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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

To apply for a passport you need to use APS2 paper application form.

The APS2 forms are available in the Embassy or, upon your request, the Embassy can send you the passport application form by post.

It is essential that the application form is completed correctly and that you have enclosed all the documentation required, e.g. photographs and certificates. Any errors will mean we have to return your application and this may delay you from receiving your passport in time to travel.

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Documentation

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 or in Irish, 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 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).

Photo Guidelines

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'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 (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, please use our contact us page to let us know and we will offer you further advice.

How to get your passport application witnessed

Before you submit your application form, you must have it witnessed by an appropriate person. The witness must be from one of the following professions only and:

(a) must be currently residing and practicing in Estonia,
(b) must not be related in any way to the applicant,
(c) must either know the applicant in person or know a third party who knows the applicant in person.

  • Medical Doctor
  • Bank Manager
  • School Principal or Class Teacher
  • Head of Department at a university/college
  • Notary public or Solicitor (must be registered with the local law society)

Your witness needs to:

  • Fully complete Section E of your application form - 'Certificate of Identity'
  • Sign and date your 2 passport-sized photographs. (For applicants under 18, a parent must also sign the photographs and submit 2 passport-sized photographs of himself/herself. The parent’s photos must also be signed and dated by the witness.)
  • Witness you signing Section 7 (if applicable) and Section 9 of your application form
  • Provide a business/work address and contact number. Private address for a witness will not be accepted.

Remember...

If your application hasn't been properly witnessed, it will be returned to you.

Fees and where to apply

These fees are effective from 30 March, 2017.

Passport Type Fee
Adult 10 year €95
Adult large 10 year €125
5-year passport for those under 18 years €45
Emergency Travel Document €30
Additional Fees  
Out of hours fee** €80
Passport Certification Fee €40

** The fee is additonal to the fee for the passport itself.

The Passport fee must be lodged with the Embassy in cash, because the Embassy does not have the facilities for credit/debit card payments or a bank transfer.

Where to apply

To apply for an Irish Passport in Estonia, you must come to the Embassy:

Embassy of Ireland
Rahukohtu 4-II
10130 Tallinn
Estonia

Tel: +372-6811-870
Fax: +327-6811-889
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The Consular Department is open to the public from Monday to Thursday, 10.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.00.

 

Remember....

It is very important to keep a record of your 11-digit application number as you will not be able to track your passport application without it. A peel-off sticker with the number can be found on the back page of the application form.