What Are the Requirements for an Irish Passport?

By Tessica Cutchin

The requirements for a passport from Ireland are typical of any type of identification. You will need the application, photographs, witness signature and fee. All of the items are required, and the request for an Irish passport can take up to four to six weeks if you are living abroad.

Application

Applications can be found in some post offices, any Garda station, most Citizens Advice Centres and libraries. Applications are also available from the Passport Offices in Dublin and Cork. Forms are also available from Irish Diplomatic and Consular Missions overseas. The forms for passport application are called APS 1 and APS 2. APS 1 is intended for those within Ireland, while those abroad must fill out APS 2. The application contains three sections: the application section, a parental consent section for those under 18 and a statement of loss section. There is an additional sole guardian affidavit form that must be submitted when a parent claims to be the sole guardian of a child seeking a passport.

Photographs

Passport seekers must provide two identical photographs that meet Passport Office requirements. The photo may not be more than 6 months old and is preferably in black and white. The smallest acceptable size is 35 mm by 45 mm and the largest is 38 mm by 50 mm. The subject in the photo should be looking straight on and the photo should be clear and against a plain white or gray background. Nothing, such as headbands or sunglasses, should be worn that might mar the picture. Only for religious reasons may be a head covering be worn. The back of each photograph should have the form number, and one should be signed by the witness who witnesses the application.

Witness Signature

A Garda Síochána must sign the witness section of the application form if you are applying in Ireland. If you are abroad, seek out one of the persons listed on the application form as an acceptable witness and have him or her sign this section and one of your photographs.

Proof of Citizenship

A proof of citizenship is required to apply and receive an Irish passport. If you were born in Ireland on or before December 31, 2004 and you are under the age of 18, you must submit the long form of your Irish State birth certificate with the names of your parents. If you are just renewing your passport and are older than 18, you only need your expired passport. If you were born on or after January 1, 2005 you must submit the long form birth certificate and also the long form birth certificate of one of your Irish parents. If you were born outside Ireland, the same requirements stand as for those born on or after January 1, 2005; it may be necessary to provide your parents' civil marriage certificate.

If your parents were not natural Irish but you can claim Irish citizenship by descent, you need your long form civil birth certificate and your Certificate of Entry in the Foreign Births Register. If you are a naturalized Irish citizen, you need your long form birth certificate and your citizenship certificate issued by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform .

If you are applying for a passport in a name other than that on your birth certificate or marriage certificate, you must produce evidence that you have changed your name or that you are commonly known by that name. In general, two examples or more showing two years proof of name usage are required.

Fee

The fees for a passport as of 2010 are Standard 10 year passport: 80 Euros Large passport, valid for 10 years (only for 18 to 64-year-olds): 110 Euros Passport for children under 3 years of age, valid for three years: 16 Euros
Passport for children aged 3 to 17 years of age, valid for five years: 26.50 Euros Passport for persons aged 65 and over, valid for 10 years: Free

About the Author

Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Tessica Cutchin, has been writing for various publications since 2006. Those publications included her university newspaper and online literary magazine. She currently writes a personal blog, which includes product reviews for Etsy.com shop proprietors. In graduate school, Cutchin received a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. She holds bachelor's degrees in English/education and a master's degree in English, both from Radford University.

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