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 you are resident outside of Ireland, you need to use an APS2 application form. They are available in Irish (APS2G) and in English (APS2E).
APS2 forms are available by contacting us.
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.
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 since 11 April 2011, fees also apply to persons aged 65 and over.
Fees are effective from 30 March, 2017
|Adult 10 year||$105|
|Adult large 10 year||$135|
|Minor, age 0-17 years, 5 year passport||$50|
|Emergency Travel Document*||$35|
|Out of hours fee**||$90|
|Passport Certification Fee***||$45|
|If you are not collecting your new passport and original documents from the Consulate in person please include a $13 courier fee per applicant with your submission. For example an adult over 18 applying for a 10 year standard passport should provide a total fee of $118 ($105 + $13 = $118)||$13|
Fees may vary across our network of offices in the USA - this is due to the different postage/courier fees that may apply.
The Consulate ONLY accepts payment for passports in the form of money order or certified bank check/draft. Payments should be made payable to “Consulate General of Ireland”.
We do not currently accept credit card, debit cards, cash or personal checks.
Due to high levels of demand, passport applications are taking a minimum of eight weeks to process. Please note that if your passport application is incomplete or unclear, processing may take longer than eight weeks.
The Passport Office at the Consulate General of Ireland In New York is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 10am to 2pm. You can lodge your application in person during these times; alternatively you can mail your application to:
Consulate General of Ireland
345 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10154
If you decide to mail your application to us, we strongly recommend that you use registered mail or a reputable courier service. The Consulate cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit.