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.
The card is valid for travel within the EU/EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland.
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).
The fee for a Passport Card is €35. There will be an additional €5 postal fee if you reside outside Ireland.
Payment can be made using a Credit Card or a Debit Card. (currently Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards are accepted).
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.
The average processing time is 15 working days.
The details of all lost or stolen Passports are reported by the Passport Service to Interpol which means they are no longer valid for travel.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 checking in online use the card number located at the upper right hand corner on the face of the card (for example C12345678).
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.
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.