How to apply for an Irish Passport
Irish citizens who are resident in
- Northern Ireland,
- Great Britain,
- the European Union,
can apply for a first-time passport and/or renewal using the online passport service.
For Irish passport renewals, all Irish citizens, regardless of their country of residence, can renew their passport book, renew their passport card, or apply for their first passport card online using the passport online service.
Irish citizens who are applying for a passport for the first time and who are not resident in the above countries should contact their nearest Irish embassy or consulate for a passport application form.
Irish citizens residing in the Republic or North of Ireland who do not wish to use the online passport service can submit their application via the passport express service. This service is available through post offices in the Republic of Ireland and over 70 post offices in Northern Ireland.
The online passport renewal service is the fastest and cheapest method of applying for and renewing an Irish passport when a person is eligible to use this service. It is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Applicants residing in Ireland may also make an appointment to attend the public counter at the passport offices located in Dublin or Cork city. This is an appointment-based service only, with limited daily appointments.
Irish citizens are required to apply for an Irish passport in the country in which they reside. So, if a person is in Ireland for example on holiday, they cannot apply for an Irish passport unless they are ordinarily resident in Ireland.