Irish passport card
The Irish passport card is a travel document that Irish citizens can use for certain travel instead of the standard passport book. It is similar in size to a credit card. You can use the passport card when traveling in the European Union, the European Economic Area (which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland. You do not need a passport to enter the United Kingdom, but airlines and sea carriers may want you to prove your identity when checking in. You should check with your airline or sea carrier to see what types of identification they accept.
For travel to other non-EEA countries, you must use your standard Irish passport book.
Passport applications and COVID-19
The Passport Service has resumed the processing of online applications for all passport types. You should expect delays to your application.
The processing of Passport Express applications has also recommenced in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The turnaround time for processing paper based applications is 6-8 weeks.
Passport phone lines are now open.
If you urgently need a passport to travel (because of the death or serious illness of a family member, or you need urgent medical treatment abroad), you should contact the Passport Service through webchat.
Adults and children can get passport cards. However, as a child (anyone under 18), you can only get a passport card as part of a bundle when you get your standard passport book.
You must hold a valid Irish passport that is not due to expire in the next 6 months. The personal details you provide when applying for a passport card must be exactly the same as those on your passport book. The passport card is valid for 5 years or until your passport book expires, whichever period is shorter.
If you are going to use your passport card when travelling, you must use the passport card number when checking in online.
Lost or stolen card
If your passport card is lost, stolen or damaged, you should complete the relevant section of the online application form with this information when applying for a new passport card.
If you do not apply for a new card, you should contact the Passport Service to let them know that your card has been lost or stolen.
The adult passport card costs €35. If you are applying from outside Ireland, there is an additional delivery cost of €5. You can pay with a debit card or credit card.
The adult passport bundle, which includes a 10-year passport book and 5-year passport card for people aged over 18, costs €100.
The child passport bundle, which includes a 5-year passport book and passport card for people aged under 18, costs €45. There is an additional delivery cost of €5.
How to apply
You can only apply for a passport card online.
When making the application you need:
- Your current passport book
- Your photograph (see the detailed guidelines on dfa.ie)
- A valid email address
- A debit card or credit card
Track your application
When you submit your application online, you are issued with an 11-digit application number. You can track your application’s progress on the Department’s website using the application number.