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Documentary Requirements for Passport Applications

Please note that these documentary requirements are a guide, the Passport Service reserves the right to request additional documentation

Adult Renewal

Standard adult renewal – most recent passport due to expire or expired less than 5 years ago:

Current passport OR
Photocopy of data page of passport if there is less than 12 months’ validity left or has recently expired

Standard adult renewal – most recent passport expired more than 5 years ago:

Passport or a photocopy of data page of out of date passport
All other documents required for first time adult applicants

Adult renewal - lost/stolen/damaged passport issued prior to 1 January 2005:

All documents required for first time adult applicants

Adult renewal – lost/stolen/damaged passport issued on or after 1 January 2005:

Documentary evidence x 2 of name and address e.g. original utility bill, bank statement, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts that are stamped by the issuing authority

Adult renewing a passport in a different name:

Current passport
See documents required under names changes

Second/Business passport:

Current personal passport (or photocopy of all pages) and current second/business passport, if applicable
Letter from HR department demonstrating continued business case for second passport, as appropriate
Evidence that supports application – e.g. visa stamps in current passport, travel itineraries
Company registration certificate

More information on the Second/Business Passport application.

First time adult applicants

First time adult - Born on the island of Ireland before 1 January 2005:

Full civil birth certificate (version that includes the parent(s) name(s))
Civil marriage certificate if applying for a passport in married name
Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.
If resident in Ireland - a photocopy of Public Services Card
If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:
• original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card OR
• a certified (by a solicitor or notary public) copy of driver’s license
• AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority

First time adult - Born abroad to a parent born on island of Ireland (parent born before 1 Jan 2005):

Full civil birth certificate (version that includes parent(s) name(s))
Civil marriage certificate (if requesting passport in the married name)
Irish born parent’s full civil birth certificate (versions that includes parent(s) names(s))
Irish born parents’ civil marriage certificate (if married)
If resident in Ireland, photocopy of Public Services Card
If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:
• original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card OR
• a certified (by solicitor) copy of driver’s license
• AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority

First time adult – Grandparent born on the island of Ireland (Foreign Birth Registration):

Foreign Birth Registration certificate
Full civil birth certificate (version that includes parent(s) name(s))
Civil marriage certificate (if requesting the passport in married name)
Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.
If resident in Ireland - Photocopy of Public Services Card
If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:
• original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card OR
• a certified (by a solicitor or notary public) copy of driver’s license
• AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority

First time adult - Naturalised Irish Citizen:

Full civil birth certificate, version that includes parent(s) name(s))
Civil marriage certificate if applying in married name
Naturalisation Certificate
Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.
Original of passport from country of birth (if available)
If resident in Ireland - Photocopy of Public Services Card

First time adult - Born abroad and adopted by an Irish citizen under Irish Law:

Inter-Country Adoption Certificate
Civil marriage certificate if applying in the married name
Proof of Irish citizenship of adoptive parent at time of adoption e,g. Irish passport
Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.
If resident in Ireland - Photocopy of Public Services Card
If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:
• original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card OR
• a certified (by a solicitor or notary public) copy of driver’s license

First time adult - Born in Ireland and adopted by an Irish citizen under Irish Law:

Adoption certificate
Civil marriage certificate (if applying in the married name)
Proof of Irish citizenship of adoptive parent at time of adoption e,g. Irish passport
Proof of address, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority.
If resident in Ireland - Photocopy of Public Services Card
If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:
• original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card OR
• a certified (by a solicitor or notary public) copy of driver’s license
• AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority

First time adult - Post-nuptial citizenship (discontinued since November 2005):

Full civil birth certificate (version that includes parent(s) name(s))
Civil marriage certificate (if applying in the married name)
Post Nuptial Citizenship certificate (validity of this certificate must be checked with the Department of Justice.)
Proof of address e.g. one of the following - original utility bill, bank statement, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts
If resident in Ireland - Photocopy of Public Services Card
If resident outside of Ireland - one of the following:
• original passport from another country, national ID card, social security card OR
• a certified (by a solicitor or notary public) copy of driver’s license
• AND Proof of name, e.g. original utility bills, bank statements, government correspondence. The Passport Service accepts internet printouts if they are stamped by the issuing authority

Renewals for minors

Current or expired original passport

Appropriate witnessed consent of no fewer than two guardians

Sole guardian affidavit if minor has only one guardian

If minor has more than one guardian and is unavailable/unwilling to provide consent for a passport, a court order is required dispensing with the consent of the unavailable/unwilling guardian.

Full civil birth cert should be included in all minor renewals to verify and compare the registered details of the child’s parent/guardians with the consent section of the application form.

This is particularly important:
 - If a sole guardian affidavit and/or court order is submitted with the application;
 - If applying to replace a minor’s lost/stolen/damaged passport (damaged passport should be submitted with application);
 - If a child’s birth has been re-registered since last passport issued.

Applications for passports for minors should be accompanied by appropriate witnessed consent of both guardians. If consent is not available from a guardian, a Court Order is required dispensing with the consent of the unavailable/unwilling guardian. If there is only one guardian, a sole guardian affidavit must be completed. Where there are more than two guardians, the consent of any two of those guardians must be provided.

First time applications for minors

First time minor application - Born on the island of Ireland before 1 January 2005:

Civil birth certificate (version that includes parent(s) name(s))
Appropriate witnessed consent of no fewer than two guardians
Sole guardian affidavit if minor has one guardian only
If minor has more than one guardian and is unavailable/unwilling to provide consent for a passport, a court order is required dispensing with the consent of the unavailable/unwilling guardian.

First time minor application - Born on the island of Ireland on or after 1 January 2005:

Civil birth certificate
Appropriate witnessed consent of all guardians
Sole guardian affidavit if minor has one guardian only
If minor has more than one guardian and is unavailable/unwilling to provide consent for a passport, a court orders is required dispensing with the consent of the unavailable/unwilling guardian.

Proof of Parent’s citizenship (Irish, British, EU or non EU, as follows:

Parent – Irish citizen:
- Proof of parent’s Irish citizenship at time of applicant’s birth, e.g. parent’s original Irish birth certificate or passport. If claiming through parent that is naturalised or through post nuptial certificate, the parent must be an Irish citizen before the child was born.

Parent – British citizen:
- Parent’s British passport (citizenship section should state British Citizen not British Subject) or
- Parent’s original long form civil birth certificate if parent was born in the UK before 01/01/1983

Parent – EU/ EEA/ Swiss citizen (residency)*

- Parent’s EU passport or national identity document
- Declaration Form A/ B (sworn statement of residency)
- Parent’s proof of residency e.g. P60s, tax documents, statement from Department of Social Protection which supports claim of residing in Ireland for three of the four years prior to the birth of the child.
If P60’s do not have full 52 weeks, the period not covered must be supported by documentary evidence such as bills/bank statements/communication with government departments etc.

Parent – non EU citizen (residency)*
- Parent’s original passport with permission stamps to reside in Ireland and/or
parent’s GNIB card
Letters from the D/Justice which sanctioned permission to remain in the State
- Summary statement, signed by parent of parent’s ‘permission to remain’ stamps in the passport. This summary should include the number of the passport, name of passport holder, a description of the stamp(s) and the dates of the permission

Passport No: Name on passport: Description of Stamp: Permission granted (date) to (date):
Parent – refugee status
- Letter from Department of Justice granting refugee status
- Parent's GNIB card
- Parent's travel document

* Residency: if applicant’s parent was legally resident in Ireland for an aggregate of 3 of the 4 years immediately prior to applicant’s birth then applicant may be an Irish citizen, even if the parents are not. Certain categories of parent’s residence are not reckonable for citizenship purposes of the child, including residency for study-related or training-related purposes. Temporary permissions granted to parents while applying for asylum are also non-reckonable. Periods of unlawful residence of parents are non-reckonable. An outline of the passport stamps indicating reckonable residency is given at www.inis.gov.ie

First time minor application - Born abroad to a parent born on the island of Ireland:

Parent's full civil birth certificate
Parent's civil marriage certificate (if applicable)
Full civil birth certificate of child (version that includes parent(s) name(s))
Sole guardian affidavit if minor has one guardian only
If minor has more than one guardian and is unavailable/unwilling to provide consent a court order is required dispensing with the consent of the unavailable/unwilling guardian.

First time minor application - Grandparent born on the island of Ireland (Foreign Birth Registration - FBR):

Full civil birth certificate (version that includes parent(s) name(s))
FBR certificate
Appropriate witnessed consent of no fewer than two guardians
Sole guardian affidavit if minor has one guardian only
If minor has more than one guardian and is unavailable/unwilling to provide consent a court order is required dispensing with the consent of the unavailable/unwilling guardian.

First time minor application - Naturalised Irish Citizen:

Civil birth certificate (version that includes parent(s) name(s))
Naturalisation certificate
If born outside Ireland, passport from country of birth or letter from Department of Justice confirming refugee status
Appropriate witnessed consent of no fewer than two guardians
Sole guardian affidavit if minor has one guardian only
If minor has more than one guardian and is unavailable/unwilling to provide consent a court order is required dispensing with the consent of the unavailable/unwilling guardian.

First time minor application - Born abroad and adopted by Irish citizen under Irish Law:

Inter-Country Adoption Certificate
Proof of citizenship of Irish adoptive parent (original passport or original birth certificate)
Appropriate witnessed consent of no fewer than two guardians
Sole guardian affidavit if minor has one guardian only
If minor has more than one guardian and is unavailable/unwilling to provide consent a court order is required dispensing with the consent of the unavailable/unwilling guardian.

Name changes on passports

Documentary evidence to support a name change is required as follows:

Applicant requesting a Passport in:

Married/civil partnership name
Original civil marriage/civil partnership certificate

Reverting to civil birth cert name:

Civil birth certificate
Civil marriage certificate
Divorce/ separation papers (certified (by solicitors/courts) copies will be accepted)
Applicants in other categories should submit - 2 years proof of usage of name rule )

Other name changes:

2 years’ proof of usage of the new name, e.g. any 2 of the following: Photo ID document, payslips, utility bills, Government correspondence. For minors, school reports, letter from GP. Note: name change through Deed Poll is not sufficient or necessary, but may be accepted as supplementary proof of usage.