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Passports for Children

Information about the application process is described in the tabs below.

The old practice of including children on their parents' passports no longer exists. Your child needs an individual passport. This is intended to make international travel more secure for children and reduce the risk of kidnapping and child trafficking.

  • Documents
  • Photographs
  • Consent of parents and guardians
  • Witnessing the application
  • Fees and where to apply



The application form comes complete with detailed notes including information about documents to be submitted in support of your application form. Please read the notes carefully before completing the application form.

Documents you will need to include:

  • A completed and witnessed APS2 application form
  • 4 Passport Photographs (2 witnessed)
  • Previous passport, if your child has one
  • Your child's long form birth certificate. This must be included for all under 18's.

If you were born outside Ireland to a parent born on the island of Ireland you will also need:

  • The long form birth certificate and civil marriage certificate (if applicable) of your Irish-born parent.

If your child was born outside Ireland but claims Irish Citizenship by descent under the Foreign Births Registration scheme you will also need:

  • Your child's original foreign birth registration certificate.

If your child is a naturalised Irish Citizen, you will also need:

  • Your child's original naturalisation certificate.



Photo Guidelines

Photo Guidelines


  • 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't's


  • 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.

Consent of parents and guardians

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:

  • Joint guardians, fill in and sign the relevant part of Section 7 of the passport application form in the presence of a witness (see list below)
  • Sole guardians, see requirements for parents' or guardians' consent to passport applications for children under 18 years of age.

The witness must:

  • Complete, sign and stamp Section 7, including a work landline phone number - mobile phone numbers will not be accepted
  • Sign each column separately if they witness both parents/guardians' signature

Who can act as witness?

The passport application notes list a number of professions the members of which can witness the consent of parents/guardians. In Slovenia/Bosnia and Herzegovina the following are most likely to be willing to act as a witness:

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

Any of the above can witness the application so long as they are satisfied as to the identity of the child and that the four photos are a true likeness of the child.

If you are unable to get a professional from the above list to act as a witness on your application form, please contact the Embassy for further instructions 

Witnessing the application

Witnessing the application

Certificate of identity (Section 9 of the application form)

The child must:

Sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of the witness. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form. A parent/guardian of a child under sever must sign their own name in the right sided box in Section 8 in front the witness.

The witness must:

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


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

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, are coming into effect on 30 March 2017:

  • Minor, age 0 – 17 years, 5 year passport booklet: €45
  • Emergency Travel Document*: €30

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

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 to 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, 3/5-yr 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.


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.