No longer will you have to queue at the Passport Office to get your passport as the Irish Passport office is set to introduce an online renewal digitised system from 2017 onwards where you will be able to process your application online.
The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed with the Irish Times that its plans are part of a major €18.6 million reform programme.
It foresees that the initial service will be for renewals in early 2017 and that a full service for all applicants will be available by early 2019.
The department has seen a huge increase in the amount of Irish passports requested in recent times. Last year, there was 669,806 Irish passports and 13,538 new Passport Cards issued. There was also a rise in applications due to the Euro 2016 Soccer championships and the new new US travel requirements for biometric passports also contributed.
Now, following the UK Brexit referendum result, there has been another surge in applications placing significant pressure on the system. The number of applications made by UK citizens has risen by 27.6 percent with 31,707 so far this year.