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:
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:
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 a 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 our contact us page 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.
To have your passport and any original documents returned to you using a courier service:
Postage Fees (optional)
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.
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, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10.30am – 1.30pm. The Consulate is closed on Wednesday, except for emergencies.
The Consulate accepts telephone calls daily from 9am – 11am and again from 1:30pm - 3:30pm.
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
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."
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.