Gardaí reminding public to use the online passport renewal system


An Garda Síochána are reminding members of the public that an online service is available for the renewal of passports.

In a recent survey carried out in Blanchardstown Garda Station, over 600 applicants attended the Garda Station for the purpose of having their applications witnessed by a member of An Garda Síochána.

However 40% of those did not need to attend the Garda station as their application was for passport renewal – a service which is now available online.

Only new applicants are required to attend a Garda Station to have application forms witnessed, signed and stamped by An Garda Síochána.

Speaking at Blanchardstown Garda Station, Chief Superintendent, Lorraine Wheatley, said: "Whilst An Garda Síochana welcomes interactions with members of the public, we are aware that people are making unnecessary journeys to Garda Stations only to be told that the facilitate for renewal of passports is available online and is a much quicker process."

This online service was introduced in March 2017 and the typical waiting time for application to be completed online is ten days.

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