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How to apply for a Passport

Our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. You can't apply online but the guide will answer some of the most common questions like:

Application Forms

If you are resident in Great Britain, you need to use an APS2 application form. 

You must check the processing time under Top Passport Questions so that you allow for enough time for your passport to be processed from the date it is received by the London Passport Office.

Only Irish citizens are entitled to hold an Irish passport. Before getting an application form and applying, please ensure that you have fulfilled citizenship requirements and that you have the correct documentation.

APS2 forms are available:

  • First time applicants contact us via this form with your address and we will post a form
  • Renewal applicants contact us via this form with your address and we will post a form
  • From your nearest Irish Centre
  • From the Passport Office, 114A Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ES

 

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 one. If it has less than 12 months validity, a photocopy of the data page will suffice.
  • Long form birth certificate. This must be included 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 marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname) or if your previous Irish passport was issued before 1st January 2005.
  • 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 form 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?

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 Great Britain

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 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.

  • Police Officer;
  • Member of Clergy;
  • Medical Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist, Dentist, Vet;
  • Lawyer, Solicitor and Legal Executives (registered with the law society or Institute of Legal Executives);
  • Bank Official (this includes building societies, credit unions, postmasters and sub-postmasters);
  • Elected Public Representative (this includes members of Parliament & County Councillors);
  • Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths, Peace Commissioner;
  • Social Worker;
  • Teacher, Lecturer;
  • Accountant.

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
  • If your witness does not have an official stamp then please ensure they sign and date the back of the photographs and include the 8-digit form number and sign and date Section 9 of the application form. A business card can additionally be enclosed if there is no official stamp available.

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 the normal processing time.

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

The fee depends on the type of passport you apply for:

Standard Passports

  • Standard 10-year passport is £70
  • Large 66-page, 10-year passport is £96
  • Standard 5-year passport for those between 3 and 18 years is £23
  • Standard 3-year passport for those under 3 years is £14

Emergency Passports

  • Adult - £114
  • Under 18s - £47
  • Children Under 3 - £38

We accept credit and debit cards. Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to the "Embassy of Ireland" for the valid sterling amount.

If paying by Credit card, payment will be taken in Euros. Please ensure that the cardholder has signed Section 1 of the application and entered the expiry date of the card.

Where to apply

Please be aware that you cannot submit your application through a post office in Ireland/ Northern Ireland if you live overseas. All applications must be submitted in your country of residence. This includes residents in Great Britain who must apply through either designated Post Offices in Glasgow and Liverpool or the Embassy of Ireland Passport Office in London.

There are two post offices currently offering a Passport Express service in Great Britain.

Glasgow

Glasgow Post Office
140 West Nile Street
Glasgow
G1 2RD

Liverpool

Liverpool Post Office
1 – 3 South John Street
Liverpool
L1 8BN

Please note that residents in Great Britain cannot apply through the Passport Express Service operated by An Post in Ireland.

The Embassy of Ireland Passport Office London, is located at:

114a Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ES

Tel: 0207 373 4339
Fax: 0207 373 4589

Contact us by email

The Passport Office is open to the public from 09.30 - 16.30 Monday to Friday.

If submitting an application in person, you can make an appointment by booking online, to guarantee a time slot, before visiting the Passport Office at 114a Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ES. Priority for appointments will be given to those with urgent travel needs.

The customer service telephone line is operated between 09.30 and 16.00. Please dial 0207 373 4339 and select the passport option.

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

You must check the processing time under Top Passport Questions so that you allow for enough time for your passport to be processed from the date it is received by the London Passport Office.

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.