An explanation and some examples of why applications are sent back to applicants.
Regrettably, applications received which are not in order
cannot be accepted and must be referred back to the applicants.
This delays the issue of these passports, particularly at peak
times (April to August).
To assist applicants particular attention should be paid to the
following as these are the items which generate the majority of
Long Birth Certificate must be submitted with all applications for
children, irrespective as to whether they had their own passport or
were on a parent’s passport previously.
Additional documentation is now required from parents of children
born in Ireland on or after 1 January 2005. These are set out
in the New
Citizenship changes effective from 1 January 2005 notice on
Application forms in the State must be witnessed at a Garda
station. The same Garda who witnesses the form must also sign
his/her name on the back of one of the photographs.
Applications outside the State must be witnessed by one of the
categories of person listed on the form. The witness should
enter their daytime contact number as this may need to be verified
by the Passport Office/Mission.
The parental consent section of the form, section 7, should be
fully completed by parents and the person who witnesses their
signatures. Parents must sign in the presence of the witness.
Original certificates must always be submitted. Photocopies
of documents including birth certificates, marriage certificates
etc. are not acceptable
Applicant's signature in the signature box of Section 8 of the
form. The signature should be kept within the signature
box on the left hand side of Section 8 of the form. Where the
application is for a young child who is unable to sign, this
box should be left blank and the parent/guardian should sign
their own name in the signature box on the left hand side of
Section 8 of the form.
The statement of loss section of the form, section 6, must give a
full and clear explanation as to the loss. The applicant
needs to resubmit all supporting documents, including long-form
birth certificate, marriage certificate [if appropriate] etc.
If a person has lost his/her passport and does not declare this it
will be discovered when the application is being registered at
the Passport Office and this will be queried, delaying the
application. Loss of passports is a very serious matter and where a
person has lost more than one passport or where a full explanation
has not been provided the Passport Office may only be able to issue
very limited passport facilities, if at all.
Should be identical against a white or light grey background.
Applicants should ensure that the photographs submitted are clear
and conform to the requirements set out on the application
form. Unacceptable photographs account for the highest
proportion of rejected passport applications. Study the
photograph guidelines on this site and also the application form
before making an application.
Individual passports for children.
Since 1 October 2004, children are now issued with individual
passports. Previous to this, parents could have children aged
under 16 years included on their passport. Such children may
continue to travel to most countries on that parents passport up to
their 16th birthday. From age 16 upwards all persons
require an individual passport for travel. Every year there
are many instances where families arrive at an airport and discover
that a child who is now 16 who is named on a parent's passport but
does not have an individual passport, and is not allowed to
travel. Parents are reminded to obtain individual passports
for their children to ensure that this does not happen to them.
Lastly, apply in good time for your passport!