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How to apply for an Irish 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:-

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 itpassport fees
  • Application Forms
  • Documents
  • Photographs
  • Witnessing your application
  • Fees and where to apply

Application Forms

Application Forms

If you are resident in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), you need to use an original APS2 application form.  They are available in English (APS2E)

APS2 forms are available:

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Original certificates and written in English in all cases.  if not, a certified English version of the originals, translated by a registered translator required. 

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).
  • 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.


Photo Guidelines

What are the guidelines for passport photographs?


  • 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 dos and don'ts


  • 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


  • 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 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 will offer you further advice

Witnessing your application

How to get your passport application witnessed


The information below is intended only as a general guide. Please read all the instructions that accompany the application form for detailed advice on the documents required in your particular case.

Identification (Section 9 of your application form)

Consent of parents/guardians (Section 7 of your application form)

Lost, stolen or damaged passports (Section 6 of your application form)


A member of one of the professions listed below can witness your passport application form as long as they are satisfied as to your identify and that your four photos are a true likeness of you. Make sure you bring photo identification with you and be aware that the witness may ask you for more proof of identification - this is at their discretion.

  • Police Officer
  • Member of Clergy
  • Medical Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/Assistant bank manager
  • Elected Public Representative
  • Notary Public/Commissioner for Oaths
  • Peace Commissioner
  • School Principal/Vice Principal
  • University Dean/Professor
  • Accountant

You must:

Sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of the witness. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form.

The witness must:

  • Complete Section 9 of the form, including a work landline phone number - mobile phone numbers will not be accepted
  • Insert the form number from Section 9 on the back of two of your four photos
  • Sign and stamp the back of those two photos
  • Be resident in the Republic of Korea (South Korea).


Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9.

Consent of parents or guardians

This is an additional requirement for children. Everyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/guardians to get a passport and this consent must be witnessed. The only exception to this is if the child is married.

Parents/guardians must:

  • Fill in and sign the relevant part of Section 7 of the passport application form in the presence of a listed witness
  • Find out what to do if both parents/guardians are unable to sign Section 7
  • This is the same witness list as the Section 9 identification requirement.

The witness must:

  • Complete, sign and stamp Section 7, including a work landline telephone number - mobile telephone numbers are not acceptable
  • Sign each column separately if they witness both parents/guardians' signatures
  • Be resident in the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

Lost/stolen and damaged passports

If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:

  • Complete Section 6 of the application form, explaining how your previous passport was lost, stolen or damaged
  • Have it witnessed and stamped by the same person who witnessed Section 9 of your application

***If you lose two or more passports, it may restrict the period of validity for your next passport.***


Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen even if it has been recovered

Fees and where to apply

Passport Fees

Please note that KRW fees are regularly updated to keep in line with the Euro fees charged by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland.

The fee depends on the type of passport you apply for:

Apply for a Passport via the Embassy

Standard Passports

  • Standard 10-year passport for those 18 years and over – KRW133,000
  • Large 10-year passport with 66 pages for those 18 years and over – KRW175,000
  • Standard 5-year passport for those under 18 years – KRW63,000


From April 2017 for all applicants under 18 years there is one type of passport with a five year validity. The three year passport is discontinued.

Emergency (Temporary) Passports

  • During the Embassy’s normal office hours in 5 working days – KRW42,000


This fee applies to both Emergency (Temporary) Passports & Emergency Travel Certificates & and both adult & minor applicants.

Additional fee

  • Additional fee for outside of the Embassy’s normal office hours – KRW112,000


From April 2017 there is NO ‘expedited service’ for applications via the Embassy.


  • Sending out an original application form by ordinary mail – KRW1,000
  • Sending out  a new passport by registered mail – KRW3,000

Please make sure to include the appropriate Korean fee in total in the form of cash (when applying in person) or postal money order (when applying by post).  It is not possible for the Embassy to take card payments for passport applications.


From 31 March 2017 there is an option to renew adult passport online. The cost of submitting on-line for adults will be as below plus an International postage fee (where applicable) of €5.


  • Standard 10-year passport is €80
  • Large 66-page, 10-year passport is €110
  • Passport card is €35
  • Standard passport plus passport card is €105
  • Large passport plus passport card is €135

Where to Apply

The Embassy of Ireland Seoul is located at:

Leema Bldg. 13F.,
Jongro 1-gil,
Korea 03152

T: (02) 721 7200 / F: (02) 774 6458

The Embassy is 5 minutes' walk from Gwanghwamun Station on the purple Line number 5, Exit No.2, the Leema Building in which the Embassy is located directly behind Nat’l Museum of Korean Contemporary History – formerly the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which is beside the US Embassy.

The Embassy is open to the public from 09.00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday

If you choose to post your application, we strongly recommend you to use registered mail or a reputable courier service. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit.


It is very important to keep a record of your 11-digit application number as you will not be able to track your passport application without it. A peel-off sticker with the number can be found on the back page of the application form.