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How to apply for a Passport

Irish Citizens who are over 18, and have previously held an Irish Passport can now apply for their Passport Book and/or Passport Card online at https://www.dfa.ie/passportonline/

If you are not eligible, or do not wish, to apply online, our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. The guide will answer some of the most common questions like:

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

Application Forms

If you are resident outside of Ireland, you need to use an APS2 application form.  

It is available in Irish (APS2G) and in English (APS2E), from the following locations:

Documentation

If applying to Embassy Rome, 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 had one
  • Long form birth certificate. This must be included for all under 18s and for adults if you have lost your passport, or 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 civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • If these documents are not in English, 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 from 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 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

What are the guidelines for passport photographs?

The information below serves only as a general guide. Please see the more detailed instructions and examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos that accompany the application form.

Size

  • Minimum: 35mm x 45mm
  • Maximum: 38mm x 50mm

Lighting and focus

  • Photos must be in sharp focus and correctly exposed
  • Shadows from the head must NOT appear in the background
  • Good colour balance and natural skin tones are essential
  • 'Red eye' in photographs is not acceptable
  • A clear contrast is needed between facial features and background

Photo quality

  • Photos must be printed on photo-quality paper at a high resolution
  • There should be no ink marks or creases
  • Digital enhancements or changes are not acceptable
  • The reverse of the photos must be white and unglazed
  • Black and white photos are recommended as they're digitally printed onto the passport in black and white. But we also accept colour photos.

Passport photo do's and don'ts

Pose

  • Do centre your head in the photo
  • Do look directly at the camera
  • Do make sure your facial features are clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to the crown of your head
  • Don't tilt your head up/down or left/right

Expression

  • Do keep your facial expressions neutral (no raised eyebrows, frowns)
  • Do keep both eyes open and your mouth closed
  • Don't smile

Glasses, head covers and clothing

  • Do wear your glasses (if you normally wear them) but make sure there's no reflection on the lenses and the frames don't obscure your eyes
  • Don't wear sunglasses or glasses with tinted lenses, unless they're prescription
  • Don't wear a head covering unless it's for religious or medical reasons
  • Don't wear a uniform, civil or military (e.g. showing epaulettes, insignia)

Infants

Infants or very young children who can't support themselves should be photographed lying down on a plain, white surface. No one else should appear in the photo, so make sure that hands or arms used to support the child are not visible.

People with disabilities

If you have a disability that prevents you meeting all of these requirements, please use our contact us page to let us know and we will offer you further advice.

Who can act as a witness?

The person who witnesses your signature and confirms your identity must, without exception, be a member of one of the following professions and must not be related to you. Retired witnesses are not acceptable:

Police Officer
Member of the Clergy
School Principal/Vice Principal
Judge/Magistrate
Practicing Lawyer
Accountant
Medical Doctor
Bank Manager/Assistant Manager
Elected Public Representative

Fees and Where to apply

Passport Fees are with effect from 30th March 2017

Passport Application via Embassy/Consulate

 

Adult 10 year

€95.00

Adult large 10 year

€125.00

Minor, age 0 – 17 years, 5 year passport

€45.00

Online Renewal*

 

Standard adult passport

€80.00

Large adult passport

€110.00

Passport card

€35.00

Standard passport plus passport card

€105.00

Large passport plus passport card

€135.00

*please note that additional postage fees may apply.

Courier fee

The Embassy does not recommend that important documents such as passports are sent via the standard postal system. If you do not wish to collect your passport in person we recommend that you use a courier service. If you wish the Embassy to arrange a courier service for you a fee of €15 is payable.

How to make a payment

The Embassy accepts payments made in cash, by Italian bank drafts or personal cheques and by Italian postal order. Bank drafts, personal cheques and postal orders should be made payable to: Ambasciata d’Irlanda.

Remember....

Read all sections of the passport application form to make sure you've filled it out correctly, including photo requirements and how to get it witnessed properly.