Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (173)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

173. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the target and actual turnaround time for passport applications across all passport services in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13231/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

Turnaround times for passport applications in Ireland are outlined in the following tables:

Type of Passport Application

Current Average Turnaround Times

Online Passport Application

7 working days

An Post Passport Express Renewal Applications

16 working days

An Post Passport Express First Time Application, Lost/Stolen/Damaged Replacements

25 working days

Northern Ireland Passport Express Renewal Applications Northern Ireland Passport Express First Time Application,

15 working days

Northern Ireland Passport Express Lost/Stolen/Damaged Replacements

25 working days

Type of Passport Application

Current Target Turnaround Times

Online Passport Application

10 working days

An Post Passport Express Renewal Applications

15 working days

An Post Passport Express First Time Application, Lost/Stolen/Damaged Replacements

20 working days

Northern Ireland Passport Express Renewal Applications

15 working days

Northern Ireland Passport Express First Time Application, Northern Ireland Passport Express Lost/Stolen/Damaged Replacements

20 working days

Information on turnaround times for passport applications is updated weekly on the Passport Service website, www.dfa.ie/passport. The highest proportion of applications are submitted through the Passport Express postal channel. The average turnaround time for renewal applications submitted through An Post Passport Express currently stands at 16 working days. Applications in other categories, such as first time applicants or those involving lost or stolen passports, take longer as additional checks are undertaken.

The award winning online passport application service, which was launched in March last year, allows adult citizens to renew their passports online from anywhere in the world without any paperwork or witnesses. The target turnaround time for online passport application service is 10 working days plus postage time. The majority of online applications are currently being processed within 7 working days, well ahead of target. As more applicants avail of the service, the efficiency gains will help improve turnaround times more broadly.

The Passport Service operates a counter service in both the Dublin (Mount Street) and Cork offices where applicants who need their passport application processed in timeframes shorter than those offered by the Passport Express and online facility can be accommodated in certain circumstances. Appointments for this counter service can be booked online at www.passportappointments.ie.