The Irish passport card application process is extremely easy, cheap, quick and there are many reasons why you should get one. When I realised I would need an Irish passport card while my normal passport was being processed by the US Embassy for a J1 Visa – I panicked!
I was Googling and ringing embassies left right and centre… all to find out that the Irish passport card application can be done online with no hassle and at a very lovely price (35 quid). No need to ring embassies my friends, I have the exact info you need right here.
Below are all the thoughts and questions I had about the whole Irish passport card situation, which I hope will help you too. So, by the time you’re done reading this you can order one of those bad boys at passportonline.dfa.ie.
Is the normal passport still valid?
My first thoughts were: Can I use the Irish passport card along with my passport? Or will getting the card cancel the normal one? I spoke personally to the Irish embassy and they told me:
Getting the passport card will in no way cancel your regular passport book. It is just important to know that the card can only be used for travel within the EU and EEA countries (I have listed these at the bottom for you).
How long did the Irish passport card take to arrive?
It took less than 3 working days for INTERNATIONAL delivery! You heard me. I did the Irish passport card application on Friday morning and had it delivered straight to my office on Wednesday morning in Belgium. I have heard that it can take up to 2 weeks though, so order it as soon as you can.
Do you need to be in Ireland to get it?
See above. Nope and nope. The Irish passport card application is online at passportonline.dfa.ie and you can have it sent anywhere in the world for only an extra €5. Handy! All you need is to have a valid passport book and the rest you can sort out.
Why do I need one?
Are you one of those people who notoriously loses their passports on nights out? Perhaps you’re like me and were robbed at a festival (last year) and therefore have no ID left. The beautiful Irish passport card is wallet friendly and can be brought on nights out safely… but even if you do ~misplace~ it… at least your other one is safe at home.
Will it be accepted as ID abroad?
I found whilst living and working in both the US and Amsterdam that they accepted NO ID other than passports or bloody birth certificates (possible exaggeration) when trying to get anything done.
In my post ‘Things to Know Before Moving to Amsterdam’ one of my tips was to bring your passport everywhere (annoying) because they don’t accept Garda age cards and wouldn’t even take my provisional drivers license! The Irish passport card can be safely nuzzled in your purse wherever you go and solve this problem.
I lost my passport, can I still use my passport card?
Yes. There are many people in Europe who only have passport cards as they don’t bother with the normal ones (for those who don’t plan on travelling outside of the EU/ EEA).
Can I take my own gorge pic or do I need to have the standard embarrassing passport photo?
I saved the best news till last. Goodbye to those horrific ID photos taken in the photobooth down the back of your local Tesco with a parent hovering over you, tucking your hair behind your ears. You just need to take a photo in natural light, plain background and not smiling (don’t forget to smize y’all!). They run through the do’s and don’ts on the Irish passport card application website – but you basically get to take, upload and approve your own photo which is a sweet deal.
If you currently have a nice passport photo or student card where you don’t look like a Russian spy, HMU because I don’t believe you. It’s impossible to look good in any ID (unless you have a passport photo like a young Tyra Banks – die hard ANTM fan ref here).
Ps. I know for a fact that the staff who take your photo for the student leap card in Trinity College – are all out to get us and take photos of you mid-blink on purpose. Just FYI.
Here’s the easy steps below – don’t forget to share with your favourite friends who lose their stuff on every single night out ❤
Last but not least, here are the countries that you can travel to/ from with your Irish passport card. Let me know how you got on!
EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK (for now!).
EEA: The EU countries listed above and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.