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How to apply for a Passport

Eligibility

You must be an Irish citizen to get an Irish Passport.

You are automatically an Irish Citizen if you were born in Ireland before 2005 or if you were born abroad to a parent who was born in Ireland before 2005.

If you do not fit either of these categories, you will have to establish your claim to Irish citizenship before you apply for an Irish Passport.

Am I eligible for Irish citizenship?

Apply Online

This is the fastest and cheapest way to get your first Irish passport or renew your passport. Once you have your photo, it only takes about ten minutes!

You cannot apply online if you have already submitted a paper application.

Apply Online

Apply Offline

If you are resident in Great Britain and do not qualify or wish to use the online system, you need to use an APS2 application form.

APS2E forms are available in both Irish and English. You can get a passport form from:

Documents

The documents you need to submit for your passport application will depend on your method of application and the type of application you are submitting.

Check if your application requires supporting documents.Select one of the categories below, then find the option that matches your application type. You will be shown an outline of the additional documents that you need to submit with your passport application.

For online applications, you will be reminded of the documents you need to submit with your passport application at the end of the online application process.

Unless stated otherwise, original documents must be supplied. Please do not send photocopies, short-form birth certificates (which do not include parents’ details) or laminated certificates. Certified translations are required if documents are not in English or Irish.

Please see Documentary Requirements from the Passport Service.

Please see Documentary Requirements from the Passport Service.

Please see Documentary Requirements from the Passport Service.

Please see Documentary Requirements from the Passport Service.

Please see the detailed Photo Guidelines page on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Please see the detailed How to get your application witnessed page from the Passport Service.

Payment Method

All payments must be made by credit or debit card. We no longer accept cash, cheques or bank drafts.

Applications made online

There are different fees if you apply online.

Paper applications sent by post

  • Standard Adult 10-year passport is €80
  • Large 66-page, 10-year passport is €110
  • Standard Child 5-year passport is €30 (under 18 years)

Urgent Counter applications

  • Adult - £144 if processed in 5 working days
  • Large - £170 if processed in 5 working days
  • Child (under 18 years) - £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
  • Child (under 18 years) - £39 if processed in 6 to 40 working days

Urgent Travel

If you require a passport for urgent travel, you can make an application at the Counter in the Passport Service, by appointment only. You will need to provide evidence of travel. We will endeavor to process the passport in time for travel but require a minimum of 5 working days.

Emergency Passports

An emergency temporary passport can only be issued, on the same day, in the case of an emergency situation. An example of an emergency is 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 to enable applicant to travel home to country of residence in the case of a stolen or lost passport – £26.00

Currency

For applications made online and by post, payment will be deducted in Euros from the credit card details provided by the applicant on the application form. The cardholder must sign Section 1 of the application form. The expiry date of the card must be included along with the name of the cardholder and the card number.

By Post

All paper applications from residents of Great Britain are processed by the Passport Service at their offices in Cork, Ireland. All residents in Great Britain must send their paper application to the dedicated unit for residents of Great Britain. The Great Britain Unit is based in the Passport Office in Cork, Ireland. The address is:

Passport Service of Ireland

Great Britain Unit

PO Box 907

South City DSU

Cork

Ireland

T12 C825

We strongly recommend you to use an internationally tracked envelope or a reputable courier service when posting your application. The Passport Service cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit. Applications sent by post to the London Passport Office will be returned to applicants. Please avoid this as this will delay the processing of your passport application.

By Passport Express

There are two post offices currently offering a Passport Express service in Great Britain. Payment of passport fees can be made at the post office by credit, debit cards or cash.

Glasgow

Glasgow Post Office

140 West Nile Street

Glasgow

G1 2R

Liverpool

Liverpool Post Office

1-3 South John Street

Liverpool

L1 8BN

Once payment is made, you will be issued with a receipt. Keep this receipt in a safe place as it contains the tracking number for your passport application. Application forms are available at both Glasgow and Liverpool post offices.

By appointment at the Passport Office, London

You must have an appointment to submit an application in person to the Passport Office in London.

Book Appointment

The Passport Office is located at:

114a Cromwell Road

London

SW7 4ES

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

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.