How do I: get a passport?
All you need to know to get a passport as an Irish citizen
A passport is one of the most important and necessary legal documents. A passport allows you to access international borders with documentation of your whereabouts in the world. Every country has different immigration policies, but the Irish passport allows you to verify your identity and is internationally recognized. So, where do you begin the process in obtaining one of these important documents? We have you covered, follow rules and guidelines and you'll be traveling internationally soon enough.
EU Passport Card
If you’re interested in an easier and smaller form of identification that has similar benefits as the passport, a passport card can be purchased for €35. The passport card allows you to travel anywhere in the EU/EAA and Switzerland. You can apply if you’re an Irish citizen over the age of 18 with a valid passport and applications can be done online here.
A few rules to be aware of:
- You must be an Irish citizen to apply for an Irish passport.
- You will need to verify your identity through a birth certificate or other forms of identification (bring at least 2 documents).
- You must provide proof of use of name (bank statement, etc.)
- Must provide proof of address, for documents showing this go to this article (link how to open bank account)
- You are allowed to apply for a passport if you are 18 years or old. If you are not 18, both parents must consent, in writing, to have your own passport.
- Certain restrictions may be applied if you have changed your name in recent years and you will need to seek more information when this applies.
- A witness must sign two passport photographs during the application and they must also be a member of the Garda Siochana.
IMPORTANT: If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you must supply a photocopy of your Public Services Card for identification. This rule also applies to anyone who is renewing a passport that was issued before January 2005, or if it has been reported lost or stolen.
Types of passports:
There are 2 main type of passports that can be issued to a citizen. A machine-readable passport allows a machine to verify your identity when traveling abroad. An electronic passport (ePassport), is similar to a machine-readable passport, but can be accessed electronically and has a chip embedded into it for security.
To Apply: You must be aware that applying for a passport can not be done online because a witness must sign for it.
- If you are an Irish citizen living in the state, you can find applications at Garda stations or at any Post Office with the “Service Plus” logo. Be sure to fill out the APS 1 form and complete the application after reading the instructions carefully. Return this form and pay at the nearest Service Plus Post Office.
- If you are an Irish citizen living in Northern Ireland or outside of Ireland, you will need to locate the closest embassy or consulate. Then, you must fill out the APS 2 form and complete the application after reading the instructions carefully. Return the completed form to the nearest Irish embassy or consulate, or the nearest participating Northern Ireland Post Office (if using Passport Express).