You must complete, in full, the original Passport Application Booklet, APS2E received from the Embassy of Ireland directly. Section 9 of the form should be witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths who knows you. The completed form should be returned to the Consular Section of the Embassy together with:
- Two recent passport sized-photographs – colour or black
& white – signed and dated on the back by the same Commissioner of Oaths who signs and dates your APS2E form.
- Your present passport (which will be cancelled and
returned to you)
PROCESSING TIME: PLEASE ALLOW 6 TO 8 WEEKS TO PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION.
(Please Note: if paying with credit card, please be so kind to enclose copies of the front and the back of your credit card. No transactions can be processed on an American Express and Diners Club credit cards. Applicants paying by credit card will be charged EUR75 (seventy-five euros) or equivalent in local currency.)
Standard 10 year passport
Large 10 year passport
Children under the age of 3 years (3 year passport)
Children between ages 3 and 17 years (5 year passport)
Over the age of 65 (10 year passport)
If the applicant is under 18 years, section 7 must be completed and signed by both parents and duly witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths. In the case where the applicant is over the age of 7 and can sign his / her name – he / she must sign the APS2E form (Section 8). If the applicant is under 18 we require the long/vault copy or “unabridged” computerised copy of the parents’ marriage certificate.
If the applicant has been married and there is a name change since the issue of his / her previous passport, we require the vault copy or the “unabridged” computerised copy of the SA marriage certificate. If the applicant’s name has changed due to divorce or the spouse has passed away we would require either the final divorce decree or the vault copy or “unabridged” computerised copy of the death certificate.
Additionally, from 26 October 2004, everyone, irrespective of age, will require a bar coded passport to be able to enter the United States without a visa. A visa will be required on a handwritten passport. Please note that only bar-coded passports will be issued. Please note that only the original APS2E form will be accepted.
SECTION 3 CITIZENSHIP
If the applicant was born in Ireland please complete A only.
If the application has Irish born parents please complete B only.
If the application has Foreign Birth Registration / Post Nuptial (through
marriage) or Naturalisation please complete C only
Please note: From March 2004 parents will need to obtain individual passports for their children, irrespective of age, especially if there is a possibility that they may be travelling to the US in the future.
A vault copy or “unabridged” computerised copy is a photocopy of the original entry in the Register book held by the Department of Home Affairs. A vault copy will carry on it two pink stamps of the Department. One is the date stamp and the other states “certified a true copy of the original”
CONSULAR SECTION: PRETORIA
ALL RELEVANT SECTIONS COMPLETED OF THE APS2E FORM
2 PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS (MEETING ALL REQUIREMENTS)
COMMISSIONER OF OATHS (ONLY LISTED IN SEC9) SIGNED AND DATED PHOTOGRAPHS (NOT STAMPED AT BACK) ALSO SIGNED DATED APS2E AND COMPLETED ALL DETAILS AT SEC 9.
IF APPLICANT OVER AGE OF 7 – APPLICANT SIGNED SECTION 8
CITIZENSHIP DETAILS COMPLETED IN FULL (SECT 3)
MAIDEN NAME OF APPLICANTS MOTHER
OLD PASSPORT *
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE QUALITY OF PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHS
The Embassy would like to draw your attention to the website www.passport.ie under the heading of e-passports. On the site you will find a list of frequently asked questions in relation to biometric passports and also detailed guidelines for passport photographs. It is most important that the standards for photographs are strictly applied in relation to all applications. If these standards are not met, there is a risk that it will not be possible to general the electronic image of the holder and that the application will be delayed while a replacement photograph is provided.
In summary the photograph should be as recent as possible to ensure an up to date likeness. They should be 45–50 mm in height and 35-38 mm in width. It should be a close up of the face and top of shoulders with the face taking up 70%-80% of the frame.
Pose The head should be centred in the image with a frontal pose showing the full face.
Expression The expression should be neutral with open eyes and mouth closed.
Glasses, Head Covers and Clothing Glasses should be of clear glass and care must be taken to ensure that there is not a reflection of the flash in the glasses. Only head coverings worn for religious reasons are permitted. Uniforms should not be worn. Facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.Infants unable to support themselves should be photographed lying down. Hands etc. used to support child should not be visible.
Lighting, Background and Focus Photographs should be in sharp focus and correctly exposed. No shadows or glares on the image or background that should be a plain off white without patterns. It should have a good colour balance and no “red eye”.
Photograph Quality They must be printed on high resolution and with no ink marks or creases. Digital photographs must be printed on photo-quality paper. Reverse must be white and unglazed.
You will find comprehensive guidelines on the website www.passport.ie