Applying for my first Irish passport as a naturalised citizen

I became a citizen of Ireland through naturalisation on the 9th December 2019, and am going through the process of applying for my first Irish passport.

I used the Passport Online service to start my application. This online process is quite well designed, and it means that I can enter my details, upload my photograph, and pay for the passport using a credit or debit card online. For the photo, I used one taken with my mobile phone, which saved me the cost of getting a photo taken.

At the end of the online process I was given a link to a 4-page document to download and print. It contains instructions for posting in the required documentation, an Identity Verification Form, and a pre-paid postage label.

Identity Verification Form

This form needs to be signed by the passport applicant in the presence of a member of An Garda Siochana, and then the Garda will fill in the rest of the form. They will also make a record of your passport application in a log book that’s kept in the station. The Garda do not charge a fee for filling in this form. However I did need to remember to take along some form of photo ID to prove to the Garda that I am who I say I are. For this I used my Driving License.

Proofs of identity

In order to complete my application I was required to send the following proofs of identity to the passport office:

  1. Identity Verification Form
  2. Birth Certificate (original long-form certificate that shows your parents’ names)
  3. Certificate of Naturalisation (original)
  4. Photocopy of the front and back of Public Services Card, or the original of a government issued ID such as a national ID card or Driving License
  5. Passport from country of birth (original)
  6. Proof of Name (utility bill, bank statement or government letter – internet printouts accepted)
  7. Proof of Address (utility bill, bank statement or government letter – internet printouts accepted – cannot be the same document as used for the proof of name)

That’s a lot of different ways of proving my identity!

The Identity Verification Form, Certificate of Naturalisation, Public Service Card, and Passport all have my name and photo on them, so it seems a bit over the top to require all four of them – especially when you consider the great lengths I recently went through to prove my identity to get my citizenship!

Posting the application

The Application Cover Page (from the 4-page document you printed) and all of the proofs of identity need to be posted to the Passport Office.

A pre-paid label is provided which needs to be stuck to the envelope – and it means I don’t need to pay for postage. It has an An Post Track and Trace number on it, so that I can check that is has been successfully delivered.

Processing the application

The current processing time for issuing a first-time passport to someone resident in Ireland is listed as 20 working days. This does not include the time that documents are in the post, and is counted from the day that proofs of identity are received by the passport office.

6 thoughts on “Applying for my first Irish passport as a naturalised citizen

  1. Hi Richard

    Thank you for your blog it’s been very helpful in getting ready to apply for citizenship. If you don’t mind me asking, were you allowed to go overseas for holidays while your application was pending? Unfortunately due to covid its hard to get the info from immigration. Thank you!

  2. Thank you for your insightful post on this topic. Could I ask exactly how long it took for you to receive the passport back after mailing everything in? The site currently says up to 8-weeks for first-time applicants but processed in 5-weeks.

    One other question – did you get any of your originals back or your passport back before hand? Up to 8-weeks seems like a long time without a passport.

  3. Hi Peter. I heard that the COVID shutdown has extended the time it takes for passports – so my experience pre-COVID would be very different. However I found the whole process to be very efficient.

    I applied online on Thursday 2nd January 2020, and posted my documents on Friday 3rd January 2020. I got an email from the Department of Foreign Affairs saying I had to resubmit my photo electronically on Thursday 9th January 2020, which I did the next day. My new passport was created and posted to me on Monday 13th January 2020, and I would have received it the next day. So it took me less than 2 weeks – significantly less than the published 20 working days at the time.

    However, your milage may vary.

  4. Thank you so much for the additional date details, just one more question if you don’t mind – how long did it take for you to receive the certificate of naturalization from when you mailed off the signed declaration/allegiance to the state? For the online part of the declaration process I also uploaded photos too – so I wonder if you get some kind of ID card when you also receive the certificate of naturalization?

    Many thanks for your insight here, it’s really helpful.

  5. Hi
    I have just applied for a renewal, but my page closed before I got to the end of the application. I have my Application Number emailed to me, but I can’t see how i can print out the “Application Cover Page (from the 4-page document you printed)” which should have come at the end. Any ideas how I get back in to the application so I can print these pages?


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