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  • You must be an Irish citizen in order to be eligible for an Irish passport.
  • You have a right to apply for a passport if you are 18 years or over. If you are under 18, you will need the consent of both parents or guardian(s) in writing in order to get your own passport.
  • Titles such as Mr, Mrs, Ms, Dr, Rev., Sir, Lord, Lady, etc. are not entered on Irish passports.
  • If the version of the name to be entered on the passport differs from the version of the name on the birth certificate, you must provide evidence of usage for at least two years, e.g. bank statement, driving licence, credit cards, etc. At least two examples of such evidence should be enclosed with your application.
  • A passport may be issued in the married name of an applicant if a civil marriage certificate is produced.
Passports for children
  • Since October 2004 all children, regardless of age, must obtain an individual Irish passport in their own name. Three year passports are available for children under 3, and five year passports are available for children between 3-17 years.
  • Children who are already included on a parent's passport, issued before October 2004, may continue to travel to most countries up to their 16th birthday along with that parent. There are, however, some exceptions.
  • There is more information on applying for a child's passport in document on passports for children.
Passport photographs
  • Four recent identical photographs of the passport holder must be included with each application. Two of these should be signed on the back by the person who witnesses the application. The witness should also write the form number shown in Section 9 of the application form on those two photographs. If you are applying in Ireland the witness must be a member of the Garda Síochána. If you are applying abroad, suitable categories of witness are listed on the application form.
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