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Passport Express

How to apply

Passport Express is the only postal application method accepted in Ireland for passport applications. Apply through your local post office, in Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you are renewing an existing passport, the Passport Service aims to have your passport back in 15 working days from the date we receive your application, provided the application has been submitted correctly. Please see up to date turnaround times here.

Allow twenty five working days for processing and postage if you are submitting a first-time application or an application to replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport. These applications take longer to process than renewal applications as additional identity and security checks are required.

Processing times are a guideline only and not a service guarantee. Turnaround times can vary depending on the volume of applications being processed by the Passport Service at any one time.

Please be aware that you cannot submit your application through a post office in Ireland/Northern Ireland if you live abroad. Postal applications must be submitted in your country of residence. For example, if you live in the USA and are on holidays in Ireland, you cannot submit your passport application via Passport Express. You must submit your application through the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate in your country of permanent residence.  

Residents of Great Britain can apply through either designated Post Offices in Glasgow and Liverpool or the Irish Embassy in London. Further detailed passport information is available on the Irish Embassy London website.

Applications submitted by ordinary or registered post will be returned to the applicant and will not be processed.

You can choose to submit your Passport Express application through approximately 1,000 An Post offices.

Step by step guide:

  1. Get an APS 1E passport application form from any Garda station or An Post office.
  2. Once your passport application has been completed correctly and you have all the relevant documents, bring these to any An Post office. Then purchase a Passport Express envelope and hand your application to a counter clerk.
  3. Payment can be made by credit/debit cards or cash. View Passport Express fees.
  4. Once payment is made, you will be issued with a receipt. Keep this receipt in a safe place as it contains the tracking number for your passport application. It is also the reference point if you wish to make any queries concerning your application.

You can choose to submit your Passport Express application from over 70 post offices.

Step by step guide:

  1. Get an APS 2E passport application form from your nearest post office.
  2. Once your passport application has been completed correctly and you have all the relevant documents, bring these to any of the listed post offices. Then purchase a Passport Express envelope and hand your application to a counter clerk.
  3. Payment should then be made at the post office by credit/debit cards or cash.
  4. Once payment is made, you will be issued with a receipt. Keep this receipt in a safe place as it contains the tracking number for your passport application. It is also the reference point if you wish to make any queries concerning your application.

There are two post offices currently offering a Passport Express service in Great Britain.

Glasgow

Glasgow Post Office,
140 West Nile Street,
Glasgow,
G1 2RD

Liverpool

Liverpool Post Office,
1 – 3 South John Street,
Liverpool,
L1 8BN.

Please note that residents in Great Britain cannot apply through the Passport Express Service operated by An Post in Ireland.

Step by step guide:

  1. Get an APS 2E passport application form from our Passport Office in London, your nearest Irish Centre or via post.
  2. Once your passport application has been completed correctly and you have all the relevant documents, bring these to one of the post offices in Glasgow or Liverpool. Then purchase a Passport Express envelope and hand your application to a counter clerk.
  3. Payment should then be made at the post office by credit/debit cards or cash.
  4. Once payment is made, you will be issued with a receipt. Keep this receipt in a safe place as it contains the tracking number for your passport application. It is also the reference point if you wish to make any queries concerning your application.
  5. The process takes around two to three weeks from the date we receive your application, provided the application has been submitted correctly.

Residents of Great Britain can also submit their passport application through the Embassy of Ireland, Great Britain. See here for further information. 

See our Frequently Asked Questions

See our photo guidelines for paper applications

See our Terms and Conditions  

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