Renewing your child's Irish passport

Introduction

This document explains how to renew your child’s Irish passport. Information about applying for your child’s first Irish passport is also available.

Your child must be an Irish citizen to be eligible for an Irish passport.

Irish passports for children are valid for 5 years. For your child to continue to travel abroad after this time, you will have to apply to renew their Irish passport.

If your child’s most recent passport expired more than 5 years ago, you should read the document on applying for your first Irish passport as an adult (if they are now 18 or over) or your child's first Irish passport (if they are still a child).

You may also wish to apply to renew your child’s passport because –

You can renew your child’s passport at any time. If you apply for a new passport before your child’s current one has expired, the 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 need to register for this service.

You can renew your child’s Irish passport:

  • Online, through Passport Online
  • By post, through Passport Express
  • In person, through the Passport Office’s counter service

Using the Passport Online Service

You can renew an Irish passport online, following the step-by-step instructions provided. You can renew online from anywhere in the world, as long as your child’s previous Irish passport is no more than 5 years out of date.

You will need to send your child's previous passport if it has more than 6 months validity on it.

Digital photographs

You must include a digital photo as part of your application. You can do this in 3 ways:

  • Have your child’s photo taken at a participating photo provider, who will give you a unique code to include with your online application.
  • Have your child’s photo taken at a photo provider, and ask them to email it to you, or save the photo on a USB device, or other storage method. You must have access to the photo when completing your online application
  • Take a photo at home using a digital camera or smartphone. The photo must capture your child’s image from the waist upwards.

You can read more about photo requirements for the Passport Online service.

Idenitity verification and consent

At the end of the online form you will be asked to print a Child Passport Identity and Consent Form. You should bring this form to a witness who will confirm your child’s identity.

Our document on applying for your child’s first Irish passport explains more about guardian’s consent.

Renewing your child's Irish passport by post

Passport Express is a service provided by An Post.

If you are an Irish citizen living in Ireland, you should fill in form APS 1. You will find this form at Garda stations and at any Post Office. It is not currently possible to download the paper application form.

You will need to send your child's previous passport if it has more than 6 months validity on it.

Photographs

You must include 4 recent identical photographs of your child with your application. Two of these photographs 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 the 2 signed photographs. If you are applying for your passport in Ireland the witness must be a member of the Garda Síochána.

More detailed information on passport photographs is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Passport Express abroad

A number of 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).

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 Service or the relevant embassy or consulate.

Renewing in person

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. In these cases, you should book an appointment with the Passport Office in Dublin or Cork. More information on rapid passport renewals is below.

If you live abroad and you are unable to use Passport Online, you can renew your child’s Irish passport in person or using ordinary or registered post to your nearest Irish embassy or consulate. You use form APS 2.

You cannot download the application form. You can get the application form from the Irish embassy or consulate in the country where you live (or the closest embassy or consulate).

Passport fees

The fees for renewing your child’s Irish passport are:

Passport Online - €20, plus €5 postage fee

Passport Express - €30, plus An Post’s fee of €9.50.

Counter Service (in person at the Passport Office) - €45. An additional fee of €38 is charged for rapid renewals.

Rapid renewals and emergency travel documents

Rapid renewals

A Rapid Renewal Service is available 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.

Additional documentation you may need

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.

The application form will provide guidance on exactly what documents are needed in your situation.

Useful contacts

You can contact the Passport Service by 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

Page edited: 25 November 2019