Renewing an Irish passport
A passport is an internationally recognised travel document confirming your identity and nationality and you are only entitled to an Irish passport if you are an Irish citizen. This document explains how to renew your Irish passport when you have your old Irish passport. Since 30 March 2017, it is possible to do this online.
In other documents you will find information on:
- Applying for your first Irish passport
- Passports for children
- Replacing a lost or stolen passport
- Irish Passport Card
If your most recent passport expired more than 5 years ago, you should read the document on applying for your first Irish passport.
Your passport is an important legal document. At all times, you should ensure that it is kept in a secure place. Each Irish passport carries a unique identification number and you should keep a note of your number, in the event that your passport is lost or stolen.
Your Irish passport is issued by the Irish Government through the Passport Service of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade here in Ireland. Irish passports are also issued through Irish embassies and consulates throughout the world, to whom you apply if you are living abroad.
Validity of Irish passports
Irish citizens travelling to destinations outside the EU are subject to the specific passport controls and requirements of those countries. This means, for example, when travelling outside the EU, your passport may need to be valid for a certain period. The arrangements vary from one country to another, so contact the embassy of the relevant country before you travel for the most up-to-date information on these requirements.
All EU citizens have the right to enter and live in the territory of another member state of the EU for up to 3 months. You simply present a valid passport or national identity card; no other formality is required. EU countries cannot set additional conditions concerning the minimum validity or duration of the identity card or passport. Basically this means that your passport doesn't have to be valid for, say, 6 months before you are allowed enter another EU country.
A machine-readable passport is a passport with 2 typeface lines printed at the bottom of the biographical page [the photo page], which can be read by machine. When read, these lines electronically provide identical information to that provided on the biographical page.
Electronic passports (ePassports)
In October 2006 the Passport Office began issuing Irish electronic passports (ePassport). An electronic passport is the same as a normal machine-readable passport with the addition of a small integrated circuit or chip embedded in the photo page. The chip securely stores a digitised image of the photo and personal details of the passport holder as they appear on the data page of the passport, which allows the use of facial recognition technology at border controls.
You can renew your passport at any time. If you apply for a new passport before your current one has expired, your new passport will run from when you apply.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides a Passport Reminder Service which sends you a reminder by email 3 months before your passport is due to expire. You must register for this service.
Change of name
If you want to change the name on your passport, for example, if you have married, you have to renew your passport.
You must be an Irish citizen in order to be eligible for an Irish passport.
You have a right to apply for a passport if you are aged 18 years or over. If you are under 18, you will need the consent of both parents or guardian(s) in writing in order to get your own passport - see our document on passports for children.
Name on passport
Titles such as Mr, Mrs, Ms, Dr, Rev., Sir, Lord, Lady are not entered on Irish passports.
If the name on your passport will not be exactly the same as the name on your birth certificate, you can indicate on the application form that you also want your birth certificate name noted on the passport. This can help to avoid difficulties if you apply for a visa or work permit abroad.
If you are applying online, you will need to provide a digital photo. There are 3 ways to do this – see these detailed photo guidelines on dfa.ie.
For each paper application, 4 recent identical photographs of the passport holder must be included. Two of these should be signed on the back by the person who witnesses the application. The witness should also write the form number shown in Section 9 of the application form on those 2 photographs. If you are applying in Ireland the witness must be a member of the Garda Síochána.
If you are applying abroad, suitable categories of witness are listed on the application form. The witness should enter their daytime contact number on the application form as this may need to be verified by the Passport Office or Mission.
The fees when applying for an Irish passport online are:
- Standard 34-page 10-year passport: €80
- Large 66-page 10-year passport: €110
- Passport card: €35
- Standard passport plus passport card: €105
- Large passport plus passport card: €135
The fees when applying for an Irish passport using An Post's Passport Express (see below) or through an embassy or consulate are:
- Standard 10-year 34-page passport (aged 18 and over): €80
- Large 10-year 66-page passport (aged 18 and over): €110
These fees do not include the charge for using the Passport Express service.
When applying in person at a Passport Office the fees are:
- Standard 10-year, 34-page passport (aged 18 and over): €95
- Large 10-year 66-page passport (aged 18 and over): €125
Emergency charge: There is an additional charge of €70 if you require your adult passport urgently (within 3 to 5 working days).
If you use An Post's Passport Express service there will be an additional charge of €9.50 per application, payable to An Post. An Post also offers a 'Family Application' option whereby up to 4 passport applications may be enclosed in one envelope. The additional charge for a Family Application is €16. The additional charge includes postage to and from the Passport Service.
The Passport Express service is also available through UK Post Office branches in Northern Ireland (pdf).
When applying for a passport through your 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.
How to pay
If you are renewing online you will need a debit card or credit card.
If you are not renewing online, you can pay for your Irish passport through Passport Express or at a Passport Office public counter if you are living in Ireland. If you are using An Post's Passport Express service, you should pay the passport application fees and the extra Passport Express fee directly to An Post.
If you are living abroad, you can pay by post or at your nearest Irish embassy or consulate abroad.
How to apply
You can renew an Irish passport online, following the step-by-step instructions provided.
If you are living in Ireland, you can apply using Passport Express or in person at a Passport Office. If you are living abroad you can apply in person or using ordinary or registered post to your nearest Irish embassy or consulate.
If you are an Irish citizen living in the State, you should fill out form APS 1. You will find these forms at Garda stations and at any Post Office.
If you are an Irish citizen 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 available through certain UK Post Office branches in Northern Ireland (pdf).
It is not currently possible to download the application form.
When you get the form, you should read the detailed notes provided with it, to help you complete your application correctly. The application form must be signed by an official witness who can confirm your identity and the details you have given.
If you are renewing your Irish passport online, you will need to provide a digital photo of yourself - see these detailed photo guidelines on dfa.ie.
In all paper applications to renew your Irish passport, as well as the completed application form, you must submit:
- Four photographs, 2 of which must be signed by a witness as per instructions provided with the application form
- Your current or most recent passport. If your current passport is valid for less than 6 more months, a copy of the passport will be accepted. (If you are renewing your passport and making no changes, you need only submit your most recent Irish passport)
- The appropriate fee
If you are renewing a child’s passport which has been issued since January 2005, you may not need to submit the child's birth certificate. Find out more in our document on passports for children.
If you want to change the name on your passport to your married or civil partnership name you must submit your civil marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate.
If your previous passport was issued in your married name and you want your new passport issued in your maiden name you must submit your birth certificate and your judicial separation court order, your separation agreement or your divorce decree. Otherwise, you will need to submit 2 official documents that show you've been using your maiden name for 2 years.
If the name you are known by is different from the name on your most recent passport and it is not due to marriage, civil partnership or adoption, you will have to submit documentary evidence that you have been continually using the name for at least 2 years. If the name you are known by is the Irish version of your name but you do not have proof of 2 years’ usage, proof of at least 6 months’ usage may be accepted. If the proof of 6 months’ usage is accepted, the English version of your name will also be noted on the passport. Examples of documentation showing proof of usage include a driving licence, bank statements, insurance, tax and social welfare documents. You should include at least 2 examples with your application.
If your documents are not in English you must also supply a certified English version, translated by a registered translator.
Processing times for Irish passports
The Passport Service strongly recommends that you apply for your passport at least 6 weeks prior to your travel date.
Applying through the Passport Express service ensures that properly completed renewal applications will be processed in 15 working days. This period may be extended at certain times of the year due to increased application numbers. Check the Passport Service website for current processing time information.
If you are due to travel in less than 3 weeks you should apply in person to a Passport Office. To apply in person at a Passport Office, you should book an appointment online.
If you require a passport urgently, you should contact the Passport Service.
If living abroad, in general you should allow at least 6-8 weeks for the processing of your passport via your local embassy or consulate.
Tracking the progress of your passport application
The Passport Service provides a Passport Tracking Service. This service allows you to check the status of your application online. In order to do this, you must have the application number from your form (available in the top left-hand corner of the form) to do this.
Pilot Rapid Renewal Service
A Pilot Rapid Renewal Service has been introduced in the Dublin Passport Office for adults and children who are renewing their passport and who are travelling in less than 3 working days. You can make an appointment for the Rapid Renewal Service at passportappointments.ie.
Emergency travel documents
In cases of genuine emergency, the duty officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can issue an emergency travel document of limited validity. Examples of such emergencies are:
- Situations of substantial distress such as the deaths or funerals of immediate family members abroad
- Urgent medical attention abroad
It is not possible for an emergency travel document to issue to minors (except in extremely limited circumstances), to first time applicants or in cases that do not involve a medical emergency or family bereavement.
There is a charge of €110 for this out-of-hours emergency service.
Emergency travel documents may also be issued by Irish embassies or consulates, to replace a passport that is lost or stolen abroad.
Signing the passport
When you receive your passport, you should sign it. In the case of a child’s passport, the child should sign it. If the child is not able to sign their name, it should be left blank.
Where to apply
If applying from within the State, you can renew your Irish passport online or use Passport Express. If you are using Passport Express, you can hand in your application at your nearest Service Plus Post Office. Applying in person at a Passport Office should only be done by those who have immediate travel plans or a necessity to travel for reasons of family emergency.
If applying from outside the State, you can renew your Irish passport online or send a completed application to the nearest Irish embassy or consulate, or hand it in at the nearest participating Northern Ireland Post Office if using Passport Express.
You can order birth, marriage, civil partnership and adoption certificates online from the HSE.