The Gardaí are reminding the public that an online service is available for the renewal of passports.
An online service was introduced in March 2017 and the typical waiting time for an application to be completed online is ten days. To date 50,000 online applicants have been processed online.
Feedback from Garda stations throughout the country shows that some members of the public are not aware of this facility.
In a survey carried out in Blanchardstown Garda Station this month, over 600 applicants attended the Garda station to have their applications witnessed by a Garda. However 40% of the applicants were for renewal only and this service is available online so there's no need to attend a Garda station.
Only new applicants are required to have application forms witnessed, signed and stamped by An Garda Síochána.
"Whilst An Garda Siochana 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," said Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley.
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