How to obtain an Irish passport

In general, passport renewal applicants and Irish born applicants should allow at least 8-10 weeks for the processing of their passport via the Consulate. All other first time applicants should allow at least 12-16 weeks for the processing of their passport via the Consulate. This includes the transmission of your application to the Dublin Passport Office where the passport is printed and the return of the passport to the Consulate by the diplomatic bag service.

What documents should be enclosed

Complete all sections of the application form correctly and legibly. Don’t forget to enter your signature in the signature box on the left hand side of this section.

  • Enclose two recently taken passport photographs.
  • Have the witness section of the application form and one photograph signed by a member of one of the categories of witness listed on the form.
  • Enclose Proof of Citizenship (see below), if this is your first passport application, or your most recently issued passport in the case of renewal applications. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • If this is your first passport application or if your previous passport was lost or stolen, enclose a copy of current photo ID e.g. driver's licence or US passport.
  • Enclose the appropriate fee.

Proof of Citizenship

Any ONE of the below is considered proof of Irish citizenship:

  • Your most recent Irish Passport
  • Your original Long Form Irish Birth Certificate (if passport has been lost/stolen or if this is your first application for an Irish passport)
  • Your own original Birth Certificate and the long-form Birth Certificate of your Irish-born parent and your parents' State Certified long form civil Marriage Certificate
  • Your original Certificate of Naturalisation for Ireland and your own original State certified long form civil Birth Certificate
  • Your original Certificate of Foreign Births Registration for Ireland and your own original State certified long form civil Birth Certificate
  • Your original Certificate of Post-Nuptial Irish Citizenship and your own original State certified long form civil Birth Certificate.

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Contact Details

Consulate General of Ireland,
100 Pine Street,
Suite 3350,
San Francisco,
CA 94111
Tel: +415 392 4214
Fax: +415 392 0885
Public opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm.

Pacific Standard Time.