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The Irish Passport
Your Irish passport functions as official identification issued by the Irish government. Your Irish passport is needed to travel to and from Ireland, as well as to enter and exit any other country.
The Irish passport has been ranked third in the world by the 2024 Passport Index, and Irish citizens can travel visa-free to 176 countries worldwide.

Irish dual citizenship and the Irish passport
Ireland permits dual citizenship; meaning you can be an Irish citizen without relinquishing your current citizenship status. 
Furthermore, as a member of the EU, being an Irish citizen means free movement within the EU, to work, study and to live. It also means access to medical and healthcare throughout the EU, and the opportunity to attend universities and institutions within the EU.

It also grants consular and diplomatic protection. As an Irish citizen, if you travel to a country where there is no Irish consulate or embassy, you can request assistance from any of the EU member states, and they are legally required to provide assistance.

Obtaining an Irish Passport
To be able to apply for an Irish passport, you first need to be an Irish citizen. You can become an Irish citizen through descent and naturalization. For information on how to acquire Irish citizenship see here.
Once you become an Irish citizen, and have received a citizenship certificate, you have the right to apply for an Irish passport.

Applying for a passport in Ireland
If you live in Ireland, and have a MyGovID account, you can access the Passport Online service. Alternatively, you can apply by post, via Post Passport.
In order to apply you must complete the APS 1 form. The form is not available online, but you can find it either at the post office or Garda (police) stations. In addition to the APS 1 form, you will need to submit four photographs (two witnessed), as well as the documentation which be outlined.

Applying for a passport if you live in the U.S. or abroad
If you live in the U.S. or outside of Ireland, to apply for your first Irish passport you must use the Passport Online service. All applications are all submitted online, and you can access the online passport portal which is available 24/7.
Once you submit your application online, you will need to print and send original documents to the passport service.
If you reside in the U.S., or abroad, and neither passport online nor post passport or are available, you can make your application for an Irish passport in person or using ordinary or registered post to your nearest Irish embassy or consulate. Please note that the application form cannot be downloaded, you must get it from your nearest Irish embassy or consulate.

Sending documentation
Once you submit the online application, you will need to print an application cover page, which will state the documents you need to send, and also list the passport service address where to send your documents.
If you are applying from the U.S. or abroad, you should use a postal service. In the event that local postal services are not available, you can submit your documents to the Irish embassy nearest to you.

Documents for first-time passport applications (for adults)

  • A copy of your birth certificate (original);
  • Your marriage certificate (containing any details of changed name once married);
  • Proof of address (e.g. utility bill, bank statement, official government letter);
  • Proof of name (e.g. official government letter, utility bill, bank statement);
  • An original government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport or driver’s license, certified copy);
  • A digital photograph;
  • A witnessed Identity Verification Form.

For details regarding documents needed for first-time passport applications see government guidelines here.

Renewing Your Passport
Adults are able to submit an application for the renewal of a passport if it will expire within 12 months or less. In order to renew, you will use the same Passport Online portal. You will need to provide a more recent digital photograph, as well as submit your old passport, and an email address. The same documents as outlined above are needed.

Urgent renewals
The counter service in the passport office is for people who need to renew their passports urgently. This provision is not available for first-time applicants, as your Irish citizenship must be established through verification of your documents.
If you require an urgent renewal of your passport, there is an in-person urgent appointment service which is available at the Mount St, Dublin office, the Cork office and also the office in London. Appointments can be booked 3 weeks in advance.

Irish Passports for Minors
Irish passport applications for minors (children under 18) can also be made via Passport Online, like their adult counterparts. The following documentation will need to be submitted:

  • A digital photograph (f the same requirements apply as for an adult application);
  • An Identity and consent form signed by the child’s parents/guardians.

There will be additional supporting documents needed, depending on factors such as: if the child was born in Ireland or abroad, the citizenship of parent/guardian. It is advised to refer to the specific guidelines which can be found here.

Renewals
In terms of renewals, you can apply for a renewal if you child’s passport is due to expire in the next 6 months. You will need to submit:

  • A witnessed child passport identity and consent form;
  • Additional documents relating to your child’s guardianship may be required, you can find out more in the Consent for Children section of government guidelines.

Validity of an Irish passport
In respect of adults, an Irish passport is valid for 10 years.
For minors, Irish passports are valid for 5 years.

Processing Times- First time applicants
If you are applying via the online service for your passport for the first time, it takes an estimate of 20 working days to receive your passport.
If you are a first-time applicant who is applying through the Post Passport (paper application), it will take about 8 weeks.
In respect of passport card applications, the time period is between 3-5 working days.

Renewals
If you are an adult or minor who has applied for a passport renewal, on average it takes 10 to 15 working days to receive your passport.
In respect of passport card applications, the time period is between 3-5 working days.
For more information regarding processing times, and for updates, see the official government guidance here.

Checking the status of your Irish passport
Once you submit your passport application, you will be given an 11-digit reference number. You can then track the status of your passport application on the passport tracking service.

Receiving your passport
Your passport and supporting documentation will be returned directly to you. If you live in Ireland, you will receive your passport by express post, and you are not required to sign for it.
If it is a child’s passport, the child should sign it. If the child cannot sign their name, leave it blank.
If you live in the U.S. or abroad, you will receive your passport by registered post, and you will be required to sign for it on delivery.
In the event that there is no postal service available, your passport can be delivered to the nearest Irish embassy or consulate. If you have paid the €15 delivery fee, there will be no additional cost.
If you need more information, you can contact the Customer Service Hub.

Cost and fees of an Irish passport
The application cost for an Irish passport depends on where and how you apply, but the standard fees for online applications (done via Passport Online) are: for adults, the fee for a standard passport is €75. For minors (children under 18), the cost is €20.
Applications sent through Post Passport (An Post) are: €80 for adults, and €30 for children.
If you are applying from outside of Ireland, an additional €15 will be required for the postal fee.
For more information regarding passport fees see here.

If your passport is lost or stolen
If your passport is lost or stolen, you can contact your nearest Irish embassy or consulate for assistance. It is also advised that you inform the Gardai. You will need to make another application (stating in it that your passport has been lost or stolen), either online or by post, in accordance with guidelines discussed.

If you have any further questions about applying for an Irish passport, or would like more information on applying for Irish citizenship,  you can contact us directly and one of our friendly experts will be in touch to answer your queries.

 

 

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