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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the Irish Passport Card?

The Irish Passport Card is available only to Irish Citizens who are in possession of a valid Passport Book (with a minimum of 30 days validity remaining) and who are aged 18 or over.

Where can I travel on the Passport Card?

The card is valid for travel within the EU/EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland.

Do I need a Passport Book before I apply for a Passport Card?

Yes, you must be in possession of your valid Passport Book in order to apply for a Passport Card. (Note: if your Passport Book is lost or stolen you must apply for a new Passport Book before you can apply for a Passport Card).

How much will the Passport Card cost?

The fee for a Passport Card is €35. There will be an additional €5 postal fee if you reside outside Ireland.

How do I pay for my Passport Card?

Payment can be made using a Credit Card or a Debit Card. (currently Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards are accepted).

How long is the Passport Card valid for?

The Passport Card has a maximum validity of 5 years or the remaining validity of your current Passport book i.e. the Passport Card expiry date cannot exceed that of your Passport Book.

What is the current processing time?

The average processing time is 15 working days.

What if I lose my Passport Card or it is stolen?

The details of all lost or stolen Passports are reported by the Passport Service to Interpol which means they are no longer valid for travel. When reapplying for your new card you should indicate the lost, theft or damage of your Passport Card on the relevant section of the online application form. If you are not applying for a new card you should notify the passport service by completing the contact form.

When travelling on my Passport Card what number do I use to check in online?

When checking in online use the card number located at the upper right hand corner on the face of the card (for example C12345678).

I have a passport photo at home, can I use it for my Passport Card application?

Yes, if the photo has been taken in the last 6 months. You can use this photo by scanning it at a high resolution (minimum 300dpi) at full size. 

Can I take a selfie for my Passport Card photo?

We have found that the photo is more likely to meet the technical biometric requirements if it is taken by a third person as this accesses the back facing camera which is of a higher specification. Self-taken photographs are also accepted but have a higher rate of rejection as they sometimes do not meet the ICAO standard of quality.