If you lose your passport
What to do if you have lost your most recent passport or had it stolen.
The Passport Office, in accordance with EU regulations in relation
to reported lost or stolen passports, is now advising international
authorities, through Interpol, of all passports reported to the
Passport Office as having been lost or stolen.
Any passport that is reported as lost or stolen is no longer
a valid travel document.
If it is recovered, it should be returned to the Passport Office
for cancellation. Care should be taken to avoid its use for travel
If you lose your passport, or if it is stolen, you should
immediately report the loss to the Passport
Office or your nearest Irish Embassy or
Consulate. You will be asked to confirm this in writing,
or if you are applying for a new passport to include the details
along with your passport application.
To obtain a new passport you should complete a passport application
form [APS1 if resident in the State, APS2 if resident
elsewhere]. This should be witnessed by a member of An Garda
Síochána if you are resident in the State or by one of the eligible
witnesses listed on the APS2 form if you live elsewhere. The
application form includes a section [Section 6 - Statement of Loss]
to enable you to provide details or the circumstances of the loss
of the passport. You should provide a full explanation of
When applying for your new passport you must resubmit your
documents showing your proof of citizenship as if you were applying
for the first time, please refer to First
time adult applicants/Lost and stolen passports for
If you have a poor passport record, ie have lost two or more
passports, it is likely that only very limited passport facilities
will be given for specific travel purposes. On each occasion
on which a passport is issued, even when this is a limited validity
passport, the full passport fee will be payable.
Remember: Your passport is a valuable document so keep it in a safe
place while you are at home and look after it carefully when you