Where and How to Get a New Passport in Dublin

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Getting a Dublin passport

Ever felt overwhelmed by the thought of applying for a new passport? You’re not alone. It doesn’t matter if the reason for your need is to travel, job hunt, or open a bank account, If you’re over 18 and call Ireland home, you’re in luck – you can get your first Irish passport. Here’s a straightforward guide that’ll show you the ropes, from gathering your documents to choosing how to apply – online for the tech-savvy, by snail mail for the traditionalists, or in person if you fancy a chat with the officials.

Applying Online for a New Passport

Step 1: Prepare the Required Items

You will need a few things before you start;

  • A printer (because there will be some paperwork to print)
  • Your trusty debit or credit card (to pay the fees)
  • An email address (you will need it to log in to the online portals). 

In the absence of these, you may opt for a mail application. 

Step 2: Take a Digital Photograph

You need to take a clear digital photograph of yourself. This may be taken professionally or at home using a digital camera or even a phone camera. The photograph must be clear with a neutral (preferably white) background. It should capture your head down to your waist clearly. If you have chosen to take the photograph with your phone camera, do not use the zoom or selfie feature. Place the phone on a stand and take it from far away, or better still, get someone else to take the photograph for you.

Step 3: Apply online 

Once you have your gadgets and photos, you should register online using the passport portal. This portal is available at all hours of the day throughout the year. To apply, you need to enter your email address and follow the instructions as requested by the portal.

The online process takes from a few days to some weeks, depending on the current processing times. It is, however, important to note that the processing time will only begin to count after all the necessary documents have been received by the service.

Step 4: Prove your identity

After applying on the portal, you will be required to prove your identity. This is done by printing an identity verification form, which you will be allowed to print at the end of your online application. This form is to be filled out by a member of the Garda Siochana, which is the name used to refer to Ireland’s national police and security service.

However, for people living outside of Ireland, this identity verification form can be witnessed by a person practising in one of the approved professions in whichever country they are residing in. Your witness should be a person who knows you personally and is required to complete the identity verification form. A witness to a passport application must be easy to contact through the number presented on the form. In the case where a witness is not contactable, the application may be delayed.

Step 5: Send the documents

Once you have completed your online application, you will be required to print your application form. This form will also contain a list of documents to be sent to Ireland’s passport service as well as a postage label (for residents of Ireland). If you are applying outside of Ireland, however, you may submit your documents to the nearest Irish Embassy if you are unable to find a reliable postal service. It is important to note that only original versions of the requested documents should be sent.

Applying for a New Passport by Post

Step 1: Fill out the application form

Applying by post is an option only open to Irish and UK residents. To begin your application, you can request an APS1 form from any police station or post office. Paper applications are not available to be downloaded.

For residents of the United Kingdom, you can find the application form at any of the following post offices:

  • Liverpool Post Office, 1–3 South John Street, Liverpool.
  • Glasgow Post Office, 140 West Nile Street, Glasgow.
  • Cardiff Post Office, 83–85, Queen Street, Cardiff.

Step 2: Get a Witness

If you reside in Ireland, your witness must be a member of the Garda Siochána. However, UK residents can choose a witness from a person in the approved professions on the portal.

Step 3: Take Photographs 

You need to take photographs of yourself and have four copies signed on the back by the witness to the application. In addition, the witness should also write the form number on the application form on the back of the signed photographs.

Step 4: Submit the documents

Once you are done with filling your forms and attaching your documents and photographs, you may submit your application to the postal service.

Applying for a New Passport in Person

Getting a new passport in person

It is not advisable to apply for a first-time passport in person, as this option is usually reserved for people looking to renew their passports quickly. However, if you live outside of Ireland and have no access to the internet or a postal service, you can visit the Irish Embassy in person to apply for your passport.

Documents required for the application

The following documents are often included on your application form for submission:

  • Proof of address
  • Proof of name
  • A copy of your Public Services Card
  • An appropriately filled-out identity verification form
  • Full birth certificate
  • Marriage or partnership certificate
  • A national ID card, a social security card, or a copy of your driving licence (for non-Ireland residents).
  • Parent’s birth certificate (for people born to Ireland or Northern Ireland-born parents).
  • Original naturalisation certificate (for naturalised citizens)

Application Fees

Ireland offers several kinds of passports, and each type determines the passport fees. The standard 34-page, 10-year passport costs €75 for the online application and €80 for the post-passport application. Postal service fees apply in both cases. The 66-page, 10-year passport, on the other hand, costs €105 for the online application and €110 for the post-application.

What to Do After Completing the Application Process 

Online passport applications will often take about 20 working days to be ready. However, postal applications can take at least 8 weeks (without accounting for postage times). The service allows applicants to check the status of their applications online using the application number on the form. As soon as you receive your passport, you should sign it as required to ensure its validity.

Applying for an Irish passport can seem overwhelming, particularly for those unfamiliar with the procedure. To assist you, we’ve outlined a clear, step-by-step guide that will walk you through the entire process of obtaining a national passport in Ireland, ensuring you know exactly what to expect at each stage.

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