The New Irish Passport Card

Ireland’s new passport card is here, officially launched on the 5th October 2015. The passport card allows holders to travel across Europe without needing their traditional passport book.

To apply for a new card could not be any easier, simply take a selfie using the new mobile app or upload a photo using the online application system.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan told reporters at an event to launch the card. “It is, in effect, a passport and it carries all the attributes and entitlements of a passport and should be treated with great care, as you would a passport,”

The ministry said DLRS based in Bray are the lead company in the design and production of these cards. They have partnered with HID Global Ireland Teoranta based in Baile na hAbhann, Galway and Absolute Graphics based in Bray.

The Passport card is one of the first of its kind to include an embedded hologram photo on a strip on the reverse of the card.