Now Irish citizens can renew their passport via smartphone
A new service allows Irish citizens to renew their passport using mobile phones, PCs and tablets.
The Online Passport Application Service (OPAS) was launched in Dublin by Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan.
The service, dubbed "one of the most significant innovations in the department's customer service over the past 15 years", allows Irish citizens at home and overseas to renew their passports via the DFA's website (dfa.ie/passportonline).
A standard passport book application costs €80, with a large book at €110 and a passport card costing €35. Passports can be posted internationally for €5.
For now, the online application service is only available to existing passport-holders over the age of 18, with first-time applicants and children required to continue with the current system - through passport offices or An Post's Passport Express. Conveniently for Irish citizens who live overseas, the OPAS will allow passport-holders to renew documents online from anywhere in the world.
Digital photos required for online renewals must meet strict criteria. Unlike Ireland's new passport cards, the OPAS does not permit selfies or use of a webcam, although applicants can get someone else to take their photo using a smartphone or digital camera. Full guidelines are on the website.
In the wake of the Brexit vote, Ireland's Passport Service processed a record 733,000 passport renewals last year.