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.
If you are applying for an Irish passport for the first time, or an applicant whose passport has been expired for 5 years or more, or you have lost your passport you need to include the following:
-When including birth/marriage certificates that are not in English or Irish, you must submit a certified English version of the original, translated by a registered translator.
If you were born outside of Ireland, you must also provide original documents substantiating the basis for your Irish Citizenship. Please consult the following scenarios described below.
Further documents are required in certain cases, please select from the option(s) below for information if:
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.
Poor quality photographs are the main reason we have to reject passport applications. Bring these photo guidelines with you to your photographer to ensure that your photo complies fully with the requirements.
If you don’t make sure the witness signs, writes the form number and stamps on the back of two photos, you’ll have to submit a new application form and photos.
The photos should show a close up of your face and the top of your shoulders so that your face takes up between 70% and 80% of the frame
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, Contact us and we can advise you.
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.
|Type||Eligibility||Fee (in USD)|
|Standard 10 Year||Available only to those aged 18 years and older||$120|
|Large 10 Year||Available on request to very frequent travellers aged 18 years and older||$161|
|Standard 5 Year||Issued to minors (under 18)||$65|
|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|
Additional fees apply for emergency travel documents issued outside normal hours of opening.
Fees include return by courier.
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.
Money orders or certified bank cheques should be made payable to the 'Consulate General of Ireland.' Incomplete cheques will be returned.
Where to apply
The Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10.00am to 12.00pm. Applications may be submitted in person during these hours.
We accept telephone calls between 10.00am and 1.00pm Monday through Friday.
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.