An Irish passport is one of the most valued passports in the world and is considered a safe passport to travel with because of Ireland's neutrality policy. Below are the steps you will need to take to obtain your Irish passport.
Contact your local Irish embassy (for those of you living abroad). There are at least 10 Irish consulates in the United States. To find the one nearest you, visit Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs web site at www.dfa.ie. For a comprehensive list of embassies in other countries around the world, go to www.irelandnow.com/consulates.html.
Ask for the appropriate forms needed to apply for an Irish passport.
Read the application form carefully. Several things are required, including the long form of your Irish birth certificate (for those of you who were born in Ireland on or before December 2004); a birth certificate showing your parents' names and the long form of their Irish State birth certificates (for those of you who were born outside of Ireland, but are the children of Irish-born parents). Your parents' civil marriage certificates are also needed.
For applicants who claim Irish citizenship by descent (i.e. neither of your parents were born in Ireland, but your grandparents were), submit your Certificate of Entry in the Foreign Births Register, which should have been issued to you by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. You will also need to submit the long form of your civil birth certificate.
Naturalized Irish citizens should submit the citizenship certificate issued by the Irish Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, along with the long form of your birth certificate.
Once you have all the necessary documentation included in your application, make sure you include the proper fee, which is always included on the application form. The rates for a standard 10-page passport is 75 Euros, but for applicants living abroad, administrative charges may be added. Call your local Irish embassy for the exact fee in the local currency.
Items you will need
- Computer with Internet connection
- Two recent passport photos
- Proof of Irish citizenship
- Appropriate fee
- Complete all sections of the application form correctly and legibly. This will ensure a speedy expedition of your application.
- Have an appropriate witness (examples are listed on the application form) sign your application and photo.
- Expect to wait four weeks for your passport to arrive as they are processed in Ireland. You may track the progress of your application by logging on to the Foreign Affairs Department Web site.
- BBC News