Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Passport Applications Administration
123. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the turnaround times for passport express renewal first-time applications and online renewal applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25585/19]
The Passport Service is currently in its peak season for passport demand with the vast majority of applications being received between February and August each year.
Renewal applications received through the Online Passport Renewal Service are being processed within the target turnaround time of ten working days plus postage time. A large proportion of applications submitted through this online channel are currently being processed in time frames shorter than the target turnaround time.
Renewal applications submitted through Passport Express are currently being processed within the target turnaround time of 15 working days plus postage time. First-time applications and applications from citizens who are applying to replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport submitted through Passport Express are being processed within the target turnaround time of 20 working days.