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How to apply for a Passport

A step-by-step guide to applying for an Irish passport.

How long does it take?

You should apply for a new passport at least six months before your current passport expires. This is because many countries will only permit you to enter if your passport is valid for at least six months after you leave that country. As passports are printed in Ireland, it can take 8-10 weeks from when we receive a completed application to get your new passport back to you.

By registering for the Passport Reminder Service you will receive an email 3 months before your current passport expires reminding you to apply for a new one. You will need to have your passport expiry date to complete the registration process.

Many countries will only allow you to enter if your passport is valid for at least six months after you have left the country.

 

Application Forms

If you are living in West Africa you need to use an original APS2 application form. As each application form has an individual reference number, photocopied and scanned forms will not be accepted.

APS2 forms are available:

From the Embassy

From the Honorary Consulate in Lagos.

For those living outside Nigeria only, by sending us a pre-paid DHL envelope - contact +234 (0) 94620611 to make arrangements.

 

 



Documents

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 signed and stamped by an approved witness) and with the Form Number entered on the back. Please take care when submitting photos that the ink does not transfer to other photographs
  • Previous passport - if you have had one
  • Original Full Civil Birth Certificate giving details of parents. This must be included for all under 18s and for adults if you have lost your passport or if applying for your first passport or if you wish to have your birth certificate name recorded on the observation page of your new passport
  • Civil Marriage Certificate (if you are changing your name)
  • Additional documents will be required 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 Full Civil Long Form Birth Certificate giving details of parents and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname after marriage)
  • 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.
  • The original of a passport from another country and another form of photographic identification, such as your driving licence, your residence permit or your work or student ID
  • An original documents showing proof if 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 have lost your current Irish passport, please provide, where available, a photocopy of the lost passport or a photocopy of a previous Irish passport.

**Please bear in mind, it is not possible to expedite any application to replace a lost/stolen passport**

Further documents are require 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 Full Civil Birth Certificate giving details of parents and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname)
  • The original Full Civil 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 you nor your parents were born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent, you will also need:

  • You 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 Full Civil Birth Certificate giving details of parents 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 Full Civil Birth Certificate giving details of parents and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname)

Please be aware that applicants may be requested to provide further information and/or attend for interview at the Embassy.

Witnessing your Application

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

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

The above professions may also witness the consent of parents on a child's passport application (section 7 of the form). Again, the witness must come to the Embassy/Consulate in person and bring the proof of their profession and their official stamp. Contact us on +234 9462 0611 for details.

There is an Embassy charge of the Nigerian naira equivalent of €40 for certifying that the witness and the applicant have signed in the presence of an Embassy or Consulate officer.

 


Fees

Fees vary from month to month based on the Embassy's Euro/Naira exchange rate and are based on the local currency equivalent of:

  • Adult passport 10-year validity €95
  • Large Adult passport (additional pages) 10-year validity €125
  • Minor, age 0-17, 5 year passport €45
  • Emergency travel document €30
  • Certification fee €40.

The Embassy does not provide a photocopying service. Please ensure to bring photocopies of all your documents with you.

Submitting your application

If you are living in Nigeria:

  • The Passport Office at the Embassy of Ireland in Abuja is open on Wednesdays from 2 - 4pm and on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm. You can lodge your application at these times. Outside of these times you can ring us on 09 462 0611 for information on how to apply.
  • The Honorary Consulate in Lagos is open from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday.
  • For all applications from Nigeria, we require you to come in person to the Embassy with your witness and, if the passport is for an Irish child, to bring that child with you.

If you are living in Ghana:

  • Contact +234 244 237 098 for instructions. The application must be submitted in person.

If you are living in Senegal or elsewhere in West Africa:

Contact us on +234 9 462 0611 for instructions. You will be required to send us a DHL pre-paid courier envelope so that we can send you the application form.

 

Remember....

Read all sections of the passport form to make sure that you complete it correctly, that the photographs comply with our requirements and that the application has been witnessed correctly. Please ensure that you complete the application form in black ink only.