First time applicants – no prior registration as a U.S. Citizen
If you are aged 18 or over, and have never been documented as a U.S. citizen by your parent(s), you must apply for your first U.S. passport in person through a pre-arranged appointment at the U.S. Embassy Dublin and provide the required documentation listed below. You must book an appointment via our online appointment system. You are required to make the appointment under the selection of “Report the birth abroad of a child of a U.S. citizen and/or apply for the child’s first passport, Report of Birth and Social Security Number.”
Please bring the following documentation to your appointment:
- DS-11 Passport application form: fill the form out electronically via the link, then print and bring it to your appointment. Do not sign form until the Consular Officer instructs you to do so at your appointment. This form cannot be submitted online. Alternatively, a printable PDF version is available here (101 KB), which you can print and fill out by hand. Forms must be printed one sided, do not use correction fluid as this invalidates the application. Please disregard the instructions on the form as they are for U.S. citizens applying to renew a passport within the United States. Please only follow the instructions on this website. Effective October 1, 2016, a Social Security number (SSN) will be required for all passport applications. You may apply for your SSN at the same time as your passport appointment by completing and printing and signing the SS-5 application form. You will receive a social security card in the mail some weeks after your passport.
- DS-5507 Affidavit of Physical Presence or Residence, Parentage and Support: this form is to be filled out by the U.S. citizen parent of the applicant. If this parent is deceased, it may be completed by the applicant, to the best of their knowledge. Please print and bring this form to your appointment (116 KB). This form cannot be submitted online. Forms must be printed one sided, do not use correction fluid as this invalidates the application. Your U.S. citizen parent should accompany you to the Embassy to sign the affidavit under oath. If your parent is in the United States, the affidavit can be signed before a notary public and must be accompanied by a notarized copy of your parent’s passport or driver’s license.
- Birth certificate: Original or certified copy of your long-form birth certificate issued by the appropriate governmental authority, showing your full name, date and place of birth, parents’ information, filing and issue date.
- Evidence of U.S. Citizenship of the Parent(s): their U.S. Passport or original U.S. Certificate of Naturalization/Certificate of Citizenship or their U.S. Birth certificate or their Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Further evidence may be required to establish that your parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth if his/her claim to U.S. citizenship has not been previously established.
- Evidence of Parent’s Marriage: (if applicable) original or certified copy of your parents’ marriage certificate issued by the appropriate governmental authority. Religious records are not acceptable.
- Evidence of Termination of your Parent’s Previous Marriages: (if applicable) original or certified copy of divorce decree/death certificate etc.
- Evidence of Change of Name: If you and/or your parents have changed names through marriage, court order, etc., submit an original or certified copy of the relevant documents.
- Evidence of Physical Presence in the United States of U.S. Citizen Parent(s): documentary evidence of periods of physical presence in the United States of your U.S. citizen parent(s) prior to your birth, including periods of physical presence outside the United States when the parent served in the U.S. armed forces or employed by other U.S. government agencies (if applicable). Please consult the Table of Transmission Requirements for physical presence requirements applicable at the time of your birth.
- Your Identifying Documents: Your current and expired foreign passports. It may also be necessary for your mother or father to accompany you to the Embassy to identify you. If your parents are unable to attend, you should submit a progression of identifying documents of yourself from childhood to the present (e.g. medical records, baptism certificate, school year books, student I.D. card, old passports, old driver’s license, etc.).
- Evidence of Parentage and/or Legitimization: credible and substantial evidence of blood relationship between yourself and your U.S. parent(s) must be submitted with your application. If you were born out-of-wedlock, please consult the Table of Transmission Requirements for the legitimization laws that may be applicable at the time of your birth.
- If Born Out-of-Wedlock to a U.S. Citizen Father: If you were born between January 13, 1941 and December 24, 1952 and your father was serving in the U.S. military abroad, you may be required to submit your father’s Honorable Discharge papers as well as sworn statements from mother’s and father’s family regarding the circumstances surrounding your birth. Family photographs, particularly those that show a resemblance to your father’s family, should also be submitted.
- One 2″x 2″ U.S. passport size photo: photo must have clear white background, no shadows, no eye glasses to be worn. Irish passport sized photos not accepted, the U.S. sized photos are a larger size – 2 inches x 2 inches. You can find all passport photo requirements here.
- Click here for Passport Fees. No expedited service is available outside of the U.S., please do not submit the additional fee for this service. Personal checks are not accepted.
- Pre-paid, self-addressed envelope for the return of your passport: Please affix a €10.00 stamp to the envelope for the trackable return of your passport by Express Post. Envelope size A5 if possible. If you are renewing more than one family member’s passport at the same time, we can return up to two passports in one envelope (restricted to two passports due to weight).
For further information follow link to Transmission Requirements for U.S. Citizenship and Physical Presence.
Security at the Embassy
DO NOT BRING ELECTRONICS TO YOUR U.S. EMBASSY APPOINTMENT. Please note that you cannot enter Embassy property with any electronics. This includes laptops, tablets, memory cards, flash drives, or other peripherals. If you have any of these items in your possession, you will be asked to find a place to store them away from the Embassy or to return on another day. The Embassy has small lockers which can accommodate a cell phone. No other electronics may be placed in these lockers.