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Please be advised that this page has moved and this content is no longer being updated. Up-to-date information is now available for first time child passport applications at ireland.ie/dfa/passports/how-to-apply-for-a-passport/first-child-passport and for passport renewal applications for children at ireland.ie/dfa/passports/how-to-apply-for-a-passport/renew-child-passport.

Did you know, you can apply for your child's passport online?

Passport Online is the fastest way to apply for your or your child's passport or passport card, from anywhere in the world, on a smartphone, tablet or personal computer.

This secure and convenient service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Applications will be processed within the current processing times. If you need to submit documents, the processing time will only start when we receive them.


It is important to note that child passport applications involve some extra steps:

  • Children can no longer be included on their parents' or guardians' passports. This is intended to make international travel more secure for children. In order to travel, each child must have their own passport. 
  • For a passport to issue to a child under 18, the consent of all the child's guardians must be noted on the passport application. This applies for first time passport applications and passport renewals. See our guide to guardianship & consent for more information.
  • The signatures of the guardians granting consent must be appropriately witnessed. Our list of witnesses will tell you who can witness your child's passport application.
  • Guardian consent must be witnessed in the country you reside in.

Please note: Passports for children (under 18 years of age) are issued with a validity of 5 years.