If you are renewing your passport, you are over 18 and are not changing any of the details recorded in your passport you should apply using our Online Passport Application Service.
If you are not eligible to apply online, or do not wish to do so, then you can apply directly to your local Embassy or Consulate. The Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC accepts passport applications from Irish citizens resident in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia or the Caribbean Islands.
This guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application and answers some of the most common questions.
Read all sections of the passport application form to make sure you've filled it out correctly, including photo requirements and how to get it witnessed properly.
If the birth/marriage certificates are not in English, you must submit a certified English version of the original, translated by a registered translator.
If the birth/marriage certificate is not in English, you must also submit certified English versions of the originals, translated by a registered translator.
What are the guidelines for passport photographs?
The information below serves only as general guide. Please see the more detailed instructions and examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos that accompany the application form.
Infants or very young children who can't support themselves should be photographed lying down on a plain, white surface. No one else should appear in the photo, so make sure that hands or arms used to support the child are not visible.
If you have a disability that prevents you meeting all of these requirements, please use the Contact Us form to let us know and we will offer you further advice.
The information below is intended only as a general guide. Please read all the instructions that accompany the application form for detailed advice on the documents required in your particular case.
Identification (Section 9 of your application form)
Consent of parents/guardians (Section 7 of your application form)
Lost, stolen or damaged passports (Section 6 of your application form)
A member of one of the professions listed below can witness your passport application form as long as they are satisfied as to your identify and that your four photos are a true likeness of you. Make sure you bring photo identification with you and be aware that the witness may ask you for more proof of identification - this is at their discretion.
Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9.
This is an additional requirement for children. Everyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/guardians to get a passport and this consent must be witnessed.
The only exception to this is if the child is married.
If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:
If you lose two or more passports, it may restrict the period of validity for your next passport and it may not be possible to receive your passport in less than 10 working days.
Please note that USD fees for passports are regularly updated to keep in line with the Euro fees charged by the Passport Office in Ireland. Please also note that from 11th April 2011, fees also apply to persons aged 65 and over.
Effective 30 March 2017
Standard 10 Year. Available only to those aged 18 years and older: $105
Large 10 Year. Available on request to very frequent travellers aged 18 years and older: $135
Standard 5 Year. Issued to youths aged between 0 and 17 years inclusive: $50
Emergency Travel Document: $35
Out of Hours Fee: $90
Passport Cancellation Fee: $45
Local Courier Service: $10
International Courier Service: $20
Additional fees apply for emergency travel documents issued outside normal hours of opening and/or for same/next day delivery.
Fees may vary across our network of consulates in the USA – this is due to the different postage/courier fees that may apply.