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How to apply for an Irish Passport

Irish Citizens who are over 18, and have previously held an Irish Passport can now apply for their Passport Book and/or Passport Card online at https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/.

If you are not eligible, or do not wish, to apply online, our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. The guide will answer some of the most common questions like:

  • what form you need and where to get one
  • documents you need to include
  • photograph requirements
  • witnessing an application form
  • how to submit it
  • passport fees

Application Forms

If you are resident outside of Ireland, you need to use an APS2 application form.

It is available in Irish (APS2G) and in English (APS2E), from the following locations:

Documents

Please note that for any documents, which are not in English, you must also submit a certified English version of the originals, translated by a registered translator.

If applying to Embassy Brasilia or the Consulate General in São Paulo, you will need to include:

  • A completed and witnessed APS2 application form. See the "Application Forms" tab for information on how to get a 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 you are changing your name)
  • Additional documents for first and/or lost passport applications. See below for information.

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've changed your surname).
  • Additional photo identification, such as your driver's licence, passport from another country or your college identification card.
  • 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.

Further documents are required in certain cases:

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 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).

*If the birth/marriage certificate is not in English, you must also submit certified English versions of the originals, translated by a registered translator*

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).

Photographs

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.

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 do's and don't's

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 (e.g. 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.

 

How to get your passport application witnessed

Witnessing in Brazil

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)

Identification

A member of one of the professions listed below, who is not retired and works in Brazil can witness your passport application form as long as they are satisfied as to your identity 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.

  • Police officer
  • Member of clergy
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager (Please note that only Branch managers/their Deputies, not an account or relationship manager, are entitled to witness the form)
  • Elected public representative
  • Peace commissioner
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Accountant
  • Teacher
  • Dentist
  • Vet
  • Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Lectura
  • Speech Therapist
  • Chartered engineer

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.

Remember...

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 both 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 the same person who witnessed Section 9 of your application.

Read our full guide on what to do if your passport is lost or stolen in Brazil

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

Remember...

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

Please note that BRL 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 from 11th April 2011, fees also apply to persons aged 65 and over.

The following passport fees are applicable from 30th March 2017.

Type

Applicability

Fee
(in EUR)

Fee
(in Reais)

Standard 10 Year Adults aged 18 or over

€95

R$333

Large 10 Year Available on request to frequent travellers

€125

R$438

Standard 5 Year 5 year passport for those under 18 years of age

€45

R$157.50

Emergency Travel Document Emergency Travel Certificates and Emergency Passports

€30

R$105

Out of Hours fee Applies to documents provided outside of normal working hours. The fee is in addition to the passport fee.

€80

R$280

Passport certification fee Certified copies of Irish passports €40 R$140

Please also note that should we need to return the application form to you, as a result of it not being correctly completed, the postage costs will have to be paid by you and this will also of course delay the process.

Payment

The Embassy cannot accept credit card payments for passports. Payment can be made by cheque payable to Embassy of Ireland or bank draft, please contact us and we will issue a “boleto”

Where to apply

The Passport Office at the Embassy of Ireland is opened Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 13.00.

You can lodge your application in person at the Embassy from Monday to Friday between these hours (please schedule appointment in advance). Alternatively you can post your application to:

Embassy of Ireland
SHIS QL 12 conjunto 5 casa 9
Lago Sul
Brasília - DF
CEP 71630-255
Brazil

Passport applications can also be processed via the Consulate General in São Paulo.

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