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How to apply for a Passport

Our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. You can't apply online but 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

Adult passport renewals can be done online via www.dfa.ie/passportonline

For first time applicants, children's passport and passport changes - you can apply through the Embassy with an APS2 application form.

It is available in Irish (APS2G) and in English (APS2E), and can be obtained by contacting us at the Embassy and providing your name and postal address and number of application forms needed.

Documentation

If applying to Embassy The Netherlands, 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 witnessed)
  • Previous passport if you had one
  • Long form birth certificate. This must be included for all under 18s and for adults if you have lost your passport, or if applying for your first passport.
  • Civil Marriage Certificate (if you are changing your name)
  • Additional documents for first and/or lost passport applications. See below for information.

Please note that applicant who wish their passports to be issued by post should include a prepaid registered mail sticker (available for €7.95 at any post office) with their completed application form. We regret that it is not possible for the Embassy to issue passports by regular post, or to accept payment of €7.95 in lieu of the sticker cost. You can also enclose €7.95 worth of postage stamps for return post.

Your application is to be sent to the Embassy in The Hague. The application and supporting documents are scanned into the Passport system and physically stay at the Embassy in The Hague. You may keep your current passport for travel during the application process. However, we will need to see the original passport at the time of application. Please contact the Embassy for further information on keeping your passport during the application process.

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 long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • 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.
  • A certified copy of your photo identification, such as your driver's licence, or the original copy of your passport from another country or your college identification card. You can get it certified by the person who witnesses your application form.
  • An original document showing proof of 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.

Further documents are required 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 long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • The long-form 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 of your parents were born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent, you will also need:

  • Your 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 long-form birth certificate 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 long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).

 

Photo Guidelines

What are the guidelines for passport photographs?

Size

  • 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

Pose

  • 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

Expression

  • 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

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.

How to get your passport application witnessed

Witnessing in The Netherlands

Who can act as a witness?

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

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


Fees and Where to apply

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

Standard Passports - Effective from 30 March 2017

Standard 10-year passport: €95
Large 66-page, 10-year passport: €125
Standard 5-year passport for those between 0 and 18 years: €45

Emergency Travel Documents

Emergency Travel Document [Please note: There is an additional fee of €80 for documents provided out of hours.]

€30


Please note applications will not be processed before payment has been received
. Fees can be paid through bank transfer to Deutsche Bank Account, IBAN: NL02DEUT0430101457, noting your name in the comments, or in cash with the correct amount at the Embassy in The Hague.

Where to apply

Passport applications can be submitted at the Embassy of Ireland in The Hague during public opening hours: 10.00 – 12.30 and 14.30 – 17.00, Monday – Friday.

The public telephone line is open for queries during the following hours: 9.30 – 12.30 and 14.30 – 17.00, Monday – Friday.

Alternatively, applications can be posted to the Embassy at the following address:

Passport & Consular Officer
Embassy of Ireland
Scheveningseweg 112
2584AE Den Haag

Where applications are posted, the Embassy strongly recommends the use of registered mail or a reputable courier service. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for applications or original documents lost in transit.

We advise citizens to renew their passports 6 months before the expiry date.

You should allow at least 4 -6 weeks for the processing of your passport. Please note this is approximate and not guaranteed. The summer season can be extremely busy and can take up to 8 weeks before the Passports are returned from Dublin. Your previous passport and documents remain at the Embassy in The Hague and can still be used for travel during the application process. Please contact the Embassy for further details.

Please note: The practice of Exchange/Replacement Passports has been discontinued. Therefore, if a passport holder wishes to change an aspect of his/her passport (e.g. the passport is damaged, there are no more visa pages left or a change of name on passport is required), a new passport must be applied for and the appropriate fee paid in full.

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.