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Applying for a Passport

This Section takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. You cannot apply online but the guide will answer some of the most common questions, including:

Application Forms

If you are resident in Austria, you need to use an APS2E application form, which can be obtained by contacting the Embassy of Ireland in Vienna.

Documentation

You will need to include:

  • A completed and witnessed APS2E application form. 
  • 4 Passport Photographs (2 witnessed)
  • Previous passport if you have had one
  • Long form birth certificate. This must be included for all under 18s and for adults if you have lost your passport, or if applying for your first passport.
  • Civil Marriage Certificate (if changing your name) and for all applications for under 18s
  • Austrian Residence Registration Confirmation (Meldezettel)
  • Additional documents are required for the circumstances listed below:

If you are applying for an Irish passport for the first time or have lost your passport you need to include the following:

  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you have changed your surname).
  • If these documents are not in English, you must also submit a certified English version of the originals, translated by a registered translator.
  • A certified copy of your photo identification, such as your driver's licence, or the original copy of your passport from another country or your college identification card. You can get it certified by the person who witnesses your application form.
  • An original document showing proof of your name, such as a pay slip, college registration correspondence or social welfare receipts.
  • 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.

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 civil marriage certificate (if applicable) of your Irish-born parent.
  • 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 have changed your surname).
  • 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 were born abroad and adopted under Irish Law, you will also need:

  • Your certificate of entry by the Adoption Authority of Ireland in the Register of Foreign Adoptions.
  • Your original civil marriage certificate (if you have 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.

If you are a Post-Nuptial Citizen, you will also need:

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

Photo Guidelines

What are the guidelines for passport photographs?

Size

  • 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.

Passport photo dos and don'ts

Pose

  • Do centre your head in the photo
  • Do look directly at the camera
  • 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

Expression

  • 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
  • Don't wear sunglasses or glasses with tinted lenses, unless they're prescription
  • Don't wear a head covering unless it's for religious or medical reasons
  • Don't wear a uniform, civil or military (eg showing epaulettes, insignia)

Infants

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 will offer you further advice

Witnessing of Application

Getting Your Application Witnessed

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.

Which sections of the APS2E form need to be witnessed?

  • All applications: Identification (Section 9, including two of the accompanying passport photographs
  • Applications for under 18s: Consent of parents/guardians (Section 7) and Section 9 as above

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.

Please note that in Austria, police officers generally do not act as witnesses for passport applications.

  • Member of clergy
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager
  • Elected public representative
  • Notary public/commissioner for oaths
  • Peace commissioner
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Accountant

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

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
  • Insert the form number from Section 9 on the back of two of your four photos
  • Sign and stamp the back of those two photos

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:

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.

Fees and Where to apply

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.

It’s cheaper and quicker.

Online Fees

Standard 10 Year Passport €80.00
Passport Identity Card €35.00
Apply for both at the same time €105.00

Apply in Person or By Post

If you are applying for the first time or wish to change details recorded in your passport, you may submit your completed passport application in person during public office hours to the Embassy of Ireland in Vienna or by post in accordance with the instructions below. Paper application forms can be collected at the embassy or can be posted out to you. To ask for an application form send us an email with your address.

Offline Fees

Standard 10 Year Passport €95.00*
Large 66 page, 10 Year Passport €125.00*
Standard 5 Year Passport for those under 18 years of age €45.00*

Emergency Travel Certificates/Document

In very limited and specific circumstances, a temporary passport may be issued. This does not apply to first time applicants. If applicable an additional out-of-hours fee of €80 will be charged.

Temporary Passport Fees

Emergency Travel Document issued during public opening hours €30.00*
Emergency Travel Document issued outside of public opening hours €110.00*
Emergency Passport issued during public opening hours €30.00*
Emergency Passport issued outside of public opening hours €110.00*
Passport certification fee €40.00

* All applications made by post are subject to a €5 postage fee.

Payment

Fees can be paid in cash at the Embassy or by bank transfer (“Überweisung“) from an Austrian bank account to the following account:

Account Name - Botschaft von Irland
Bank –Bank Austria
IBAN – AT801100000623336500
BIC – BKAUATWW

If you choose to pay by bank transfer (“Überweisung“) please include a copy of the bank transfer counterfoil slip ("Überweisungsbeleg") with your application.

Posting your Application

Please do not send cash in postal application.

We would encourage you to consult the relevant section of our website regarding the service you require before contacting the Embassy. Passport application forms can be ordered online by email.

If you choose to post your application, we strongly recommend that you use registered mail or a reputable courier service. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit.

Remember....

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.