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Passports for children

All you need to know to apply for a passport for a child/minor.

How long does it take?

It can take up to 12 weeks for a passport to be produced or longer where the application is irregular. We do not issue emergency passports for children. Please ensure that you apply for a new passport for your child at least 12 weeks before your intended date of travel.

Children require their own passport

Children must have their own passport. They cannot be included on a parent's passport. Applications must be made in person at the Embassy or Consulate; parents must be accompanied by the child seeking a passport and the person witnessing the application.

Documents which must accompany the application

Applications for passports for children living in West Africa must include the following (first time applicants and passport renewals):

  • Both parents should be present at the Embassy or Consulate with the child and the witness so that the consent and witness sections of the passport application form are completed in the presence of an Embassy or Consulate official. The witness should ensure to bring their official stamp and official document certifying that they are a lawyer, medical doctor, accountant, bank manager, elected representative, school principal or member of the clergy.
  • A signed form APS2 (completed all sections other than the parents' consent and witnessing which should be completed at the Embassy/Consulate). If the child is able to sign his/her signature on the application form they should do so inside the signature box on the left hand side of Section 8 of the application form. If the child is unable to sign, this signature box should be left blank. In such cases, a parent/guardian should sign on the white strip at Section 8 in the presence of the person who witnessed the application. The form includes a section for parental consent which should be completed at the Embassy/Consulate (see below).
  • The child's Long Form Birth Certificate. The long form birth certificate must be submitted for all applications for children/minors regardless of whether it is their first Irish passport or a subsequent renewal. If the birth certificate is not included the application will be rejected.
  • Previous Irish passport (if there is a renewal)
  • 4 passport photographs of the child, size 38mmx50mm with 80% face close-up. There should be enough allowance on top of the head (detailed photo instructions are available at the Passport Office website and are also contained inside the application form). Two of the photographs must be signed on the back by the witness who should also write the form number on the two photos.
  • Current valid passports of the child's parents.
  • Parents' marriage certificate (if married).
  • 3 different proofs of address for each parent. These can be utility bills, bank statements or an official legal document with the parents' name and address.
  • Appropriate fee (see below)

Where the child held an Irish passport as an infant but has not had a passport since then:

  • In addition to all of the above, we will require all medical and school records of the child to establish the child's identity. The records should have the name of the child exactly as it is in the child's passport. If the child has two forenames in the passport plus his/her surname, all these names should appear in the supporting documents. If they do not there could be significant delay in processing the application.
  • Photographs of the child from infancy to current age to show the child's development. The Embassy would prefer solo photos of the child or of the child with the parents rather than larger family photos. Photos which have been altered will not be accepted.
  • Additional documentation if requested by the Embassy or the Passport Office.

Where the child was born in Ireland on or after 1 January 2005:

  • In addition to the child's Long Form Birth Certificate, you must also include the Long Form Birth Certificate or Passport of the Irish citizen(s).
  • In the case of non-Irish citizen parents, you must include the parents' passport(s) and in some cases an additional Declaration Form from the same parent. These requirements are fully set out in the Section New Citizenship Changes section of this website and also on the passport application form. These requirements only apply to parents of children born on or after 1 January 2005.

 

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:

  • 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.

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.