Can I apply to you for an Irish passport?
Any citizen of Ireland may apply for an Irish passport at this
mission. If you are not a citizen but wish to become one, see our
Can I apply online or by email for an Irish passport?
Unfortunately not. Our current passport application system requires
that pre-printed application forms be used. These have certain
colour properties necessary for image processing, and a unique
serial number which should be carefully noted and can be used
to track the application. Completed forms should be mailed it
to us at 20 Arkana St, Yarralumla, ACT 2600. (NSW applicants
to Consulate General of Ireland, Level 26, 1 Market Street,
Sydney NSW 2000 )
Can I download a passport application form from the
Unfortunately not. Our application process requires that
you complete a pre-printed application form and mail it to us
at the address above. To obtain a form, please email us with your name and
postal address. Passport forms are also available for collection in
My passport application is ready to go- have I got everything I
We have a checklist here to help you!
How long does it take to process a passport application?
It usually takes approximately five to six weeks to obtain a
passport via the Embassy of Ireland in Canberra, if all your
documentation is correct. However, due to increased demand
and a high number of applications awaiting processing at present,
we advise applicants to allow eight weeks. Please note
that we cannot guarantee delivery dates absolutely.
Applications are checked here and Australian dollar fees processed,
but the biomatric passports are produced in Ireland and returned to
us for forwarding to you by registered mail in the prepaid envelope
you provide. It is not possible for us to guarantee specific
delivery dates and you should allow plenty of time for your
application to be processed.
How much does an Irish passport cost?
There is a scale of fees depending on the age of the applicant.
Details are here.
Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, except for emergency passports. If you pay by credit card the
payment will be taken when the application reaches our headquarters
and the Euro fee will be applied. For any other payment method the
AUS$ fee scale applies. We adjust this from time to time to take
account of exchange rate fluctuations.
Please note that, if your credit card is rejected, you will have to
pay by alternative means, even if there was an error in
your credit card number or similar issue. This is because our
automated processing is designed to drop your credit card
details for data protection reasons at a certain stage of
processing and these cannot be re-entered later as our system is
Who can witness my application/witness my consent
for a passport for my child?
Acceptable witnesses in each case are clearly indicated on the
application form. Please note that the witness must be prepared
to be contacted by us, and must provide contact details for that
purpose. Some Justices of the Peace, particularly in
Queensland, have a policy of not providing contact details.
This can delay your application significantly and we urge you to
confirm in advance with your witness that they can be contacted
and, if they prefer not to be contacted, to chose someone else from
the list so that your application can be processed without delay.
Where can I get the right passport photos?
We do not require applicants to use any particular
photographer. We do however recommend having photos taken
digitally, to allow for the image to be sized to fit within the
ranges we require. Conforming with these dimensions is vital
to the production of your biometric passport and the requirements
are explained in the notes accompanying the application form.
Please read these carefully and help us to reduce our
current high rate of rejection for photographs.
The dimensions for our passport photographs are very commonly
used internationally and are known as the "International
Template". It is important to be aware that Australian
passport photos are produced to a different template and we will
have to reject photos with these proportions, as they are not
suitable for Irish passports. Reputable
photographers should be familiar with the International
Template, which is often pre-programmed into digital photographic
equipment. More detailed guidelines for photographers are
I have lost my Irish passport- what now?
This information will be useful. Please note
that, due to regrettable attempts at fraud, the requirements
are more strict than usual for applications following loss or
theft. In addition to supplying four photographs, two of them
signed by your witness, you must submit originals of your long
form birth certificate and (if married and regardless of whether
you have changed your name) your civil marriage certificate. If you
were not born on the island of Ireland, further evidence of
entitlement to Irish citizenship must be provided (eg
certificates for Irish-born parent or original of Foreign Births
Regsitration Certificate, as applicable). In addition to normal ID
requirements, you must provide original photo ID, documentary
evidence of use of name, and evidence of residence at your
application address. You should also submit confirmation from the
police that you have reported the loss or theft of your previous
passport to them.
I need to travel urgently and have no valid passport. What can I
We can issue emergency passports at the Embassy. These are not the
same as full passports- they have fewer pages and very short
validity. We issue them only in the case of genuine emergency
travel and on sight of your travel arrangements. These
emergency passports are intended primarily for travel to Ireland.
If you chose to travel on an emergency passport it is your
responsibility to ensure that it is acceptable for travel to the
destination you are visiting. In particular please be aware
that you may not avail of the US Visa Waiver
Program if travelling on an Irish emergency passport. (This is a US
I applied to you a while back but my application is not
appearing on the online passport tracker. Is there a problem?
Not necessarily. Unfortunately your application only appears on the
online tracker system when it has been assigned to a specific
member of staff in the Passport Office in Dublin. Before
this happens, we will have completed preliminary checks here and
scanned it onto our system. If there are any problems at this
stage we will contact you. If not, it will be queued for final
checks and production in Dublin. Australian applications always
take several weeks, and sometimes even a month, to appear on the
tracker. We regret the distress and confusion this can cause, and
we have asked that it be addressed on a future software upgrade.
The tracker shows that my passport has been issued- why have I
not received it?
Because of the additional security features in our biometric
passports we cannot produce them here. Australian applications are
produced in Dublin. The tracker system was designed primarily
for use with applications made in Ireland, where the passports are
produced. It does not differentiate between passports which are
issued directly to the applicant in Ireland and those which are
forwarded to missions abroad to be passed to applicants. We hope
that this will be changed on a future software upgrade. In the
meantime, and depending on the day of the week your passport is
produced, you should allow at least a week and often longer for it
to reach us and then to be forwarded to you in the pre-paid
registered envelope which we asked you to provide with the
I forgot to note the application number on my form. Can I track
the application any other way?
We are sorry, but you need to retain your tracking number in order
to be able to monitor the progress of your application. We cannot
provide a telephone or email tracking service, due to the very
large numbers of passport applications we receive. We cannot
retreive details of individual applications without disrupting and
delaying the processing of other applications, which causes more
delay for others.
If there is a problem with your application, we will contact you
using the details you provide.
For full instructions on how to apply for a passport
through the Embassy of Ireland in Canberra, please follow