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Passport Card

The Irish Passport Card is available to all Irish Citizens who hold a valid Irish passport book. 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.

Passport Card applications must be made through the Online Passport Renewal Service 

If you are over 18 and hold an existing passport book, you may apply for a Passport Card individually. Your passport book must have at least 3 months remaining validity. Passport Cards can also obtained together as part of a bundle (passport book and Passport Card). It is cheaper when you apply for a passport book and card at the same time.

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.

If your current passport book is lost, stolen or damaged and you wish to obtain a passport card, you must apply for a Passport Card along with your passport book application. This is to ensure you have a valid passport book which is required in order to obtain a Passport Card.

Passport cards for under 18s can only be obtained as part of a bundle. If you wish to apply for a passport card for your child you must select the bundle option when renewing their passport. Passport Cards for under 18s will be valid for the same period as the passport book.

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