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How to apply for a Passport

All the information you need to apply for an Irish passport.

 

Application Forms

Online Applications

Provided there has been no change of name since the last passport, Irish citizens aged 18 and over, who have previously had an Irish passport, can apply online for a new Passport (Passport Book) and/or a Passport Card. Applying online saves time, costs less and does not require witnessing. For further information or to apply online visit the Passport Online website.

Application Forms

If you are resident in Germany you must use an APS2E application form (this is not the same form as the forms available in the Passport Office in Ireland or a Garda station.)

Request a form by emailing us; or

Contacting your nearest Honorary Consulate

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 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, have lost your passport or if your current passport has expired for more than 5 years you need to include the following:

  • Long form birth certificate. This must be included for adults if you have lost your passport, if applying for your first passport or your passport has expired by 5 years.
  • Civil Marriage Certificate (if you are changing your name)
  • Additional documents for first, lost passport applications and/or your passport has expired for 5 years. See below for information

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 original long-form birth certificate and original 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?

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 Germany

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 can witness your passport application form as long as the witness is resident in Germany, is not related to you, and is satisfied as to your identify and that your four photos are a true likeness of you. Make sure to bring photo identification with you and be aware that the witness may ask you for additional proof of identification - this is at their discretion.

  • Police officer
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Notary public
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager
  • Elected public representative
  • Accountant
  • School principal/vice principal/teacher
  • University or third level institution lecturer
  • Member of clergy
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist
  • Vet
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech therapist
  • Chartered engineer

Unless you are not resident in Germany and are seeking an emergency travel document, If applying in person at the Embassy, please bring your application already witnessed.

You must:

  • Sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of the witness. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form. (If your child is aged seven and over and cannot sign the application themselves, please include a letter explaining. A parent/guardian should sign his/her own name in this case).

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 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

​​Adult 10 year ​​€100.00*
​Adult large 10 year ​€130.00*
​​Minor (<18 years) 5 year passport ​€50.00*
​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 (where relevant add €5 postage charge to the fee) €30.00
​Emergency Passport issued outside of public opening hours ​€110.00
​​​Passport certification fee ​€40.00

*A €5.00 registered postage charge has been included in these fees. If you are collecting your passport from the embassy deduct €5.00 from the fee.

 

Accepted forms of payment

We do not accept credit or debit cards and accept only Euro cheques drawn from a German bank account. Do not send cash in a postal application. Cash payments are only permitted when lodging an application in person at the embassy or at an honorary consulate. Fees can be paid by bank transfer (Überweisung) from a German bank account to the account below. Remember to include a copy of the Überweisungsbeleg/bank transfer confirmation with your application.

Account Name ​Botschaft von Irland
​Bank ​Commerzbank Berlin
​IBAN ​DE65 1004 0000 0266 2328 00
​BIC ​COBADEFFXXX
Reference ​Your first name and surname

 

To order a passport application form

Email us with your name, full postal address (including post code) and the number of application forms you require. You can also pick-up an application form at Ireland's honorary consulates in Germany but please do contact them in advance to arrange an appointment.

 

Where to apply

Apply by post to: Embassy of Ireland, Jägerstraße 51, 10117 Berlin. We strongly encourage you to use registered post or a reliable courier when sending documents. The embassy cannot be held responsible for documents lost during transit.

You can also submit your application in person at the embassy during our public opening hours 09.30-12.30 Monday to Friday. It you cannot attend during our public opening hours, you can also email us to request an afternoon appointment.

 

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.