Our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish passport application. You can't apply online but the guide will answer some of the most common questions like:
Irish citizens who are over 18, and currently hold an Irish Passport can now apply online for their new passport. (If you have already applied through Passport Express or your Irish Embassy/Consulate you cannot apply online as this will delay both applications).
Children, first time and name change applicants cannot apply online. If you fit one of these categories and are resident in Great Britain, you need to use an APS2 application form.
You must check the processing time under Top Passport Questions so that you allow for enough time for your passport to be processed from the date it is received by the Passport Office.
Only Irish citizens are entitled to hold an Irish passport. Before getting an application form and applying, please ensure that you have fulfilled citizenship requirements and that you have the correct documentation.
Please note: Renewal applicants applying online do not need a form.
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.
If you are applying for a passport, these are the photo guidelines:
Witnessing in Great Britain
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.
The fee depends on the type of passport you apply for. Make sure to apply in plenty of time.
Online Adult renewals
The Passport Office accepts credit and debit cards. Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to the "Embassy of Ireland" for the valid sterling amount.
Payment will be taken in Euros. Please ensure that the cardholder has signed Section 1 of the application and entered the expiry date of the card.
Please be aware that you cannot submit your application through a post office in Ireland/ Northern Ireland if you live overseas.
All applications must be submitted in your country of residence. This includes residents in Scotland who must apply through:
The West Nile Street Post Office at 140 West Nile Street or by post to the Irish Passport Office, 114a Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ES.
You may also apply online if you meet the criteria.
It is very important to keep a record of your 11-digit application number as you will not be able to track your passport application without it. A peel-off sticker with the number can be found on the back page of the application form