Irish Passport Information

closeup-passport-114Instructions for applying for Irish Citizenship and/or Passport

Citizenship Eligibility Information

 

If you were born outside Ireland to a parent born on the island of Ireland, you may be entitled to Irish citizenship and you may be eligible to apply for an Irish passport. You will need the following:
• Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you’ve changed your surname).
• The long-form birth certificate and civil marriage certificate (if applicable) of your Irish-born parent.
You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland. For more information on eligibility, please click HERE.

If neither of your parents were born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent (e.g. an Irish born grandparent), you will also need:
• Your original foreign birth registration certificate. Please see the citizenship section if you need to apply for this certificate.
You can become an Irish citizen if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or you can become an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, but was not born in Ireland. If you’re eligible, you can register your birth on the Foreign Births Register.

If you are a naturalised Irish Citizen, you will also need:
• Your original naturalisation certificate. Please see the citizenship section for more information on this certificate.
• Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you’ve changed your surname).

Born Abroad and adopted under Irish Law
• Your certificate of entry by the Adoption Authority of Ireland in the Register of Foreign Adoptions.
• Your original civil marriage certificate (if you’ve changed your surname).
• A document that proves your adoptive parent was an Irish citizen at the time of your adoption, such as a long form birth certificate or an Irish passport.

Post-Nuptial Citizenship
• Your original post-nuptial certificate.
• Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you’ve changed your surname).


 

To apply for an Irish passport

If you are resident outside of Ireland, you need to use an APS2 application form. They are available in Irish (APS2G) and in English (APS2E). To obtain the correct form, please contact the Consulate General of Ireland in NY by clicking HERE.

Documentation
You will need to include:

• A completed and witnessed APS2 application form. See the “Application Forms” tab for information on how to get a form

• 4 Passport Photographs (2 witnessed)

• Previous passport if you have had one

• Long form birth certificate. This must be included for all under 18s and for adults if you have lost your passport, or if applying for your first passport.

• Civil Marriage Certificate (if you are changing your name)

• Additional documents for first and/or lost passport applications. Click HERE for more information.