How to get an Irish passport
How to Obtain an Irish Passport
If you want to apply for a passport in Ireland, you must be a be an Irish citizen who's 18 years or older. You can gain citizenship in a few ways. Once you do, begin the passport application process by picking up a passport application form and gathering your documents. You'll also need passport photos, which you can take yourself or have a professional take. Finally, you'll complete the form, turn it it, and wait for your passport to be mailed to you.
Determining Ways to Obtain Citizenship
Have Irish parents.The easiest way to be an Irish citizen is to have Irish parents and be born on Irish soil. You also have a right to citizenship if you were born after January 1, 2005 in Ireland to British parents.
- Similarly, if your parents are natural-born Irish citizens and you were born in another country, you are still granted citizenship. You will need to register your birth in the Foreign Birth Register to gain citizenship.
- You are also granted citizenship if you were adopted from another country. Your birth will need to be registered in the Register of Intercountry Adoptions.
- If your parents are citizens but both you and they were born outside of Ireland, you can be granted citizenship. You can also become a citizen if just your grandparents are natural-born Irish citizens, even if your parents didn't become citizens.
Be born in Ireland to refugee parents.If your parents were granted refugee status and you were born after January 1, 2005, you also have a right to citizenship. However, if you were born in Ireland to other foreign parents, you don't automatically gain citizenship.
- For you to gain citizenship, your parents must prove they have a tie to Ireland first. Usually, that means your parents lived at least 3 years in Ireland before your birth.
Become a citizen by marrying an Irish citizen.This method is one of several ways to achieve citizenship through naturalization. You must have lived with the person and been in a marriage or civil partnership for at least 3 years prior to applying.
- You must have also lived in Ireland for 3 out of the 5 last years and be a legal resident.
Gain citizenship through residence.With this method, you must have lived in Ireland for at least 5 of the last 9 years and be a legal resident. You must have at least 1 year of continuous residence directly before you apply for citizenship.
- The government measures your residence through passport immigration permission stamps, and you must have at least 1825 days of residence based on this measure.
- If you are a UK, Swiss, or EU/EEA national, you will not have immigration permission stamps. Therefore, you must use 3 other documents to prove your residency, such as a water bill, gas bill, mortgage agreement, rental agreement, payslip, doctor's note, and/or tax documents.
Beginning Your Application
Apply 6 weeks ahead of your travel plans.Processing time can take longer than expected if you're missing a document or left something off of your application. Leave plenty of time for the Passport Service to go over your paperwork and request any corrections.
- Processing time often takes 15 to 20 business days, but it may take longer if the office is hit with a bunch of applications at once.
Pick up an application at a post office, Garda station, or Passport Office.The fastest way to apply for a passport in Ireland is at a Passport Express in a post office or Garda station, though you'll pay an extra fee of about 10 euros.You can also pick up an application at a Passport Office.
- The 2 passport offices are located at 1a South Mall, Cork, Ireland and Knockmaun House, 42-47 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, D02 TN83, Ireland.
Visit an Irish consulate outside of Ireland.If you're applying for a passport in another country, you'll need to visit the local Irish consulate. The consulate will handle your passport application once you fill it out.
- Some consulates will mail you an application if you request one by calling or emailing.
Gathering the Documents
Have your birth certificate with you.Whether you've been an Irish citizen your whole life or you've recently become one, you need to bring your birth certificate with your application. If you were born abroad to an Irish parent, you'll also need to bring their birth certificate(s) with you.
Be ready with your civil marriage or civil partnership certificate.If applicable, you should also have this certificate on hand. However, you'll only need it if you've changed your surname.
Bring a photo ID for the application form witness to certify.Your ID can be your driver's license or a college ID card. It can also be a passport from another country if you're applying for citizenship in Ireland.
- The witness is the clerk at the Passport Express or Passport Office. They sign your form verifying that you are who you say you are.
Have proof of your address and name.For your name, you can bring a payslip, a social welfare receipt, or a bank statement, to name a few. To prove your address, bring a utility bill or document mailed by any Irish State Agency.
- If you don't have these items, call ahead to see what else you can bring in their place.
Provide a copy of your Public Services Card on hand.This card makes it easy to apply and use state services, and it is also required to apply for a passport. You also need it for things like getting a driver's license or learner's permit.
- You must apply for a Public Services Card in person. Call your local Social Welfare Branch office for an appointment or make an appointment at .
Bring any documents relevant to your particular passport application.Some documents are specific to particular applications. For instance, if you applied for post-nuptial citizenship, you'll also need your post-nuptial certificate.
- If you gained citizenship through foreign birth registration, you'll also need your foreign passport and foreign birth registration certificate.
- Similarly, if you gained citizenship through naturalization, you'll need your foreign passport and your naturalization certificate.
- You can check for other specific document requirements here: .
Order any documents you need online.If you don't have one of the documents you need, you can order it from the government if it was originally issued in Ireland. Go to .
- You can order birth certificates, marriage certificates, and adoption certificates, for instance. As of 2019, documents cost 20 euros each.
- It can take up to 15 days to process your request and have the document mailed to you.
Getting Passport Photos
Visit a photo provider for an accurate photo.Places like pharmacies and photography studies will take passport photos for you. You will need 4 copies of your photo if you're applying for a passport on paper.
- Typically, they'll charge you a small fee for your photo.
Take a photo using a film camera, digital camera, or smart phone.You can take the photo yourself, but you can't use a webcam, and you can't take a selfie. Have someone take the photo for you in good lighting that doesn't create shadows on your face.
- If you don't have anyone to take the photo, set the camera on surface and use the timer to take your own photo. You can't hold the camera in your hand and take a photo of yourself.
- The picture should include your face and chest. Have the photographer center your face in the middle of the photo or center it yourself if you're taking the photo. The photo will be cropped by the passport clerk.
Pick a light-colored background with no visible objects.The background should be cream, white, or light grey. It should be completely plain, without any details like doors or plants that make it stand out.
- Stand up against the wall so you don't have a shadow behind your head.
Take a clear photo that shows your facial features.Keep a neutral expression when the photo is taken. Don't smile or frown, and keep your mouth closed for the picture. Also, make sure your hair doesn't cover your eyes at all.
- You can wear glasses in the photo. However, check the photo for glare to ensure you can see your eyes clearly.
- You can't wear sunglasses or tinted glasses unless they're prescription. Also, you can't wear a hat or head covering unless it's for religious purposes.
- Keep your eyes open for the picture and look directly at the camera.
Print 4 copies your photo.When printing your photograph, make sure it's between 35 by 45 millimetres (1.4 in × 1.8 in) and 38 by 50 millimetres (1.5 in × 2.0 in). Your face should take up between 70% and 80% of the picture, so crop it if you need to.
- You can print the photo in black and white because it will be printed in black and white on your application.
- If you're printing the photo at home, make sure to use photo paper.
Working on the Application Form
Fill in the application form.You will need to fill in things like your name, address, place of birth, and type of citizenship. The application comes with instructions on how to fill it out, so read through the packet if you're having trouble understanding it.
- If you need help with the application, contact the Passport Office at +353 (0)1 671 1633 in Dublin or +353 21 494 4700 in Cork. You can also contact your local consulate if you're in another country.
Have your application witnessed by a Garda.Take the application to the Garda station, along with your photo ID. A Garda will verify that you are the person in the photos you provide. They will sign your application and the backs of 2 of your photographs.
- A Garda may request additional identification if they're not satisfied with your first form.
- If you're applying in another country, check the form for acceptable substitutes for a witness.
Bring the application back to the place you got it from.If you got it from the Post Office or a Garda station, take it back there. If you got it from your local consulate, you'll need to return it there. They will place it in a special envelope for you and mail it.
- Don't forget to bring your supporting documentation and photographs with you.
Pay the application fee by cash or debit card.The application for a standard 10-year passport is 80 euros as of 2019. For standard 5-year passport for children, the fee is 30 euros. If you need a large 10-year passport, the fee is 110 euros.
- Pay the fee when you turn your application in.
Finishing Your Application
Save the application number for later.The application number is in the upper, left-hand corner of the form. You'll need this number to refer back to if you call in to the Passport Service for any reason.Your application number will also be on the receipt the passport clerk gives you.
- Make a copy of your application and keep it in a safe place.
Track your application with your application number.Go online to . You can enter your application number in the tracking service, which will tell you what stage your passport application is in. It will also give you an estimated time to completion.
- This information is updated everyday.
Sign the passport as soon as you receive it.You will receive your passport in the mail. When you do, sign it on the signature line inside the passport. Have your child sign their own passport, even if you applied for them.
- If your child can't sign their name, leave it blank.
Video: Online Passport Application Demonstration
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