Irish Passport Applications

You must be an Irish citizen in order to be eligible for an Irish passport.

How to apply

It is not possible to apply for your first Irish passport online. (However, you can renew your passport online.)

It is also not currently possible to download the passport application form.

If you are living in Ireland you can apply using Passport Express or in person at a Passport Office. If you are living abroad you can apply in person or using ordinary or registered post to your nearest Irish embassy or consulate.

If you are an Irish citizen living in the State, you should fill out form APS 1. You will find these forms at Garda stations and at any Post Office.

If you are an Irish citizen living in Northern Ireland or outside Ireland you should fill out form APS 2. You can get the application form from the Irish embassy or consulate in the country where you live (or the closest embassy or consulate). The Passport Express service including forms is available throughcertain UK Post Office branches in Northern Ireland (pdf).

When you get the form, you should read the detailed notes provided with it, to help you complete the application form correctly. The application form must be signed by an official witness who can confirm your identity and the details you have given.

Documentation required

In all applications for a new passport, as well as the completed application form, you must submit:

  • Four passport photographs, 2 of which must be signed by a witness as per instructions provided with the application form
  • Certified copy of photographic ID, for example, driving licence, college identification card, passport from another country (The application form witness can certify it)
  • Proof of use of name, for example, payslip, bank statement, social welfare receipts
  • Proof of address, for example, utility bill, official correspondence from an Irish State agency (internet printouts are accepted if stamped by the issuing authority)
  • Appropriate fee

All first-time applicants for an adult passport who are resident in the State have to supply a photocopy of their Public Services Card for identification purposes. This also applies to adult passport applicants whose last passport was issued prior to January 2005 and has since been reported as lost, stolen or damaged. They no longer need to supply a certified copy of photographic ID or proof of use of name. Proof of address continues to be required.

If your previous passport was issued to you when you were a child and has not yet expired (or has only recently expired), your application is considered a renewal application and not a first-time application.

Who can use the Passport Online Application?

Irish citizens can renew their Passport Book and/or Passport Card, or apply for their first Passport Card online. The Passport Online Application is available to all Irish citizens who are over 18 years, have held an Irish Passport and have not changed their name from their previous passport.

What you need to know to apply online:

  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • Your name must be the same as your previous passport

Renewing your Passport Book:

  • You must have previously held an Irish Passport which has expired less than 5 years ago
  • Your Passport Book must have less than 12 months validity remaining on it. This does not apply for applications due to lost, stolen or damaged passports books.
  • Your Passport Book number must begin with either the letter ‘P’ or ‘L’

Renewing your Passport Card or first time Passport Card:

  • You must have a valid Passport Book in order to get a Passport Card, your Passport Book must be valid for more than 3 months
  • Your Passport Card must have less than 12 months’ validity remaining. This does not apply for applications due to lost, stolen or damaged passports cards.
  • You can also use this service if your Passport Book and/or card is lost, stolen or damaged.

Important Information:

Payment is by credit/debit card only. There will be an additional €5 postal fee if you reside outside Ireland

Payments are made on a secure page using SSL transfer through the Elavon secure payment gateway – provided by Realex

Your application must comply with the Passports Act 2008

Any queries should be emailed or by calling Tel: (+353) 1 6711633

Refunds will take a minimum of 28 days to process

The Passport Office in Dublin has now moved to Knockmaun House, 42-47, Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, D02 TN83.

Type of Passport Application Current Average Turnaround Times
Online Passport Application 10 working days (2 weeks)
An Post Passport Express Renewal Applications 16 working days
An Post Passport Express First Time Application, Lost/Stolen/Damaged Replacements 24 working days
Northern Ireland Passport Express Renewal Applications 17 working days
Northern Ireland Passport Express First Time Application, Lost/Stolen/Damaged Replacements 29 working days


Copies of birth, marriage and death certificates in Ireland may be obtained from any Registrar and can also be obtained from the General Register Office.

You can download the appropriate application form here.You can also apply online for copies of certificates, including domestic adoptions and stillbirths that have been registered. 

 See Also:


– Checklist
– Importing a Vehicle