Passports / Irish Citizenship
News21 April 2021
From late April, our Passport Online system will be open to all Irish citizens - including children and first-time applicants - applying from the US. The Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco, no longer sends or accepts paper application forms from US-based applicants.
Passport Online is a faster and simpler way to apply for your passport. Once you upload a photograph, it takes about ten minutes to complete the online application and pay with a credit card. If you are an adult renewing your passport with the same information, you normally won’t need to submit any supporting documents. If you are a first time applicant, renewing for a child or changing the information on your passport, Passport Online will e-mail you a list of documents which you need to submit directly to the Passport Service in Ireland. When your passport is printed, it will be sent back to you directly at the postal address you provide.
If you wish to apply for an Irish passport for the first time, please check your entitlements. If your connection to Ireland is through a grandparent born in Ireland (i.e. if your parent was not born in Ireland), you must first be entered on the Register of Foreign Births and have received your Foreign Birth Registration certificate. This is an online application process centralised in Dublin.
Foreign Birth Registration
The processing of Foreign Birth Registrations is currently paused in line with the move to Level Five of the National Framework for Living with Covid -19. If you have submitted supporting documentation to the FBR office, it will be held securely until it reopens.
If you have not submitted supporting documents, please wait until Ireland has returned to Level Three or lower on the National Framework for Living with Covid-19. Details are available here.
The Consulate has no involvement in the FBR process and thus is not in a position to advise on individual queries.