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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

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
  • Documents
  • Photographs
  • Witnessing your application
  • Fees and where to apply

Application Forms

Application Forms

If you are resident in Slovenia or Bosnia and Herzegovina you need to use an APS2 form. We will not be able to process other types of applications. APS2 forms are available in hard copy only and can be obtained by:



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.


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.


  • 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


  • 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, please use our contact us page to let us know and we will offer you further advice.

Witnessing your application

How to get your passport application witnessed

Certificate of identity (Section 9 of your application form)

The passport application notes list a number of professions the members of which can witness your passport application form. In Slovenia/Bosnia and Herzegovina the following are appropriate to act as a witness on the application form:

  • Lawyer, Solicitor
  • Bank Manager
  • Medical Doctor
  • Teacher
  • Accountant
  • Notary Public

Any of the above can witness the application so long as they are satisfied as to your identity and that your four photos are a true likeness of you. Make sure you bring photo identification with you.

If you are unable to get your form witnessed by a member of the above-listed professions, please contact the Embassy for further instructions.

You must:

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

The witness must:

  • Complete relevant Section of the form and stamp with their official seal
  • Insert the form number from Section 9 at the back of two of your four photos
  • Sign and stamp the back of those two photos


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

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

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 must be witnessed.

Parents/guardians must:

Fill in and sign the relevant part of Section 7 of the passport application form in the presence of a witness

The witness must:

Complete, sign and stamp Section 7, including a work landline telephone number

Sign each column separately if they witness both parents/guardians' signatures

Lost/stolen and damaged passports (Section 6 of your application form)

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 and it may not be possible to receive your passport in less than 10 working days.


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

Fees and where to apply

Fees and Where to apply


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

The following passport fees, for applications made through the Embassy, have come into effect on 30 March 2017:

  • Adult 10 year passport booklet: €95
  • Adult large 10 year passport booklet: €125
  • Minor, 5-year passport for those under 18 years: €45
  • Emergency Travel Document*: €30

*This fee applies to both Emergency Travel Certificates and Emergency Passports.


  • 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

Additional Fees:

  • Out of hours fee**: €80

**The fee is additional to the fee for the passport itself.


Payment can be made in cash or by bank transfer direct into the Embassy account, details as follows:

  • SI56020100254556581 (IBAN)
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland, Poljanski nasip 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija (Recipient)
  • Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d., Ljubljana, Trg republike 2, 1520 Ljubljana (Bank)
  • Applicant name & last name, passport fee (Narrative)

Where to apply:

The Embassy of Ireland is located at:

Poljanski nasip 6
1000 Ljubljana

Tel: 00386 1 300 8970
Fax: 00386 1 282 1096

Contact Us

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

Track your passport

You will not be able to track your passport application without the 11-digit application number. A peel-off sticker with the number can be found on the back page of the application form.