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Replacing a lost or stolen Irish passport

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Your Irish passport is an important legal document. It is evidence of your identity and that you are a citizen of Ireland and a citizen of the European Union. Your Irish passport should always be kept in a safe place when you are at home and when travelling abroad.

If your Irish passport is lost, mislaid or stolen and you wish to obtain another, you should be aware that:

  • Any passport reported as lost or stolen is no longer a valid travel document and you should not try to travel on a passport which has been reported as lost or stolen.
  • If you have a poor passport record, (that is, you have lost two or more passports) it is likely that a limited passport facility will be given to you for specific travel purposes. On each occasion on which a new passport is issued to you, (even when the passport is being issued for a limited time) you will have to pay the full cost of this passport.

You should be aware that immigration requirements in some countries require your passport to be valid for a certain amount of time before you can enter another jurisdiction.

We are unable to include information on the passport validity requirements for any particular country in the world. Contact your air carrier/travel agent or the embassy/consulate of the country to which you are travelling, to verify this information. Remember to do this, before you travel.

Losing your Irish passport in Ireland

If you are an Irish citizen living in Ireland and you have lost your Irish passport, or it has been stolen, you must report the loss of your passport to the Passport Office immediately. You will be asked to confirm the loss in writing or if you are applying for a new passport to include the details in your application.

To apply for a new passport, you must fill out form APS 1. You must give the circumstances of the loss in Section 6 of the form. You can obtain an APS1 form from your nearest Garda Station or Post Office. This form must be witnessed/countersigned by a member of An Garda Siochana who must also sign and stamp Section 6.

You must resubmit all the supporting documents required with a normal first-time passport application to the Passport Office. These documents include the full long form birth certificate, a marriage/civil partnership certificate (if applicable) and four passport sized photographs. You can read more about how to apply for a passport in our document on applying for an Irish passport.

Losing your Irish passport abroad

If you are an Irish citizen currently living abroad, travelling or on holiday abroad and your Irish passport is lost/stolen/misplaced, you must contact your nearest Irish embassy or consulate immediately. You will be asked to confirm the loss in writing or, if you are applying for a new passport, to include the details in your passport application. (Applications for a new passport by those living in Northern Ireland or outside Ireland are made using form APS 2.) If you are currently in a country where there is no Irish representation, you may contact an embassy/consulate of another EU Member State who will contact the nearest Irish embassy on your behalf.

You must also get in touch with the local police and request a written statement that you have reported the loss of your passport. A member of the police authority in the country in which you are staying must witness this statement. You will require this to obtain an Emergency Travel Certificate (valid for one journey) or an Emergency Passport (valid for a restricted amount of time) from an Irish embassy/consulate.

Again, if you are currently in a country where there is no Irish representation, you may contact an embassy/consulate of another EU Member State. The embassy or consulate of another EU Member State cannot issue you with a replacement passport or an Emergency Travel Certificate . Instead they will get in touch with the nearest Irish embassy or consulate on your behalf, which will then get in touch with you. In some cases the embassy or consulate of another EU Member State may issue you with an EU Emergency Travel Document (ETD).

In certain circumstances, for example if you lose your passport abroad but will be returning on a single journey directly to Ireland, an Emergency Travel Certificate rather than a passport will be issued by the Irish embassy or Consulate. Emergency Travel Certificates are only valid for one journey. An Emergency Travel Certificate is not a passport; it is a document (about A5 size) that carries your photograph and a stamp from the embassy verifying your identity. Emergency Travel Certificates are generally issued very quickly (depending on the circumstances) and there is a small fee for this service (see "Rates" below).

To obtain an Emergency Travel Certificate you will require:

  • Two passport photographs
  • The police statement
  • Photographic identification if available
  • Evidence of travel plans

Most Irish Honorary Consuls do not issue passports and can only issue Emergency Travel Certificates.

If you have lost your passport and are travelling abroad on a multi-stop journey, where you will pass through more than one jurisdiction, you will require a new Irish passport. You must report the loss of your passport immediately to your nearest Irish embassy or Consulate. If there is no Irish embassy or consulate in the country where you are, contact an embassy of another EU Member State that will get in touch with the nearest Irish embassy on your behalf. An embassy of another EU Member State cannot issue you with a new Irish passport.

You will be required to get in touch with the local police and request a written statement that you have reported the loss of your passport. A member of the police authority in the country in which you are staying must witness this statement. It may be useful for you to carry a photocopy of your passport (data page) with you when travelling.

Rules

It is not possible to obtain a replacement passport if you have lost your Irish passport. Instead you must apply for a new passport as if you were applying for the first time.

An Emergency Travel Certificate only allows you to travel on a single journey from a point abroad directly back to Ireland. Emergency Travel Certificates are usually hand-written and are not machine-readable.

All Irish embassies and Honorary Irish Consuls abroad can issue Emergency Travel Certificates.

Only Irish embassies and three Honorary Irish Consuls abroad can issue Irish passports. (These Consuls are located in Hong Kong, Perth and Auckland).

Rates

The fees when applying for an Irish passport using Passport Express (see Applying for an Irish passport) or through an embassy or consulate are:

  • Standard 10-year, 32-page passport (aged 18 and over): €80
  • Large 10-year 66-page passport (aged 18 and over): €110
  • 5-year passport (children aged 3-17 years): €26.50
  • 3-year passport (children aged under 3): €16

When applying in person at a Passport Office the fees are:

  • Standard 10-year, 32-page passport (aged 18 and over): €95
  • Large 10-year 66-page passport (aged 18 and over): €125
  • 5-year passport (children aged 3-17 years): €41.50
  • 3-year passport (children aged under 3): €31

The fee for an Emergency Travel Certificate is €15.

How to apply

If you have lost your Irish passport here in Ireland, you should notify the Passport Office of the loss immediately (see "Where to apply"). If you have lost your Irish passport abroad, you should notify your nearest Irish embassy or consulate. You can read more about how to apply for a passport in our document on applying for an Irish passport.

Where To Apply

Passport Office

Frederick Buildings
Molesworth Street
Dublin 2
Ireland

Tel:+353 (0)1 671 1633
Fax:+353 (0)1 671 1092
Homepage: https://www.dfa.ie/passports-citizenship/
Email: passportdublin@dfa.ie


Passport Office

1a South Mall
Cork
Ireland

Tel:+353 21 494 4700
Homepage: https://www.dfa.ie/passports-citizenship/
Email: passportcork@dfa.ie

Page updated: 17 April 2014

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If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.