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Check if your application requires additional documents

You want to:

Renew adult passport

Less than 12 months’ validity or expired less than 5 years ago

  • No additional documents required.

More than 12 months’ validity remaining

  • Post your current passport with your application.

Expired less than 5 years ago and issued before Jan 1 2005

Submit the:

Been lost or stolen with more than 12 months’ validity

Been lost or stolen and expired more than 5 years ago

Been damaged with more than 12 months' validity remaining

Been damaged and expired more than 5 years ago

A different name

Marriage or Civil Partnership

Submit your:

  • Original marriage or civil partnership certificate

Divorce or Separation

Submit your:

  • Original birth certificate
  • Original civil marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate
  • Divorce or separation papers that are certified by solicitors or courts

If you cannot supply marriage, divorce or separation certificates, you will need to submit 2 documents demonstrating proof of usage of your new name. See accepted examples of proof of usage.

 

Gender Change

If you are eligible for an Irish Gender Recognition Certificate, provide:

The Cover Page that you can print at the end of the online application process

Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC)

If you are not eligible for an Irish Gender Recognition Certificate, provide:

  • The Cover Page that you can print at the end of the online application process
  • A Statutory Declaration stating that the applicant has an intention of living in the new gender for the rest of his or her life
  • 2 documents demonstrating proof of usage of your new name. See accepted examples of proof of usage.

The Department of Social Protection issue Gender Recognition Certificates.

If you reside outside Ireland or if your personal circumstances fall outside the above categories, contact the Passport Service.

Get a first adult passport

In Ireland or Northern Ireland before 1 January 2005

Submit:

  • Full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Civil marriage certificate if applying for a passport in your married name.
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of name
  • If resident outside of Ireland:
  • Original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card or a certified copy of your driver’s license (certified by a solicitor or notary public)

Abroad to a parent born in Ireland or Northern Ireland

Submit your:

  • Full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Civil marriage certificate (if requesting passport in your married name).
  • Irish born parent’s full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Irish born parent’s civil marriage certificate (if married).
  • Proof of address
  • Copy of your Public Services Card if resident in Ireland.
  • If resident outside of Ireland submit:
    • Original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card or a certified (by solicitor) copy of your driver’s license.
    • Proof of name

Abroad and adopted by an Irish citizen under Irish Law

Submit:

  • Your Inter-Country Adoption Certificate.
  • Civil marriage certificate if applying in the married name.
  • Proof of Irish citizenship of adoptive parent at time of adoption, for example, Irish passport.
  • Proof of address
  • Copy of your Public Services Card if resident in Ireland
  • If resident outside of Ireland submit:
    • Original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card or a certified copy of your driver’s license (certified by a solicitor or notary public)
    • Proof of name

In Ireland and adopted by an Irish citizen under Irish Law

Submit:

  • Your adoption certificate.
  • Civil marriage certificate (if applying in the married name).
  • Proof of Irish citizenship of adoptive parent at time of adoption, for example, Irish passport.
  • Proof of address
  • Copy of your Public Services Card if resident in Ireland
  • If resident outside of Ireland submit:
    • Original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card or a certified copy of your driver’s license (certified by a solicitor or notary public)
    • Proof of name

Submit:

  • Full civil birth certificate, (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Civil marriage certificate if applying in your married name.
  • Naturalisation Certificate.
  • Proof of address.
  • Original of passport from country of birth (if available).
  • Copy of your Public Services Card if resident in Ireland

Submit:

  • Foreign Birth Registration certificate
  • Your Full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your Civil marriage certificate (if requesting the passport in your married name).
  • Proof of address.
  • Copy of your Public Services Card if resident in Ireland
  • If resident outside of Ireland submit:
    • Original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card or a certified (by a solicitor or notary public) copy of your driver’s license
    • Proof of name

You have obtained

Submit:

  • Your full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Civil marriage certificate (if applying in the married name).
  • Post Nuptial Citizenship Certificate. The Department of Justice will check the validity this certificate.
  • Copy of Public Services Card if resident in Ireland.
  • Proof of address
  • If resident outside of Ireland submit:
    • Original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card or a certified copy of your driver’s license (certified by a solicitor or notary public)
    • Proof of name

Submit:

  • Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) as issued by the Department of Social Protection
  • Birth certificate as re-issued after gender recognition
  • Civil marriage certificate if applying for a passport in your married name
  • A copy of your Public Services Card if resident in Ireland
  • Proof of address
  • If resident outside of Ireland submit:
    • Original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card or a certified copy of your driver’s license (certified by a solicitor or notary public).
    • Proof of name

Get a second business passport

  • Current personal passport (or photocopy of all pages)
  • Current second/business passport, if applicable
  • Letter from your HR department demonstrating business case for second passport
  • Evidence that supports the need for a second passport. Examples:
    • visa stamps in current passport
    • travel itineraries
    • company registration certificate

Apply for a second business passport

Get a child's passport

Passport applications for children under the age of 18 need the consent of all guardians. A married child does not need consent of all guardians.

If your child has more than two legal guardians or your family circumstances are different, contact the Passport Service for help. For example, conferred guardianship on an individual through a will and testament.

Online applications

Guardians must fill in and sign the Child Passport Identity and Consent Form in the presence of a suitable witness.

Paper applications

Guardians must fill in and sign Section 7 of the passport application form in the presence of a suitable witness. See acceptable witnesses.

Child has one guardian

Submit:

Child has two guardians and one is unavailable or unwilling to provide consent

Submit:

  • A court order dispensing with the consent of the unavailable or unwilling guardian
  • Consent for children

Depending on your family circumstances we may need to supply extra documents. Examples are outlined below.

You want to:

Renew child passport

Less than 6 months remaining or expired less than 5 years ago

  • You will need your current or most recent passport when completing the application online.
  • No other documents are needed to support the application.

More than 6 months’ validity remaining

  • Submit your current passport with your application.

Expired more than 5 years ago

Submit:

Been lost or stolen and had less than 6 months’ validity

Been lost or stolen with more than 6 months’ validity

Been damaged with less than 6 month’s validity

Been damaged more than 6 months’ validity

Different name

A different name following re-registration of birth certificate

Submit:

  • Child's re-registered birth certificate

A different name where birth certificate has not been re-registered

Submit:

  • Child's original birth certificate
  • 2 years proof of usage of the new name.

Irish version of name

  • We accept 6 months proof of usage if you have a preference for the Irish version of your child’s name.
  • We will note the English version on page 3 of your child's passport.

Accepted examples of proof of usage for a child:

  • School reports
  • Letter from family GP
  • Certified copy of the child's medical card

Child first time application

Depending on your circumstances you may need to supply extra documents.

Submit

  • The extra documents described below with your child’s passport application (if applicable).
  • Guardianship documents (if applicable).
  • Witnessed photos.

In Ireland or Northern Ireland before 1 January 2005

Submit

  • Child’s civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).

Abroad to a parent born in Ireland or Northern Ireland

Submit

  • Child’s full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Parent's full civil birth certificate.
  • Parent's civil marriage certificate (if applicable).

In Ireland or Northern Ireland on or after 1 January 2005

Submit

  • Your child’s civil birth certificate.
  • Proof of parent’s citizenship.

We need proof of parent’s citizenship to determine citizenship entitlements of the child.

Parent

An Irish Citizen

Submit proof of parent’s Irish citizenship at time of applicant’s birth, for example:

  • Parent’s original Irish birth certificate or passport.

If claiming through parent that is naturalised or through post nuptial certificate, the parent must have been an Irish citizen before the child was born.

Is a British citizen

Submit:

  • Parent’s British passport. The citizenship section should state British Citizen, not British Subject or
  • Parent’s original long form civil birth certificate if parent was born in the UK before 01/01/1983

Is a European Union/ European Economic Area/ Swiss citizen

Submit:

  • Parent’s EU passport or national identity document.
  • Declaration Form A/B (sworn statement of residency).
  • Parent’s proof of residency, for example:
    • P60s
    • Tax documents
    • Statement from Department of Social Protection supporting claim of residing in Ireland for three of the four years before the birth of the child.

If P60’s do not have full 52 weeks, the period not covered must have documentary evidence such as:

  • bills
  • bank statements
  • communication with government departments

See information about Residency.

Is a non EU citizen

  • Parent’s original passport with permission stamps to reside in Ireland and/or parent’s GNIB card.
  • Letters from the Department of Justice sanctioning permission to remain in the State.
  • A Summary statement, signed by parent of parent’s ‘permission to remain’ stamps in the passport. The summary should include:
    • Number of the passport.
    • Name of passport holder.
    • Description of the stamp(s).
    • Dates of the permission.

See information about Residency.

Refugee status

  • Letter from Department of Justice granting refugee status.
  • Parent's GNIB card.
  • Parent's travel document.

Born abroad and adopted by Irish citizen under Irish Law

Submit:

  • Inter-Country Adoption Certificate.
  • Proof of citizenship of Irish adoptive parent, for example:
    • original passport or original birth certificate.

Child with a grandparent born in Ireland or Northern Ireland

Submit:

Naturalised Irish citizen

Submit:

  • Child’s full civil birth certificate (version that includes the name(s) of the parent(s).
  • Your child’s Naturalisation Certificate.
  • If born outside Ireland, passport from country of birth.

Residency

If applicant’s parent was legally resident in Ireland for an aggregate of 3 of the 4 years immediately before applicant’s birth then applicant may be an Irish citizen, even if the parents are not.

Certain categories of parent’s residence are not reckonable for citizenship purposes of the child:

  • This includes residency for study-related or training-related purposes.
  • Temporary permissions granted to parents while applying for asylum are non-reckonable.
  • Periods of unlawful residence of parents are non-reckonable.

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service provides an outline the passport stamps indicating reckonable residency.

Observation Request

A passport will generally issue in the name of the applicant as it appears on their birth certificate. Where an applicant has changed their name (for example, following marriage or civil partnership) and wishes to apply for a passport in their new name, they may still wish for their birth certificate name to be noted on their passport. In cases such as these, the birth certificate name can put as an observation on page 3 of the passport book.

If you wish to record your birth certificate name as an observation on your new passport book, and it has not been recorded as an observation on a previous passport book, you must include your original birth certificate with your application.

If you want, we can include your previous passport number as an observation.

In the vast majority of cases it is not necessary to include an observation on your passport.

It is not possible to have observations noted on passport cards.

Applying online

  • Select the option during the online application process to have an observation noted on your new passport.

Apply with paper application form

  • See section 2 B of the form.

All Applications

  • Any additional documents that we ask for must date back at least two years from the date you make your application.
  • We accept internet printouts that are stamped by issuing authority.
  • Certified translations are required if documents are not in English or Irish.
  • Proof of name and proof of address cannot be covered by the same document.

Accepted examples of proof of address:

  • Original utility bills
  • Bank statements
  • Government correspondence

Accepted examples of proof of name:

  • Original utility bills
  • Bank statements
  • Government correspondence

Accepted examples of proof of usage:

  • Photo ID document
  • Pay slips
  • Utility bills
  • Government correspondence
  • Copy of valid Public Services Card issued in your new name can be considered as one document showing proof of usage, even if the card was issued less than 2 years ago.
  • Name change through deed poll is not sufficient or necessary but may be accepted as supplementary proof of usage.

We do not accept:

  • Photocopies
  • Short-form birth certificates
  • Laminated certificates