Irish passport card

Introduction

In 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade introduced the Irish passport card. It is similar in size to a credit card. You can this passport card when traveling in the European Union, the European Economic Area (which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland. For all other travel you must use your standard Irish passport book.

Rules

You must be aged 18 or over to apply for a passport card. You must hold a valid Irish passport that is not due to expire in the next 3 months. The personal details you provide when applying for a passport card must be exactly the same as those on your passport book. The passport card is valid for 5 years or until your passport book expires, whichever period is shorter.

If you will use your passport card when travelling, you must use the passport card number when checking in online.

Lost or stolen card

If your passport card is lost, stolen or damaged, you should complete the relevant section of the online application form with this information when applying for a new passport card.

If you do not apply for a new card, you should notify the Passport Service that your card has been lost or stolen by completing the contact form.

Rates

The passport card costs €35. If you are applying from outside Ireland, there is an additional delivery cost of €5. You can pay with a debit card or credit card.

How to apply

You can apply for a passport card online.

When making the application you need:

  • Your current passport book
  • Your photograph (see the detailed guidelines on dfa.ie)
  • A valid email address
  • A debit card or credit card

Track your application

When you submit your application online, you are issued with an 11-digit application number. You can track your application’s progress on the Department’s website using the application number.

Further information

You can find more information in the Department’s list of FAQs. If you have any queries you can:

Page edited: 16 May 2018