The Irish Passport Card is available to all Irish Citizens who are over 18 years and hold a valid Irish Passport. The Passport card can be used by Irish citizens for travel within the EU/EEA and Switzerland and is recognised as a valid travel document by relevant national authorities.
When the Passport Card is used to travel through airports, access to E-gates is determined by local infrastructure. If necessary, the Passport Card can be manually checked by a border official.
In order to apply for your Passport Card, you must have a valid passport book. The personal details you provide must match the details exactly as they appear on your passport book.
Your passport book must have at least 3 months remaining validity.
If your current passport book is lost, stolen or damaged you must apply for a new passport book before applying for a passport card.
Passport Cards are valid for a maximum of 5 years. Where there is less than 5 years remaining on your Passport book at the time you apply for a Passport Card, the expiry date of your card will be the same as your Passport book.
Your application must comply with the Passports Act 2008.
You can find more information on how to apply for your passport card on our online passport application page.
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In 2017, there were over 5000 passports reported lost and stolen.
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