Irish passport card

Introduction

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has introduced a credit-card sized Irish passport card which you can use for travel within the European Union/European Economic Area (includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland. For all other travel you must use your passport book, that is, your normal passport.

The card has a maximum validity of 5 years. You apply for the card online.

Rules

You must be aged 18 or over when applying for the passport card. You must hold a valid Irish passport with at least 3 months' validity. The personal details you provide when applying must be exactly the same as those on your passport book.

The card is valid for a maximum of 5 years or the remaining validity of your passport.

If you intend travelling using your passport card, 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 indicate the loss, theft or damage of your card on the relevant section of the online application form when reapplying for a new card.

If you are not reapplying for a new card you should notify the Passport Service of the loss or theft by completing the contact form.

Rates

The passport card costs €35. For applicants from outside Ireland, there is an additional delivery cost of €5. Payment is made using a debit 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 debit 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: 4 April 2017