It is not possible to include your children on your passport when you apply for a new passport. Since October 2004 all children, regardless of age, must obtain an individual Irish passport in their own name. However, parents' passports issued before October 2004 on which children have been included remain valid and do not need to be replaced.
Children who are included on a parent’s passport issued before October 2004 may continue to travel to some countries up to their 16th birthday along with that parent provided the passport is still valid. There are, however, an increasing number of exceptions. These include some European countries and the US. Since October 2004, anyone, irrespective of age, requires an individual passport for entry into the United States.
The Passport Office recommends that parents obtain individual passports for their children. If you are in any doubt, check with the embassy or consulate of the country concerned before you travel.
There are two types of passports for children. Three year passports are available for children under 3, and five year passports are available for children aged between 3-17 years.
An application for a passport for a child, is made on form APS 1 (pdf), if living in the State, or form APS 2 (pdf), if living in Northern Ireland or abroad and the child's full birth certificate, showing the names of his/her parents, must be submitted with it. The application form includes a section for parental consent which must be signed. What additional documentation needs to accompany the application depends on a number of factors including when and where the child was born.
Every application for a passport for a child under 18 years, including renewals, must be accompanied by both the child's full birth certificate and the child's old passport. Once a child reaches 18 years of age this requirement no longer applies when renewing their passport.
Application is made on form APS 1 or APS 2, as appropriate.
If you are or were married to the other parent of your child, and the other parent is still alive, or if you are a joint guardian of the child, both parents/guardians must sign the parental consent section (Section 7) of the passport application form. If you are not in touch with your child's other parent/guardian, or if that parent/guardian refuses to give consent, you can apply to the District Court for a court order, which will allow the Passport Office to issue the passport without that consent.
The situation is different if you are the sole guardian of a child. This can happen if you are a single mother and the father has not arranged to become a joint guardian. It also happens if the other parent/guardian is deceased. If the father's name is on the child's birth certificate and he is willing to sign, both of you can sign the parental consent section. Alternatively, instead of the father signing the parental consent section, you will have to provide an affidavit (AFF 1) stating that you are the sole guardian. If the other parent/guardian is deceased, you will also have to provide a death certificate. If a death certificate is not yet available as the coroner has to hold an inquest into the death, you should provide an Interim Certificate of the Fact of Death which is issued by the coroner.
The application for a passport must be accompanied by the child's full birth certificate (and the child's old passport, if issued).
Where your child was born on or after 1 January 2005 on the island of Ireland, your child's entitlement to a passport is determined by your or the other parent's citizenship, or by your or the other parent's residence history prior to the birth. Therefore, in addition to the child's full birth certificate, other documentation must be supplied with the application as evidence of this citizenship or residency.
Where a parent is an Irish citizen, or is entitled to be, the full birth certificate or passport of that parent must be provided.
Where a parent is a British citizen, that parent's passport is required.
Where a parent is a national of an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland, the parent must have resided in the island of Ireland for a total of three or more years during the four years immediately before the birth. That parent's passport, or national identity card, and Declaration Form A (pdf) must be provided. (Declaration Form B (pdf) is used by a guardian, or somone acting in loco parentis, where the parent is unable to make the declaration.)
Where a parent is not a national of an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland, the parent must have been lawfully resident in the island of Ireland for a total of three or more years during the four years immediately before the birth. (This does not include periods awaiting a decision on refugee status or residency granted specifically for the purpose of study.) The following must be provided:
Where a parent has been granted refugee status prior to the birth, there is no three year residency requirement. The following must be provided:
Where a parent has permission to reside in Northern Ireland without any time restriction and that parent is not a national of an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland, a certificate of nationality in respect of the child must first be obtained from the Department of Justice and Equality. The certificate and that parent's passport must be provided.
To obtain a certificate of nationality, that parent must complete Declaration Form C (pdf) which can be obtained from the Department of Justice and Equality. (Declaration Form D (pdf) is used by a guardian, or somone acting in loco parentis, where the parent is unable to make the declaration.)
If your child was born abroad and you were born in the island of Ireland, your child's full birth certificate, your full birth certificate and your marriage certificate (if applicable) must be provided.
If neither you or your child's other parent were born in Ireland, then the child's certificate of entry in the Foreign Births Register, which was issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the child's birth certificate must be supplied.
If you are an Irish citizen and your child was born abroad and adopted under Irish law, the certificate of entry in the Irish Adoption Authority's Register of Foreign Adoptions as well as your passport or birth certificate is required.
From 11 April 2011 the fees when applying for a child's Irish passport using An Post's Passport Express (see below) or through an embassy or consulate are:
When applying in person at a Passport Office or by ordinary or registered post the fees are:
5-year passport (children aged 3-17 years): €41.50
If you use An Post's Passport Express service, which aims to provide your passport within 10 working days, there will be an additional charge of €9 per application. An Post also offers a 'Family Application' option whereby up to 4 passport applications for a family may be enclosed in one envelope. The additional charge for a Family Application is €15.50. The additional charge includes postage to/from the Passport Office. The Passport Express service through UK Post Office branches in Northern Ireland (pdf) costs £6. The period it takes to process applications may be extended at certain times of the year due to increased application numbers. Check the Passport Office website for current processing time information.
If you require a passport ugently, you should contact the Passport Service. Applications in Ireland with proof of travel (e.g. airline tickets) are guaranteed to be processed within 3 working days. There is an extra charge for the urgent service - €30 for a child.
In cases of genuine emergency, the duty officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can issue an emergency passport that is valid for a limited amount of time. There is a charge for this out-of-hours emergency service - €55 for a child. An application for a regular passport will have to be made subsequently.
If you are applying for a passport through an Irish embassy or consulate, there may be additional administrative costs or handling charges depending on where you live. Check this in advance with the Irish embassy or consulate in the country in which you are living.
It is not possible to apply for an Irish passport online. It is also not currently possible to download the application forms you need to complete.
If you are living in the State, you should fill out form APS 1 which is available from every Garda station and at any Post Office that displays the "Service Plus" logo.
If you are living in Northern Ireland or outside Ireland, you should fill out form APS 2. You can get the application form from the Irish embassy or consulate in the country where you live (or the closest embassy or consulate). The Passport Express service including forms is now available through certain UK Post Office branches in Northern Ireland (pdf).
When you get the form, you should read the detailed notes provided with it, to help you complete your application correctly.
In all cases, you will need to return the appropriate application form with the appropriate fee as well as:
Further information on how and where to apply is available in our document Applying for an Irish passport.
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