Passports for children

Apply online for your child's passport

Passport Online is the fastest way to apply for your or your child's passport or passport card, from anywhere in the world. This secure and convenient service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Applications will be processed within the current processing times. If you need to submit documents, the processing time will only start when we receive them. Child passport applications involve some extra steps.

What do I need to apply for my child's passport using Passport Online?

You can apply for a first time child's passport online if you are resident in the countries listed here. Find a full guide to getting a first passport for a child here.

You can renew your child's passport online from anywhere in the world. Find a full guide to renewing a child passport here.

You will need:

  • your child's current passport,
  • your child's digital photograph,
  • your email address
  • credit/debit card.

You will also need access to a printer for printing the Child Passport Identity and Consent Form.

Find information below on extra steps involved in apply for a child's passport, and detailed information on what to do if there are one or two guardians or if a guardian is deceased.

Extra steps for child applications

It is important to note that child passport applications involve some extra steps:

  • Children can no longer be included on their parents' or guardians' passports. This is intended to make international travel more secure for children. In order to travel, each child must have their own passport. 
  • For a passport to issue to a child under 18, the consent of all the child's guardians must be noted on the passport application. This applies for first time passport applications and passport renewals. See our guide to guardianship & consent for more information below.
  • The signatures of the guardians granting consent must be appropriately witnessed. Our list of witnesses will tell you who can witness your child's passport application.
  • Guardian consent must be witnessed in the country you reside in.
  • For some categories of application, you may have to submit additional supporting documents. You will need to return these supporting documents with the passport application form or identity and consent form.

Please note: Passports for children (under 18 years of age) are issued with a validity of 5 years.

Common guardianship scenarios

We have outlined some common guardianship scenarios in the section below and included an overview of the additional documents that are required for certain categories of application in order to establish guardianship.

Please select the category of guardianship below that most closely matches your family situation for further guidance.

If your child has more than two legal guardians, or if your own family circumstances fall outside of the categories outlined below, please contact the Passport Service for guidance on your child’s application.

Important notes:

  • In cases where there are two guardians and one guardian is unwilling or unavailable to give their consent for the child’s passport to be issued, a court order dispensing with that parent’s consent must be submitted with the child’s passport application
  • If renewing a child’s passport that has more than 6 months validity remaining, the most recent passport book must be returned with the passport application (unless the passport has been lost or stolen).
  • If your child has changed name (for example, following parent’s marriage) and their new name needs to be noted on their passport, further documents will be required. Further documents may also be required if you wish to have an observation noted on your child’s passport. Please see here for further details.
  • Guardian consent must be witnessed in the country you reside in.
  • Guardian consent is not required if the child is married.

Section 14(1) of the Passports Act 2008 makes provision for the consent of a child’s guardian(s) before a passport can issue. Under Irish law, the rights of parents to guardianship are set down in Section 6 of the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964. Furthermore, on 18th January 2016, certain provisions of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 came into effect that made a number of changes to the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964.

Please note: The summary provided is for information purposes only. If required, please obtain your own legal advice.

One guardian scenarios:

Two guardian scenarios:

Frequently asked questions about child passport applications


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