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How to apply for a Passport

From 30 March 2017 all adults (ie those over the age of 18 on the date of renewal) can apply to renew their passport online. You can find details and make the renewal application at

For those applying for their first Irish passport or for applications relating to children (ie those under the age of 18 on the date of renewal), applications will continue to be made using the paper passport application form (form APS2), which can be submitted together with the supporting documentation through the Embassy. You can find details of how to do this, including the documents required and the fees, below.

Application Forms

Applications for renewal of adults' passports can be made online at Applications for children (ie those under the age of 18 at the date of renewal) or applications for a first passport can be made using the paper application form, APS2, which you can request from the Embassy either in person or by post.


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 or in Irish, 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 have 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.

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 for more information 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).

Photograph requirements

Poor quality photographs are the main reason we have to reject passport applications. Bring these photo guidelines with you to your photographer to ensure that your photo complies fully with the requirements. 

Passport photo checklist

  1. Include 4 separate identical photos, no more than 6 months old with the passport application
  2. Make sure they meet our requirements (see below)
  3. Get the witness for your application to write the form number (found on Section 9 of the application) on the back of two of your four photos. They must also sign and stamp the back of those two photos.


If you don’t make sure the witness signs, writes the form number and stamps on the back of two photos, you’ll have to submit a new application form and photos. 

Passport photo do's and don't's


  • Do centre your head in the photo
  • Do look directly at the camera
  • No hair across your face or eyes as eyes must be clearly visible
  • The background must be plain and light coloured
  • 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


  • 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 reasons
  • Don’t wear a hair band.
  • Don’t wear a uniform, civil or military (e.g. showing epaulettes, insignia)

Passport photo requirements


The photos should show a close up of your face and the top of your shoulders so that your face takes up between 70% and 80% of the frame

  • 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.


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, Contact us and we can advise you.


Witnessing your application

Before you submit your application form, you must have it witnessed by an appropriate person. The witness must be from one of the following professions only and:

(a) must be currently residing and practicing in Lithuania,
(b) must not be related in any way to the applicant,
(c) must either know the applicant in person or know a third party who knows the applicant in person.

  • Medical Doctor
  • Bank Manager
  • School Principal or Class Teacher
  • Head of Department at a university/college
  • Notary public or Solicitor (must be registered with the local law society)

Your witness needs to:

  • Fully complete Section E of your application form - 'Certificate of Identity'
  • Sign and date your 2 passport-sized photographs. (For applicants under 18, a parent must also sign the photographs and submit 2 passport-sized photographs of himself/herself. The parent’s photos must also be signed and dated by the witness.)
  • Witness you signing Section 7 (if applicable) and Section 9 of your application form
  • Provide a business/work address and contact number. Private address for a witness will not be accepted.


If your application hasn't been properly witnessed, it will be returned to you.

Fees and Where to apply

Passport Fees are with effect from 30th March 2017

Passport Application via Embassy


Adult 10 year


Adult large 10 year


Minor, age 0 – 17 years, 5 year passport


Online Renewal*


Standard adult passport


Large adult passport


Passport card


Standard passport plus passport card


Large passport plus passport card


*please note that additional postage fees may apply.

We recommend that you pay the Passport fee by bank transfer.  Our account details are:

Beneficiary:                      Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland

Beneficiary’s Bank:          “Swedbank”, AB

                                          Konstitucijos 20A, Vilnius

                                          SWIFT: HABALT22

Beneficiary’s Acc. No.:      LT24 7300 0100 9166 3945

If you prefer, you may also pay by cash at the Embassy.

Where to apply

To apply for an Irish Passport in Lithuania, you must come to the Embassy:

Embassy of Ireland
Gedimino Pr. 1

Vilnius LT-01103
Tel: +370 5 2629460
Fax: +370 5 262 9462
Contact Us

The Embassy is open to the public from 10.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00 from Monday to Friday, or otherwise by appointment.

Don't Forget:

Keep a record of your 11-digit application number to track your application.  A peel-off sticker with the number can be found on the back page of the application form.