Passports for children

Introduction

In the past, children could be included on a parent’s Irish passport. However, since October 2004, a child (anyone under 18) must have an individual Irish passport in their own name.

Children’s passports last for 5 years. (Up to 29 March 2017, there was a 3-year passport for children aged under 3.)

Rules

First-time applications

It is not possible to apply for a child's first Irish passport online. You must apply using the APS 1 form if you live in the State, or the APS 2 form if you live in Northern Ireland or abroad. You must also submit the child's full birth certificate, showing the parents' names. The application form includes a section for guardian consent which must be signed and witnessed. The additional documents you need to send with the application depend on a number of factors, including when and where the child was born – see ‘Additional documentation for first-time applications’ below.

Renewals

Online renewals

You can renew a child’s passport online. As you need to confirm the child’s identity and get the guardians’ consent, you must also complete and return the Child Passport Identity and Consent Form to the Passport Service at the end of the process – see ‘How to apply’ below. In certain circumstances, you may need to provide additional documentation, for example, a birth certificate, or documents relating to guardianship. When you have completed the online process, you will be told if you need to provide additional documents, and what documents are needed.

You can find further information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Paper applications

Paper applications to renew a child’s passport are made on an APS 1 or APS 2 form. You must send the child's old passport with the application if there is more than 6 months validity left on it. In some cases you may need to send the child’s birth certificate with the renewal application, see information on the documentary requirements for passport applications on dfa.ie.

If you are the sole guardian, you have to provide an up-to-date affidavit (AFF 1) stating that you are the sole guardian each time you apply to renew your child's passport – see 'Guardian consent' below.

Guardian consent

The Passport Service must get consent from all the child’s guardians (unless the child is married) before it can issue a child’s passport.

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 to give guardian consent. If you are applying or renewing by paper application both guardians must sign the parental consent section (Section 7) of the passport application form. If you are renewing online, after you enter the details online you must print out the Child Passport Identity and Consent Form which the guardians must sign. 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 Service to issue the passport without that consent.

Sole guardian: 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 you are the sole guardian you will have to provide an affidavit (AFF 1) stating that you are the sole guardian. This should be completed in the presence of a solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths. 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.

Babies born in the UK: If the birth was jointly registered by both parents in Northern Ireland or Great Britain, the father may have joint guardianship even if the parents never married.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has more information on parental consent on its website.

Rates

The fee for renewing a child’s passport using the Online Passport Application Service is €20 plus a €5 postage fee.

The fee when applying for or renewing a child's Irish passport using An Post's Passport Express (see below) or through an embassy or consulate is €30.

This fee does not include the charge payable to An Post for using its Passport Express service.

When applying for a child’s passport in person at a Passport Office (see’Contacts’ below) the fee is €45.

Additional processing charge: There is an additional charge of €38 if you need to renew a child's passport urgently (within 3 to 5 working days). You need to book an appointment online to do this. This service is only available for renewal applications.

Passport Express

If you use An Post's Passport Express service there is an additional administrative charge, which is paid to An Post. This charge is €9.50 per application. An Post also offers a 'Family Application' option where up to 4 passport applications can be enclosed in one envelope. The additional charge for a Family Application is €16. The additional charge includes postage to and from the Passport Office.

Some UK Post Office branches in Northern Ireland provide the Passport Express service (pdf). There are also two post offices in Great Britain offering Passport Express (Glasgow and Liverpool).

Living abroad

When 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.

How to pay

If you are renewing your child’s passport online, you need to pay using a debit card or credit card.

For paper applications you can pay for an Irish passport through Passport Express or at a Passport Office public counter if you are living in Ireland. However, the counter service at the Passport Office is mainly designed to accommodate people who need their passports urgently, and don’t have enough time to apply in the other ways. 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 should check the website of your nearest Irish embassy or consulate to find out which payment methods are accepted.

Emergency travel document

While emergency travel documents are usually not issued to minors, in the case of a genuine and life-threatening medical emergency involving a child, the duty officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade may issue an emergency travel document that is valid for a limited amount of time.

How to apply

It is not possible to apply for your child’s first Irish passport online. However, you can renew your child’s passport online. To be eligible for online renewal your child’s most recent passport must not have expired more than 5 years ago.

Online renewals

You can renew a child’s Irish passport online, following the step-by-step instructions provided. You will then be asked to complete the Child Passport Identity and Consent Form to confirm the child’s identity and get the guardians consent. This form must be printed, then signed and witnessed by an appropriate witness who knows the child. The child and at least one guardian must be there when the form is signed, so the witness can confirm the child’s identity and witness the guardians’ signatures. The Passport Service must get consent from all the child’s guardians before it can issue a child’s passport. The second guardian can ask another appropriate witness to witness their consent separately, if necessary.

You can find further information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Paper applications

It is also not currently possible to download the paper application form. 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 based in Northern Ireland or Great Britain, you may be able to use the Passport Express service available in certain post offices there, – see ‘Passport Express’ above.

If you are living in the State, you should fill out form APS 1, which is available from Garda stations and at any Post Office.

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 and application forms are available in some UK Post Office branches in Northern Ireland (pdf) and two branches in Great Britain (Glasgow and Liverpool).

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 the details given.

Documentation required

Online renewals

If you are renewing your child’s Irish passport online, you will need to provide:

  • A digital photo of the child - see detailed photo guidelines on dfa.ie.
  • The Child Passport Identity and Consent form
  • Child's old passport, if there is more than six months validity left on it

In certain circumstances you may also need to submit the child’s birth certificate and documentation relating to guardianship. When you complete the online process, you will be told if, and what additional documents are needed.

Paper renewals

You must submit the following documents with your completed application form when you are renewing your child’s passport by paper application:

  • Four passport photographs of the child, 2 of which have been signed by a witness as per instructions provided with the application form
  • Child's old passport, if there is more than six months validity left on it
  • Child's birth certificate (if applicable, see documentary requirements for passport applications on dfa.ie)
  • Appropriate fee

In certain circumstances you may also need to submit documentation relating to guardianship, for example, an up-to-date affidavit stating you are the sole guardian, if you have sole guardianship. The application form will provide guidance on exactly what documents are needed in your situation.

First-time applications

You must submit the following with your completed application form when you are applying for a child’s passport for the first time:

  • Four passport photographs of the child, 2 of which have been signed by a witness as per instructions provided with the application form
  • Child's birth certificate
  • Appropriate fee
  • PPS number (if the child is resident in Ireland)
  • Additional documentation to confirm the child’s Irish citizenship. The documents you need to provide depend on how the child became an Irish citizen – see ‘Additional documentation for first-time applications’ below.

Additional documentation for first-time applications

The additional documentation you need to send depends on how your child obtained their Irish citizenship.

Children born in Ireland

Children born before 1 January 2005

A first-time application for a passport must be accompanied by the child's full birth certificate.

Children born on or after 1 January 2005

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 3 or more years during the 4 years immediately before the birth. That parent's passport, or national identity card, and Declaration Form A (pdf) must be provided. (Declaration Form B is used by a guardian, or someone acting in loco parentis, where the parent is unable to make the declaration.) As proof of that parent's residency the following documents can be supplied:

  • Tax records, including P60, P45 and P35L certificates
  • Records of any social welfare benefits or a statement from the Department of Social Protection confirming that the parent received benefits and giving exact dates
  • Other documents to fill any gaps in periods of residency, such as, pay slips, utility bills, an official rent/lease agreement, a rent book or bank statements showing local transactions

The documents must be originals. Copies are not accepted.

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 3 or more years during the 4 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:

  • That parent's passport as well as a detailed note indicating which pages contain immigration stamps covering the reckonable periods of residence. If the passport office is unable to confirm the required three years residence from the passport, the parent will have to get a letter from the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) to confirm the reckonable periods of residence.
  • That parent's registration card issued by the GNIB.

Where a parent has been granted refugee status prior to the birth, there is no 3-year residency requirement. The following must be provided:

  • That parent's passport or travel document
  • The letter from the Department of Justice and Equality notifying that parent that refugee status had been granted
  • That parent's registration card issued by the GNIB (if available)

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 is used by a guardian, or somone acting in loco parentis, where the parent is unable to make the declaration.)

Children born abroad

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 Intercountry Adoptions as well as your passport or birth certificate is required. (If you are living abroad and adopted your child abroad, you should apply for the adoption to be entered in the Register of Intercountry Adoptions.)

Signing the passport

When you receive your child's passport, your child should sign it. If your child is not able to sign their name, it should be left blank.

Further information

Treoir provides information on passports for children of unmarried parents on its website.

Further information on how and where to apply for a passport is available in our document on applying for an Irish passport.

Contact

You can contact the Passport Service via phone or webchat. You can also make an appointment to submit your passport application in person.

Passport Office

Knockmaun House
42-47 Lower Mount Street
Dublin 2
D02 TN83
Ireland

Opening Hours: 9:00am -4:30pm, Mon-Fri
Tel: +353 (0)1 671 1633

Passport Office

1a South Mall
Cork
Ireland

Citizenship Division

Department of Justice Office

Rosanna Road
Tipperary Town
Tipperary
E34 N566
Ireland

Opening Hours: Helpline: 10:00 am -12:30 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays only
Tel: +353 62 32500
Locall: 1890 252 854

Garda National Immigration Bureau

13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 XK70

Page edited: 11 February 2019