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How to apply for a Passport

Apply online

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 apply for a Passport Book or Passport Card online and are based in Bulgaria, Armenia or Georgia, your new documents will be delivered to the Embassy of Ireland in Sofia, Bulgaria, and you will be notified to arrange their collection.

Apply offline

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:

Application Forms

If you are resident in Bulgaria or Georgia or Armenia, you need to use an APS2 application form.

APS2 forms are available:

Documentation

If applying to Embassy Sofia, 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).
  • 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.

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 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 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 certificates are 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).

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 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 Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia

Identification

The person who witnesses your signature and confirms your identity must, without exception, be a member of one of the following professions and must not be related to you. Retired witnesses are not acceptable:

  • Police Officer
  • Member of the Clergy
  • School Principal/Vice Principal
  • Judge/Magistrate
  • Practicing Lawyer
  • Accountant
  • Medical Doctor
  • Bank Manager/Assistant Manager
  • Elected Public Representative

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 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 the same person who witnessed 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 not be possible to receive your passport in less than 10 working days.

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

Passport Fees

Type

Applicability

Fee (EUR)

Fee (BGN)

Adult 10-year passport

Applicable to those over 18

95

190

Adult large 10-year passport

Available to frequent travellers

125

250

Minor 5-year passport

Applicable to all aged 3-17 years inclusive

45

90

Emergency Travel Certificate/Emergency Passport

Only issued to people who have lost or had their passport stolen, and must urgently travel to Ireland

30

60

Additional Fees

Out-of-hours fee

The fee is additional to the fee for the passport itself

80

160

Passport certification fee

A standard consular fee charged for the verification or certification of documents

40

80

Courier fee

The Embassy does not recommend that important documents such as passports are sent via the standard postal system. If you do not wish to collect your passport in person we recommend that you use a courier service.

How to make a payment

The Embassy accepts payments made in cash and by bank transfer. Payment by cheque, bank draft or credit card is not accepted. Here are our account details:

Bank Account Name: Department of Foreign Affairs
Bank Address: Bulgarian American Credit Bank, 2 Slavyanska St, Sofia
EURO Bank Account Number: BG48BGUS91601400836301
BGN Account Number: BG66BGUS91601000836301
SWIFT/BIC: BGUSBGSF

IMPORTANT: When arranging bank transfer, please ensure that the application and name of applicant are included in details of the transfer.

Where to apply

You should send your application form and documents to:

Embassy of Ireland,
Platinum Business Centre,
26-30 Bacho Kiro Street,
Sofia 1000.

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.

Did you know? Almost 50% of applicants complete the form incorrectly, leading to delays in processing their application.