How to apply for a Passport
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.
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!
Due to Covid-19 Paper Applications are currently not being processed by the Passport Service.
If you are resident in Great Britain the quickest way to get your passport is to apply online. If you do not wish to use the online system, you need to use an APS2 application form and wait until the Passport Service resumes the processing of paper applications before you submit a paper application to us.
APS2E forms are available in both Irish and English. You can get a passport form from:
- Your nearest Irish centre in Great Britain
- The Passport Office, 114A Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ES
- Consulate of Ireland, Edinburgh
- Consulate of Ireland, Cardiff
- Contact us with your address and we will post a form to you
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
Due to Covid-19, Paper applications are currently not being accepted by the Cork Office. Please do not send your paper application to the Cork office or to the Passport Office, London until this service resumes. Our online service is available to you at www.dfa.ie/passportonline
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
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
The Passport Express Service operated by the post offices in Glasgow and Liverpool is currently paused.
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 Post Office
140 West Nile Street
Liverpool Post Office
1-3 South John Street
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
Due to the Covid 19 situation the Passport Office in London will remain closed until further notice.
You must have an appointment to submit an application in person to the Passport Office in London.
The Passport Office is located at:
114a Cromwell Road
The Passport Office is open to the public from 09.30 - 16.30 Monday to Friday.
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.