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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. This guide will answer some of the most common questions like:

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

Application Forms

Irish citizens who are over 18, and currently hold an Irish Passport can now apply online for their new passport. (If you have already applied through Passport Express or your Irish Embassy/Consulate you cannot apply online as this will delay both applications).

Children, first time and name change applicants cannot apply online.

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:

  • Renewal applicants applying online do not need a form.
  • First time 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

If you are making a postal application 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

If you are renewing your passport online, these are the Photo Guidelines for Online Applications.

How to get your passport application witnessed

Witnessing in Great Britain

The following information does not apply to online renewal applications.
 

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

You can renew your passport online

If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, and you are submitting a paper application 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. Make sure to apply in plenty of time.

Postal applications

  • Standard 10-year passport is £70
  • Large 66-page, 10-year passport is £96
  • Standard 5-year passport for those under 18 years is £26

Online Adult renewals

  • Standard 10-year passport is €80 plus €5.00 return postage
  • Large 66-page, 10-year passport is €110 plus €5.00 return postage
  • Passport card is €35 plus €5.00 return postage
  • Standard passport plus passport card is €105 plus €5.00 return postage
  • Large passport plus passport card is €135 plus €5.00 return postage

Emergency Passports

An emergency temporary passport can only be issued on the day in the case of an emergency situation (such as the death or serious illness of a family member).

  • Emergency passport - £26.00 plus the passport fee of £83.00. Total cost £109.00
  • Emergency travel Certificate £26.00 to enable applicant to travel home to country of residence in the case of a stolen/lost passport

Urgent Counter applications*

  • Adult - £144 if processed in 5 working days
  • Large - £170 if processed in 5 working days
  • Under 18s - £72 if processed in 5 working days
  • Adult -  £83 if processed in 6 to 40 working days
  • Large - £109 if processed in 6 to 40 working days
  • Under 18s - £39 if processed in 6 to 40 working days

*Counter applications can be accepted by appointment for urgent travel. We will endeavour to process the passport in time for travel but require a minimum of 5 working days.

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. You may also apply online if you meet the criteria.

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.