

    Please note these prices do not include any potential additional fees, such as fees for obtaining or printing documents, travel, or legal fees. 

    Call us today to learn more about the process of Irish Passport Renewal.

    How Can IAS Help?

    In most cases, renewing your Irish passport from the United Kingdom is a simple, quick and straightforward process, with minimal complications.

    However, emergency circumstances or complications with the law can sometimes make passport renewals difficult. This can sometimes occur if you were born abroad or have citizenship in more than one country, or are facing legal or immigration issues. In these cases, you may require thorough legal guidance and support in order to navigate your passport challenges. If you are not in the United Kingdom and are in a country without an Irish consulate, your situation may be particularly challenging.

    That’s why IAS is here. We have a team of expert immigration lawyers who are here to listen to your case and support and guide you through the entire process, and if necessary can represent your case if you find yourself in challenging legal circumstances.

    Contact our expert team of immigration lawyers today by contacting us online or calling IAS on +44 333 305 9375.

    We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have an emergency case or require urgent passport renewal, you will need to use the urgent appointment service at your nearest Irish passport office. The Irish Embassy Passport office in the UK is located in London:

    Irish Embassy Passport and Visa Office

    114a Cromwell Road (Ground Floor)
    SW7 4ES

    If you are required to travel urgently within days of submitting a passport renewal, you may instead require an emergency travel document. Your nearest Irish Embassy can guide you through this process, or you can contact IAS for support.

    A passport card is a travel card that is the same size as a credit or debit card, and is recognised as a legal travel document in the following countries:

    • EU countries
    • EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway)
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom.

    Passport cards are valid for up to 5 years and can be obtained by any Irish citizen with a valid Irish passport. You can apply for a passport card along with your Irish passport renewal.

    An Emergency travel document is a document issued to people who need to travel urgently and do not have sufficient time to apply for or renew their passport. This can happen for various reasons, including family, health or business-related emergencies, legal or immigration challenges abroad, or the loss or theft of their current passport. In some cases, an individual’s passport may have expired or not be valid within a 6 month period that a country requires in order to enter.

    An emergency document acts like a standard passport and allows you to travel on or around your intended travel dates. Emergency travel documents are usually only valid for a short period.

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