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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.

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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!

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Urgent Renewal Appointment Service

If you are renewing your passport and wish to avail of our new urgent renewal service, with a five day turnaround time, you can now make an appointment at our public office on Cromwell Road.

Appointments can be booked online up to 3 weeks in advance. You cannot book an appointment if you have already submitted an online application. 

If you book an appointment when you already have an application pending through the online system, your appointment will be cancelled and the appointment fee refunded. Your online application will continue to process in line with current turnaround times

This urgent renewal service is not available to first time applicants.

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Passport Express

The Passport Express Service operated by the post offices in Glasgow and Liverpool is open. You will need to visit the post offices in person to avail of this service.

Passport Express is the only postal application method in Great Britain for paper applications. The turnaround time for this service is estimated at 8 weeks. Passport Express applications cannot be expedited and you are advised to not book flights until you have your passport. 

If you need your passport sooner, please use Passport Online or our new urgent renewal appointments service.

We will not process passport applications submitted by ordinary or registered post. These applications will be returned to you unprocessed.


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.