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How to apply for a Passport

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.

For all other applications please use the How to Apply for a Passport Guide below:

This guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application and answers some of the most common questions.

  • what form you need and where to get one
  • photograph requirements
  • witnessing an application form
  • documents you need to include
  • how to submit it
  • passport fees
  • Application Forms
  • Required Documents
  • Photographs
  • Witnessing your application
  • Fees and Where to apply

Application Forms

Application Forms

If you are resident in New South Wales, you need to use an APS2 application form. You can get one by using our Contact Us form.

Required Documents

Required Documentation for In-Person or Postal Applications

For all types of applications you must include:

  • A completed and properly witnessed APS2E application form. See the "Application Forms" tab for information on how to get a form
  • 4 Passport Photographs (2 witnessed)

Renewing a Passport

If your current passport is due to expire or has expired within the last five years you must include with your application form:

  • Your current passport or a photocopy of the data page

If your current passport expired more than five years ago you must include:

  • All original documentation requirements for a first time applicant as detailed below
  • Your previous passport

If your passport was issued pre-2005:

  • All original documentation requirements for a first time applicant as detailed below
  • Your previous passport

Replacing a Passport

If you are applying to replace your lost, stolen or damaged passport you need to include the following documents:

If your most recent passport was issued on or after January 2005:

  • Two separate identity documents covering name and address

If your most recent passport was issued before January 2005:

  • All original documentation requirements for a first time applicant as detailed below

First Time Applicant

If you are applying for an Irish passport for the first time you need to include the following documents with your application form:

Birth and marriage certificates

Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).

Photo ID

A certified copy of your photo identification, such as your driver's licence, or the original form of your passport from another country or your college identification card. You can get it certified by the person who witnesses your application form.

Proof of name

An original document showing proof of your name, such as a pay slip, college registration correspondence or medicare card.

Proof of address

An original document showing proof of your address, such as a utility bill, bank statement or official correspondence from a public or private sector organisation.

Please note that your proof of name and proof of address can't be covered by the same document.

Further documents are required in certain cases, please select from the option(s) below for information if:

If you were born outside Ireland to a parent born on the island of Ireland, you will also need:

  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • The long-form birth certificate and, if your parents were married at the time of your birth, their civil marriage certificate.

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 neither of your parents were born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent, you will also need:

  • Your original foreign birth registration certificate. Please see the citizenship section if you need to apply for this certificate.

If you are a naturalised Irish Citizen, you will also need:

  • Your original naturalisation certificate. Please see the citizenship section for more information on this certificate
  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).

Born Abroad and adopted under Irish Law

  • Your certificate of entry by the Adoption Authority of Ireland in the Register of Foreign Adoptions.
  • Your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • A document that proves your adoptive parent was an Irish citizen at the time of your adoption, such as a long form birth certificate or an Irish passport.

Post-Nuptial Citizen

  • Your original post-nuptial certificate.
  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).

Please note that civil documents issued outside of Ireland may need to be legalised or apostilled before being used to apply for an Irish passport.

If your lost/stolen/damaged passport was issued on or after 1 January 2005 and your new passport will issue in the same name you are not required to submit the certificates listed above (birth certificate, marriage certificate, entitlement to Irish citizenship)


Photograph requirements

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. 

Passport photo checklist

  1. Include 4 separate identical photos, no more than 6 months old with the passport application
  2. Make sure they meet our requirements (see below)
  3. Get the witness for your application to write the form number (found on Section 9 of the application) on the back of two of your four photos. They must also sign and stamp the back of those two photos.


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. 

Passport photo do's and don't's


  • Do centre your head in the photo
  • Do look directly at the camera
  • No hair across your face or eyes as eyes must be clearly visible
  • The background must be plain and light coloured
  • Do make sure your facial features are clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to the crown of your head
  • Don’t tilt your head up/down or left/right


  • Do keep your facial expressions neutral (no raised eyebrows, frowns)
  • Do keep both eyes open and your mouth closed
  • Don’t smile

Glasses, head covers and clothing

  • Do wear your glasses (if you normally wear them) but make sure there’s no reflection on the lenses and the frames don’t obscure your eyes
  • If hair is covering the ears and ears are not visible, this is okay
  • Don’t wear sunglasses or glasses with tinted lenses, unless they’re prescription
  • Don’t wear a head covering unless it’s for religious reasons
  • Don’t wear a hair band.
  • Don’t wear a uniform, civil or military (e.g. showing epaulettes, insignia)

Passport photo requirements


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

  • Minimum: 35mm x 45mm
  • Maximum: 38mm x 50mm

Lighting and focus

  • Photos must be in sharp focus and correctly exposed
  • Shadows from the head must not appear in the background
  • Good colour balance and natural skin tones are essential
  • ‘Red eye’ in photographs is not acceptable
  • A clear contrast is needed between facial features and background

Photo quality

  • Photos must be printed on photo-quality paper at a high resolution
  • There should be no ink marks or creases
  • Digital enhancements or changes are not acceptable
  • The reverse of the photos must be white and unglazed
  • Black and white photos are recommended as they’re digitally printed onto the passport in black and white. But we also accept colour photos.


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.

People with disabilities

If you have a disability that prevents you meeting all of these requirements, contact us and we can advise you.

Witnessing your application

Witnessing in New South Wales

Witnessing in New South Wales

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.

  • Accountant
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager
  • Chartered Engineers
  • Credit Union Manager
  • Dentist
  • Elected public representative
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturers
  • Medical doctor
  • Member of clergy
  • Notary public/ commissioner for oaths
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Police Officer
  • Physiotherapist
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Speech Therapist
  • Teachers
  • Vet

You must:

  • Sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of the witness. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form

The witness must:

  • Complete Section 9 of the form, including a work landline phone number - mobile phone numbers will not be accepted
  • Sign and insert the form number from Section 9 on the back of two of the four photos


Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9.


Consent of parents or guardians

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.

Parents/guardians must:

  • Fill in and sign the relevant part of Section 7 of the passport application form in the presence of a listed witness
  • Find out what to do if both parents/guardians are unable to sign Section 7
  • This is the same witness list as the Section 9 identification requirement.

The witness must:

  • Complete, sign and stamp Section 7, including a work landline telephone number - mobile telephone numbers are not acceptable

Sign each column separately if they witness both parents/guardians' signatures


Lost/stolen and damaged passports

If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:

  • Complete Section 6 of the application form, explaining how your previous passport was lost, stolen or damaged
  • Have it witnessed and stamped by a police officer and have the same police officer witness Section 9 of your application

If you lose two or more passports, it may restrict the period of validity for your next passport and it may delay the processing of your application.


Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen.

Fees and Where to apply

Fees and Where to apply

Passport Fees - Effective 30 March 2017

NOTE: Cash is not accepted

Regular Passport Services

Fee in AUD


Standard Adult Passport (10 year validity, 34 pages)


Large Adult Passport (10 year validity, 66 pages)


Minor's Passport (5 year validity, 34 pages, age 0 - 17)


Passport Certification Fee


In cases of genuine emergency, the Consulate can produce emergency travel documents which are non-biometric and are of limited validity. An application for a full passport is required and the fees below are in addition to the fee for a full passport. Please contact the Consulate for further details.

Emergency Passport Services

Fee in AUD


Emergency Travel Document


Out of Hours Fee



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.