Replacing a lost or stolen Irish passport
Your Irish passport is an important legal document. It is evidence of your identity and that you are a citizen of Ireland and a citizen of the European Union. Your Irish passport should always be kept in a safe place when you are at home and when travelling abroad.
If your Irish passport is lost, mislaid or stolen and you want to get another one, you can apply online for a replacement or use a paper application form.
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.
You should be aware that:
- Any passport reported as lost or stolen is no longer a valid travel document and you should not try to travel on a passport which has been reported as lost or stolen.
- If you have a poor passport record, (that is, you have lost 2 or more passports) it is likely that a limited passport facility will be given to you for specific travel purposes. On each occasion on which a new passport is issued to you, (even when the passport is being issued for a limited time) you will have to pay the full cost of this passport.
You should be aware that immigration requirements in some countries require your passport to be valid for a certain amount of time before you can enter another jurisdiction.
We are unable to include information on the passport validity requirements for any particular country in the world. To get this information, contact your air carrier/travel agent or the embassy/consulate of the country to which you are travelling. You should do this in good time before you travel.
Losing your Irish passport in Ireland
If you are an Irish citizen living in Ireland and you have lost your Irish passport, or it has been stolen, you must report the loss of your passport to the Passport Office immediately. You should also report the loss or theft to the Garda Síochána.
You can apply online for a replacement or on paper (using form APS 1). You must give the circumstances of the loss in Section 6 of the form. You can obtain an APS 1 form from your nearest Garda Station or Post Office. This form must be witnessed/countersigned by a member of An Garda Síochána, who must also sign and stamp Section 6.
If you are replacing a damaged passport, you may need to return the damaged passport to the Passport Office. You will need to do this if you are replacing:
- An adult passport with more than 12 months' validity left
- A child’s passport with more than 6 months' validity left
You may also need to resubmit the supporting documents required with a normal first-time passport application to the Passport Office. You can read more about how to apply for a passport in our document on applying for your first Irish passport.
Losing your Irish passport abroad
If you are an Irish citizen currently living abroad, travelling or on holiday abroad and your Irish passport is lost/stolen/misplaced, you must contact your nearest Irish embassy or consulate immediately. You will be asked to confirm the loss in writing or, if you are applying for a new passport, to include the details in your application. (Applications for a new passport by people living in Northern Ireland or outside Ireland are made online or using form APS 2.) If you are currently in a country where there is no Irish representation, you may contact an embassy/consulate of another EU member state who will contact the nearest Irish embassy on your behalf.
If you need to get an emergency travel document from an Irish embassy or consulate, you must contact the local police and request a written statement that you have reported the loss of your passport. A member of the police authority in the country in which you are staying must witness this statement.
Again, if you are currently in a country where there is no Irish representation, you may contact an embassy or consulate of another EU member state. The embassy or consulate of another EU member state cannot issue you with a replacement passport or an emergency travel document. Instead they will get in touch with the nearest Irish embassy or consulate on your behalf, which will then get in touch with you. In some cases the embassy or consulate of another EU Member State may issue you with an EU Emergency Travel Document (ETD).
Emergency travel documents
If you lose your passport abroad, an emergency travel document may be issued by an Irish embassy or consulate.
In such circumstances, it is best to contact the nearest Irish embassy or consulate directly in order to find out what documents will be required.
If you have lost your passport and are travelling abroad on a multi-stop journey, where you will pass through more than one jurisdiction, you will require a new Irish passport. You must report the loss of your passport immediately to your nearest Irish embassy or consulate. If there is no Irish embassy or consulate in the country where you are, contact an embassy of another EU member state, which will get in touch with the nearest Irish embassy on your behalf. An embassy of another EU member state cannot issue you with a new Irish passport.
You should get in touch with the local police to report your passport as lost or stolen. It may be useful for you to carry a photocopy of your passport (data page) with you when travelling.
The fees when applying online are:
- Standard 34-page 10-year passport: €75
- Large 66-page 10-year passport: €105
- Passport card: €35
- Standard passport plus passport card: €100
- Large passport plus passport card: €130
The fees when applying using Passport Express (see Renewing an Irish passport) or through an embassy or consulate are:
- Standard 10-year, 34-page passport: €80
- Large 10-year 66-page passport: €110
- 5-year passport (aged under 18 years): €30
These fees do not include the charge payable to An Post for using its Passport Express service.
When applying in person at a Passport Office the fees are:
- Standard 10-year, 34-page passport: €95
- Large 10-year 66-page passport: €125
- 5-year passport (aged under 18): €45
The fee for an emergency travel document is €30, with an €80 fee for out-of-hours services.
How to apply
If you have lost your Irish passport here in Ireland, you should notify the Passport Office of the loss immediately (see 'Where to apply'). If you have lost your Irish passport abroad, you should notify your nearest Irish embassy or consulate.
You can read more in our document on renewing an Irish passport.
Where to apply