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How to apply for a Passport

Online Service. Irish Citizens who are over 18yrs, and have previously held an Irish Passport, can now apply for their Passport Book and/or Passport Card online. To see if you are eligible, please visit www.dfa.ie/passportonline

If you are not eligible to apply online, or do not wish to apply online, our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. The guide will answer some of the most common questions like:

Application Forms

If you are resident outside of Ireland, you need to use an APS2 application form.  They are available in Irish (APS2G) and in English (APS2E).

For residents of Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Rhode Island, APS2 forms are available:

Documentation

You will need to include:

  • A completed and witnessed APS2 application form. See the "Application Forms" tab for information on how to get a form
  • 4 Passport Photographs (2 witnessed)
  • Previous passport if you have had one
  • Long form birth certificate. This must be included for all under 18s and for adults if you have lost your passport, or if applying for your first passport.
  • Civil Marriage Certificate (if you are changing your name)
  • Additional documents for first and/or lost passport applications. See below for information.

If you are applying for an Irish passport for the first time or have lost your passport you need to include the following:

  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • If these documents are not in English, you must also submit a certified English version of the originals, translated by a registered translator.
  • A certified copy of your photo identification, such as your driver's licence, or the original copy of your passport from another country or your college identification card.You can get it certified by the person who witnesses your application form.
  • An original document showing proof of your name, such as a pay slip, college registration correspondence or social welfare receipts.
  • An original document showing proof of your address, such as a utility bill, bank statement or official correspondence from a public or private sector organisation.

Further documents are required in certain cases, please select from the option(s) below for information if:

If you were born outside Ireland to a parent born on the island of Ireland, you will also need:

  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • The original long-form birth certificate and civil marriage certificate of your Irish-born parent.

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 neither of your parents were born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent, you will also need:

  • Your original foreign birth registration certificate. Please see the citizenship section if you need to apply for this certificate.

If you are a naturalised Irish Citizen, you will also need:

  • Your original naturalisation certificate. Please see the citizenship section for more information on this certificate
  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).

If the birth/marriage certificate is not in English, you must also submit certified English versions of the originals, translated by a registered translator.

Born Abroad and adopted under Irish Law

  • Your certificate of entry by the Adoption Authority of Ireland in the Register of Foreign Adoptions.
  • Your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • A document that proves your adoptive parent was an Irish citizen at the time of your adoption, such as a long form birth certificate or an Irish passport.

Post-Nuptial Citizen

  • Your original post-nuptial certificate.
  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).

Photo Guidelines

What are the guidelines for passport photographs?

The information below serves only as a general guide. Please see the more detailed instructions and examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos that accompany the application form.

Size

  • Minimum: 35mm x 45mm
  • Maximum: 38mm x 50mm

Lighting and focus

  • Photos must be in sharp focus and correctly exposed
  • Shadows from the head must NOT appear in the background
  • Good colour balance and natural skin tones are essential
  • 'Red eye' in photographs is not acceptable
  • A clear contrast is needed between facial features and background

Photo quality

  • Photos must be printed on photo-quality paper at a high resolution
  • There should be no ink marks or creases
  • Digital enhancements or changes are not acceptable
  • The reverse of the photos must be white and unglazed
  • Black and white photos are recommended as they're digitally printed onto the passport in black and white. But we also accept colour photos.

Passport photo do's and don'ts

Pose

  • Do centre your head in the photo
  • Do look directly at the camera
  • Do make sure your facial features are clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to the crown of your head
  • Don't tilt your head up/down or left/right

Expression

  • Do keep your facial expressions neutral (no raised eyebrows, frowns)
  • Do keep both eyes open and your mouth closed
  • Don't smile

Glasses, head covers and clothing

  • Do wear your glasses (if you normally wear them) but make sure there's no reflection on the lenses and the frames don't obscure your eyes
  • Don't wear sunglasses or glasses with tinted lenses, unless they're prescription
  • Don't wear a head covering unless it's for religious or medical reasons
  • Don't wear a uniform, civil or military (e.g. showing epaulettes, insignia)

Infants

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.

People with disabilities

If you have a disability that prevents you meeting all of these requirements, please use our contact us page to let us know and we will offer you further advice.

How to get your passport application witnessed

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)

Identification

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.

  • Police officer
  • Member of clergy
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager
  • Elected public representative
  • Notary public/commissioner for oaths
  • Peace commissioner
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Accountant

You must:

  • Sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of the witness. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form

The witness must:

  • Complete Section 9 of the form, including a work landline phone number - mobile phone numbers will not be accepted
  • Be currently practicing their profession within our Consular Area (MA, ME, VT, NH, RI)
  • Insert the form number from Section 9 on the back of two of your four photos
  • Sign the back of those two photos (the witness should not stamp the back of the passport photographs)
  • Place their stamp in Section 9 of the form OR if they do not have a stamp, include their business card

Remember...

Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9.

Consent of parents or guardians

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.

Parents/guardians must:

  • Fill in and sign the relevant part of Section 7 of the passport application form in the presence of a listed witness
  • Find out what to do if both parents/guardians are unble to sign Section 7
  • This is the same witness list as the Section 9 identification requirement.

The witness must:

  • Complete, sign and stamp Section 7, including a work landline telephone number - mobile telephone numbers are not acceptable
  • Be currently practicing their profession within our Consular Area (MA, ME, VT, NH, RI)
  • Sign each column separately if they witness both parents/guardians' signatures
  • Place their stamp in both columns of Section 7 OR include 2 business cards

Lost/stolen and damaged passports

If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:

  • Complete Section 6 of the application form, explaining how your previous passport was lost, stolen or damaged
  • Have it witnessed and stamped by the same person who witnessed Section 9 of your application

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.

Remember...

Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen.

Fees and Where to apply

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.

Type Eligibility Fee (in USD)
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 Children Under 18 years $50
Additional Fees Out of Hours Fees $90
Emergency Travel Document (ETC)  Only intended for people who have lost their passport, or who have had their passport stolen, and must urgently travel to Ireland $35
Temporary Passport  Restrictions Apply, please see our checklist  $35
Passport Certification Fee   $45

Postage Fees (optional)

To have your passport and any original documents returned to you using a courier service:

Courier Fee:$15

If you do not submit a courier fee, all documents and your passport will be returned to you using First Class Mail.

Fees may vary across our network of consulates in the USA – this is due to the different postage/courier fees that may apply.

PAYMENT

The Consulate accepts payments for passports in the form of money orders or certified bank checks/drafts only. We regret we cannot accept payments in cash, personal checks, or credit/debit cards.

Money orders or bank cheques should be made payable to the ‘Consulate General of Ireland, Boston.’ Incomplete cheques will be returned.

Where to apply

The Consulate General of Ireland, Boston is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10.00 to 15.00. We accept telephone calls between 09.00 and 17.00 Monday through Friday.

Residents of MA, ME, NH, VT, or RI may submit their completed applications in person during our public hours.

Alternatively, you may post your application to:

The Consulate General of Ireland
Passport Section
535 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Residents of any other U.S. State or the District of Columbia may lodge their applications with their local consulate or Embassy

If you decide to post your application, we strongly recommend you use registered mail or a reputable courier service. The Consulate cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit. We accept any type of mail.

 

Remember....

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.