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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.

Select the type of adult renewal

 

Adult renewal application where the most recent passport is due to expire within 12 months and has expired less than 5 years ago:

You will not need to send any additional documents to the Passport Service to support your application. However, if you are applying online to replace a damaged passport, you will need to submit the damaged passport to the Passport Service.

Adult renewal application where the most recent passport has more than 12 months’ validity remaining:

If you are renewing your passport more than 12 months in advance of its expiry date, you will need to submit your current passport with your application.

Adult renewal application where the most recent passport expired less than 5 years ago and was issued prior to Jan 1 2005:

You must submit all documents required for a first time application (see section on adult first time applications). First time applications must be submitted via a paper application. You will also need to submit the expired passport or a photocopy of the data page.

Adult renewal application where the previous passport has been lost, stolen or damaged and the passport had more than 12 months’ validity:

If you are replacing a damaged passport, you will need to submit your damaged passport to the Passport Service.

Adult renewal application where the passport has been lost, stolen or damaged and the passport expired more than 5 years ago:

If your passport has been expired for more than 5 years you cannot apply online. You will need a paper application form, and you must submit all documents required for a first time application (see section on adult first time applications).

If your passport is damaged you will also need to submit the expired passport or a photocopy of the data page.

Adult renewal application where the previous passport has been lost, stolen or damaged and the passport was issued prior to 1 January 2005:

If your passport was issued prior to 1 January 2005 you cannot apply online. You will need a paper application form, and you must submit all documents required for a first time application (see section on adult first time applications).

If your passport is damaged you will also need to submit the expired passport or a photocopy of the data page.

For an application to replace a lost or stolen passport you will not need to send any additional documents to the Passport Service to support your application.

Adult renewal application where the applicant is renewing a passport in a different name:

If you are requesting a new name on your new passport, you will need to submit your most recent passport.

Depending on the type of name change, further supporting documents may be required

Change of name following marriage/civil partnership:

You will need to submit:

  • Your original civil marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate

Reverting to birth certificate name after divorce/separation:

You will need to submit:

  • Your original birth certificate
  • Your original civil marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate
  • Divorce/separation papers (certified by solicitors/courts)
  • If you cannot provide marriage/divorce/separation documents, you will need to supply 2 documents demonstrating proof of usage of the new name, e.g. any 2 of the following (photo ID document, pay slips, utility bills, government correspondence). These documents must date back at least two years from the date you make your application.

Other name changes:

  • Original birth certificate.
  • 2 documents demonstrating proof of usage of the new name, e.g. any 2 of the following (photo ID document, pay slips, utility bills, government correspondence). These documents must date back at least two years from the date you make your application.

Gender change

(a) If you are eligible for an Irish Gender Recognition Certificate, please provide:

  • Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC)

(b) If you are not eligible for an Irish Gender Recognition Certificate, please provide:

  • A Statutory Declaration stating that the applicant has an intention of living in the new gender for the rest of his or her life, See a sample copy of a Statutory Declaration.
  • 2 documents demonstrating proof of usage of the new name, e.g. any 2 of the following (photo ID document, pay slips, utility bills, government correspondence). These documents must date back at least two years from the date you make your application.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are responsible for the issuance of Gender Recognition Certificates in Ireland.

If your personal circumstances fall outside the above categories, please contact the Passport Service.

Application for a Second or Business passport

You will need to submit:

  • Current personal passport (or photocopy of all pages) and current second/business passport, if applicable.
  • A letter from your HR department demonstrating business case for second passport, as appropriate.
  • Evidence that supports the need for a second passport – e.g. visa stamps in current passport, travel itineraries, company registration certificate.
  • Further details on second/business passports

Select the type of child renewal:

Applying Online

Did you know that you can now renew your child’s passport online? To be eligible, your child must have previously held an Irish passport. Their most recent passport must not have expired by more than five years.

Apply online

Child renewal application where the most recent passport is due to expire within 6 months and or expired less than 5 years ago:

You will not need to send any additional documents to the Passport Service to support your child’s application. For online applications, you will need to have your child’s current (or expired) passport book to hand when completing the online application.

Child renewal application where the most recent passport has more than 6 months’ validity remaining:

If you are renewing your child’s passport more than 6 months in advance of its expiry date, you will need to submit the current passport with your application.

Child renewal application where the most recent passport expired more than 5 years ago:

If your child’s passport has been expired for more than 5 years you will need to submit the same documents as a first time application (see section on child first time applications). You cannot apply online.

You will also need to submit your child’s most recent passport

Child renewal where the passport has been lost, stolen, or damaged and passport had less than 6 months’ validity:

For an application to replace a damaged passport, you will need to have your child’s current passport book to hand when completing the online application. If submitting a paper application, you will need to note the passport number on your application form. The damaged passport does not have to be returned. For an application to replace a lost or stolen passport you will not need to send any additional documents to the Passport Service to support your child’s application.

Child renewal where the passport has been lost, stolen, or damaged and passport had more than 6 months’ validity:

In the case of damaged passports, you will need to submit the damaged passport.

For an application to replace a lost or stolen passport you will not need to send any additional documents to the Passport Service to support your child’s application.

Child renewal where the applicant is requesting a passport in a different name following re-registration of birth certificate:

You will need to submit your child's re-registered birth certificate.

Child renewal where the applicant is requesting a passport in a different name where birth certificate has not been re-registered:

You will need to submit:

  • Your child's original birth certificate.
  • 2 years proof of usage of the new name, e.g. any 2 of the following (school reports, letter from family GP, certified copy of the child's medical card).

If you would prefer to use the Irish version of your child's name, six months proof of usage can be accepted. The English version will be noted on page 3 of your child's passport.

Child renewal where the applicant is requesting an observation to be noted on the new passport:

An observation is a note recorded on page three of your passport book. Your child’s birth certificate name and/or previous passport number can be recorded as an observation on their passport.

If you are requesting that your child’s birth certificate name be noted as an observation, you will need to submit your child’s original birth certificate.

If your child’s birth certificate has been noted as an observation on their previous passport, a birth certificate is not required.

Please note that requesting an observation may delay your application. Observations are not required by the vast majority of applicants.

Select the type of first time adult application:

 

First time adult application from applicants born in Ireland or Northern Ireland before 1 January 2005:

You will need to submit:

  • Your full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your civil marriage certificate if applying for a passport in your married name.
  • Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.

If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:

  • Official Photo Identification. The Passport Service requires an original or certified copy of a passport or National ID Card from another country or an original or certified copy of a Driver’s license in order to establish your identity. If you send your original document, we will not return these to you until the application process is complete. Alternatively, you can send a copy certified by one of the following: a police officer, a solicitor or the witness who signs Section 9 of your application form. If you are applying via Passport Express in the Post Offices in Glasgow or Liverpool, the copy of your photographic identification may be witnessed by a postal official from one of those post offices.
  • AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority. Your proof of name and proof of address can’t be covered by the same document.
  • 4 photographs (2 signed by the witness as per Section 9 of the Form)

First time adult application from an applicant born abroad to a parent born in Ireland or Northern Ireland:

You will need to submit:

  • Your full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your civil marriage certificate (if requesting passport in your married name).
  • Your Irish born parent’s full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your Irish born parent’s civil marriage certificate (if married).
  • Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.
  • Official Photo Identification. The Passport Service requires an original or certified copy of a passport or National ID Card from another country or an original or certified copy of a Driver’s license in order to establish your identity. If you send your original document, we will not return these to you until the application process is complete. Alternatively, you can send a copy certified by one of the following: a police officer, a solicitor or the witness who signs Section 9 of your application form. If you are applying via Passport Express in the Post Offices in Glasgow or Liverpool, the copy of your photographic identification may be witnessed by a postal official from one of those post offices.
  • AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority
  • 4 photos (2 signed by the witness as per Section 9 of the Form)

First time adult application from an applicant eligible for Irish citizenship on the basis of having a grandparent born on the island of Ireland:

You will need to submit:

  • Your Foreign Birth Registration certificate
  • Your full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your civil marriage certificate (if requesting the passport in your married name).
  • Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.
  • Official Photo Identification. The Passport Service requires an original or certified copy of a passport or National ID Card from another country or an original or certified copy of a Driver’s license in order to establish your identity. If you send your original document, we will not return these to you until the application process is complete. Alternatively, you can send a copy certified by one of the following: a police officer, a solicitor or the witness who signs Section 9 of your application form. If you are applying via Passport Express in the Post Offices in Glasgow or Liverpool, the copy of your photographic identification may be witnessed by a postal official from one of those post offices.
  • AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority
  • 4 photos (2 signed by the witness as per Section 9 of the Form)

First time adult application from a naturalised Irish citizen:

You will need to submit:

  • Your full civil birth certificate, (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your civil marriage certificate if applying in your married name.
  • Your Naturalisation Certificate.
  • Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.
  • Original or certified copy of passport from country of birth (if available).4 photos (2 signed by the witness as per Section 9 of the Form)

First time adult application from an applicant born abroad and adopted by an Irish citizen under Irish Law:

You will need to submit:

  • Your Inter-Country Adoption Certificate.
  • Your civil marriage certificate if applying in the married name.
  • Proof of Irish citizenship of adoptive parent at time of adoption e,g. Irish passport.
  • Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.

If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:

  • Official Photo Identification. The Passport Service requires an original or certified copy of a passport or National ID Card from another country or an original or certified copy of a Driver’s license in order to establish your identity. If you send your original document, we will not return these to you until the application process is complete. Alternatively, you can send a copy certified by one of the following: a police officer, a solicitor or the witness who signs Section 9 of your application form. If you are applying via Passport Express in the Post Offices in Glasgow or Liverpool, the copy of your photographic identification may be witnessed by a postal official from one of those post offices.
  • AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority
  • 4 photos (2 signed by the witness as per Section 9 of the Form)

First time adult application from an adult born in Ireland and adopted by an Irish citizen under Irish Law:

You will need to submit:

  • Your adoption certificate.
  • Your civil marriage certificate (if applying in the married name).
  • Proof of Irish citizenship of adoptive parent at time of adoption e,g. Irish passport.
  • Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.4 photos (2 signed by the witness as per Section 9 of the Form)

If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:

  • Original or certified copy of your passport from another country, national ID card, social security card OR
  • a certified copy of your driver’s license (certified by a solicitor or notary public).
  • AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.

First time adult application from an applicant who had obtained post-nuptial citizenship prior to its discontinuation in November 2005:

You will need to submit:

  • Your full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your civil marriage certificate (if applying in the married name).
  • Your Post Nuptial Citizenship Certificate. Please note that the validity of this certificate will be verified with the Department of Justice and Equality.
  • Proof of address e.g. one of the following - original utility bill, bank statement, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if stamped by the issuing authority.

If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:

  • Official Photo Identification. The Passport Service requires an original or certified copy of a passport or National ID Card from another country or an original or certified copy of a Driver’s license in order to establish your identity. If you send your original document, we will not return these to you until the application process is complete. Alternatively, you can send a copy certified by one of the following: a police officer, a solicitor or the witness who signs Section 9 of your application form. If you are applying via Passport Express in the Post Offices in Glasgow or Liverpool, the copy of your photographic identification may be witnessed by a postal official from one of those post offices.
  • AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.

First time adult application from an applicant who has obtained a gender recognition certificate:

You will need to submit:

  • Your Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) as issued by the Department of Social Protection.
  • Your birth certificate as re-issued after gender recognition.
  • Your civil marriage certificate if applying for a passport in your married name.
  • Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.

If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:

  • Official Photo Identification. The Passport Service requires an original or certified copy of a passport or National ID Card from another country or an original or certified copy of a Driver’s license in order to establish your identity. If you send your original document, we will not return these to you until the application process is complete. Alternatively, you can send a copy certified by one of the following: a police officer, a solicitor or the witness who signs Section 9 of your application form. If you are applying via Passport Express in the Post Offices in Glasgow or Liverpool, the copy of your photographic identification may be witnessed by a postal official from one of those post offices.
  • AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority. Your proof of name and proof of address can’t be covered by the same document.
  • 4 photos (2 signed by the witness as per Section 9 of the Form)

First time adult application from an applicant who is not entitled to a Gender Recognition Certificate issued by Ireland’s Department of Employment Affairs and Social protection: 

You will need to submit:

  • A statutory declaration that you have an intention to live in the new gender for the rest of your life - ( A sample copy of a Statutory Declaration is available at http://www.welfare.ie/en/pdf/GRC1.pdf)
  • 2 documents demonstrating proof of usage of the new name, e.g. any 2 of the following (photo ID document, pay slips, utility bills, government correspondence). These documents must date back at least two years from the date you make your application.
  • Your birth certificate
  • Your civil marriage certificate if applying for a passport in your married name.
  • Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.
  • Your original passport from another country, national ID card, Driver’s license or copies certified by the witness (we will include same text that has been agreed.

Select type of first type child application:

 

Applications for a first passport cannot be made via the Online Passport Application Service. You must submit a paper application. All applications for those under the age of 18 require witnessed consent from all legal guardians of the applicant.

First time child application for a child born in Ireland or Northern Ireland before 1 January 2005:

  • You will need to submit your child’s civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).

First time child application for a child born abroad to a parent born in Ireland or Northern Ireland before 1 January 2005:

You will need to submit:

  • Your child’s full civil birth certificate of child (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Parent's full civil birth certificate.
  • Parent's civil marriage certificate (if applicable).

First time child application for a child born in Ireland or Northern Ireland on or after 1 January 2005:

You will need to submit:

  • Your child’s civil birth certificate.
  • Proof of parent’s citizenship.

Proof of parent’s citizenship is required in order to determine citizenship entitlements of the child:

Parent is an Irish citizen:

Proof of parent’s Irish citizenship at time of applicant’s birth, e.g. parent’s original Irish birth certificate, passport or certified copy of passport. The parent must have been an Irish citizen before the date of the child’s birth.

Parent is a British citizen:

  • Parent’s British passport or certified copy (citizenship section should state British Citizen, not British Subject) or
  • Parent’s original long form civil birth certificate if parent was born in the UK before 01/01/1983

Parent is an EU/ EEA/ Swiss citizen:

  • Parent’s EU passport national identity document, or certified copy.
  • Declaration Form A/B (sworn statement of residency).
  • Parent’s proof of residency e.g. P60s, tax documents, statement from Department of Social Protection which supports claim of residing in Ireland for three of the four years prior to the birth of the child.
  • If P60s do not cover the full 52 weeks for each year, the period not covered must be supported by documentary evidence such as bills, bank statements, communication with government departments etc.

Parent is a non EU citizen:

  • Parent’s passport or certified copy with permission stamps to reside in Ireland and/or parent’s GNIB card.
  • Letters from the Department of Justice and Equality which sanctioned permission to remain in the State.
  • A summary statement, signed by the parent, of the parent’s ‘permission to remain’ stamps in the passport. This summary should state the number of the passport, name of passport holder, a description of the stamp(s) and the dates of the permission.

Parent has refugee status in Ireland:

  • Letter from Department of Justice and Equality granting refugee status.
  • Parent's GNIB card.
  • Parent's travel document.

First time child application for a child eligible for Irish citizenship on the basis of having a grandparent born on the island of Ireland:

You will need to submit:

  • Your child’s full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your child’s   Original Foreign Birth Registration Certificate.

First time child application for a naturalised Irish citizen:

You will need to submit:

  • Your child’s full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your child’s Naturalisation Certificate.
  • If born outside Ireland, passport from country of birth or a certified copy.

First time child application – Child was born abroad and adopted by Irish citizen under Irish Law:

You will need to submit:

  • Inter-Country Adoption Certificate.
  • Proof of citizenship of Irish adoptive parent (passport or certified copy of passport, or original birth certificate).

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.