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07th Dec 2018

A new online renewal service for children’s passports has been launched

Amy Nolan


It should hopefully speed up the whole process.

Getting passports renewed can be a bit of an ordeal, what with organising the relevant documentation and getting to the Garda Station, but good news parents, a new online service could take the stress out of the task.

The service is now available to use and has been availed of by a significant number of people so far.

The Irish Examiner spoke to the director of the Passport Service Fiona Penollar who said:

“The real advantage of the new online service is it streamlines the system, reducing the steps people need to take.”

Until now parents had no option but to go to a Garda station so the identity of their child could be witnessed. Additionally, parents or guardians were compelled to get a witness such as a priest or solicitor to verify that the parent/guardian was consenting for the minor to have a passport.

According to the publication, the process is straightforward and should only take ten minutes to complete. There is a crypto seal on the site to protect people’s information.

As children’s passports need to be renewed every five years, this new service could save you a lot of time and effort! The fee for renewing a child’s passport using the Online Passport Application Service is €20 plus a €5 postage fee.

For further details, you can visit the Citizen’s Information website.