To obtain an Irish Passport, you must be an Irish citizen. The documentary evidence required to establish Irish Citizenship is outlined on the passport application form.
All applications must be made on an original application form (APS2E)*, with the appropriate supporting documents. The form is read by an automatic scanner and must be filled out in BLACK INK.
If you want us to send you an application form by post, please email or phone the Consulate and give your full address. You may leave your address on the Consulate answering machine and an application form will be sent to you.
When you receive your application form, please read the Notes and
each section carefully before completing it paying particular
attention to the section regarding the photographs. Failure to
follow the photograph guidelines is the single most common reason
for delay in processing passport applications. Application forms
which are not properly completed cannot be processed and this will
cause delay. (See also the notes with the passport application
The APS2E form is available here for viewing purposes only.
*Please note that the application form is also available in Irish ( APS2G).
The person who witnesses your signature and confirms your identity must, without exception, be a member of one of the following professions and must not be related to you. Retired witnesses are not acceptable.
Please note that Notary Publics are NOT accepted as witnesses unless they are also a member of one of the following professions:
Member of the Clergy
School Principal/Vice Principal
Bank Manager/Assistant Manager
Elected Public Representative
Please contact the Consulate to inquire about current processing times.
Any ONE of the documents below should be submitted with your passport application as evidence of Irish citizenship:
Before you send in your application, please check to make sure that you have all the correct documentation:
A machine-readable passport is a passport with two typeface lines
printed at the bottom of the biographical page, which can be read
by machine. Look at the bottom of your Irish passport [the photo
page] for two lines that are typeface lines. These lines have
letters, numbers and hatch marks. The two lines at the bottom of a
machine-readable passport, for example, would look like the
LINE 1: P COUNTRY LAST NAME << FIRST NAME < MIDDLE NAME <<<<<
LINE 2: PASSPORT NUMBER COUNTRY DOB<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
When read, these lines electronically provide identical information
to that provided on the biographical page. (The biographical page
is the page on your passport that illustrates your photograph and
carries information about your name, date of birth, address,
If the details in your passport have been entered manually, you hold a hand-written passport. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not your passport is machine-readable, please contact the Embassy