How to Get a Police Certificate – Ireland

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get: Police Certificate

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Ireland:

If you live in Ireland:

You should apply in person at your local police station (Garda Síochána). Contact information is available on the Irish National Police Service website.

You may also nominate a representative apply on your behalf, however he/she must present a witnessed statement indicating your consent to the release of information.

If you live outside of Ireland:

You must apply by mail to the superintendent who is in charge of the district where you lived. Contact information is available on the Irish National Police Service website.

If you are not a citizen of Ireland:

If you live in Ireland:

You should apply in person at your local police station (Garda Síochána). Contact information is available on the Irish National Police Service website.

You may also nominate a representative apply on your behalf, however he/she must present a witnessed statement indicating your consent to the release of information.

If you live outside of Ireland:

You must apply by mail to the superintendent who is in charge of the district where you lived. Contact information is available on the Irish National Police Service website.

Information and documents you need:

  • A copy of your identification (eg. Passport or driver’s licence)
  • Your full name
  • Your date and place of birth
  • Your current and all previous Irish addresses
  • The purpose of the request (e.g. for immigration purposes)
  • A stamped, self-addressed envelope
  • Applicable fees

Special notes and considerations

There is no centralized police computer serving county superintendent offices and each county's Garda Síochána office will issue their own certificates.

Once completed, your police certificate will be mailed directly to you.

For more information, visit the Garda Síochána website.

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