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How to get your application witnessed

Witnessing a passport application in Ireland

Identification (to be completed by all applicants)

Consent of parents/guardians (additional requirements for children)

Lost, stolen or damaged passports (Section 6 of your application form)

Witnessing a passport application in Northern Ireland

Identification (to be completed by all applicants)

Consent of parents/guardians (additional requirements for children)

Lost, stolen or damaged passports (Section 6 of your application form)

 

Witnessing in Ireland

Identification

A Garda at your local Garda station will witness your passport application form; as long as they are satisfied as to your identity and that your four photos are a true likeness of you.

Make sure you bring photo identification with you and be aware that the Garda may ask you for more proof of identification.

You must:

  • Sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of the Garda. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form

The Garda must:

  • Complete Section 9 of the form
  • Write the form number (found on Section 9 of the application) on the back of two of your four photos
  • Sign and stamp the back of those two photos

Remember…

Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs it. 

Consent of parents or guardians

This is an additional requirement for children. Everyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/guardians to get a passport and this consent must be witnessed. 

The only exception to this is if the child is married.

Parents/guardians must:

The witness must:

  • Complete, sign and stamp Section 7, including a work landline phone number - mobile phone numbers will not be accepted
  • Sign each column separately if they witness both parents/guardians’ signatures

Your witness can be a:

  • Member of the Garda Síochána
  • Member of clergy
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager
  • Elected public representative
  • Notary public/ commissioner for oaths
  • Peace commissioner
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Accountant
  • Teacher
  • Dentist
  • Vet
  • Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Lecturer
  • Credit Union manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Chartered Engineer

Remember

This Section 7 requirement is additional for children and the witness list above relates to this part of the application only. A Garda must still witness Section 9 of the application and be satisfied as to the child’s identity.

Lost, stolen or damaged passports

If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:

  • Complete Section 6 of the application form, explaining how your previous passport was lost/stolen or damaged
  • Have it witnessed and stamped by a Garda

If you lose two or more passports, it may restrict the period of validity for your next passport and it may not be possible to receive your passport in less than 10 working days.

Remember…  

Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen.

 

Witnessing in Northern Ireland

Identification

A member of one of the professions listed below can witness your passport application form as long as they are satisfied as to your identify and that your four photos are a true likeness of you.

Make sure you bring photo identification with you and be aware that the witness may ask you for more proof of identification – this is at their discretion. 

  • Member of PSNI
  • Member of clergy
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Bank manager/assistant bank manager
  • Elected public representative
  • Notary public/ commissioner for oaths
  • Peace commissioner
  • School principal/vice principal
  • Accountant
  • Teacher
  • Dentist
  • Vet
  • Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Lecturer
  • Credit Union manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Chartered Engineer

You must:

  • Sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of the witness. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form

The witness must:

  • Complete Section 9 of the form, including a work landline phone number - mobile phone numbers will not be accepted
  • Insert the form number from Section 9 on the back of two of your four photos
  • Sign and stamp the back of those two photos

Remember…

Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9. 

Consent of parents or guardians

This is an additional requirement for children. Everyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/guardians to get a passport and this consent must be witnessed.

The only exception to this is if the child is married.

Parents/guardians must:

The witness must:

  • Complete, sign and stamp Section 7, including a work landline telephone number - mobile telephone numbers are not acceptable
  • Sign each column separately if they witness both parents/guardians’ signatures 

Lost/stolen and damaged passports

If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:

  • Complete Section 6 of the application form, explaining how your previous passport was lost, stolen or damaged
  • Have it witnessed and stamped by the same person who witnessed Section 9 of your application

If you lose two or more passports, it may restrict the period of validity for your next passport and it may not be possible to receive your passport in less than 10 working days.

Remember…

Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen.