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Frequently Asked Questions

Garda Vetting/Data Protection

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Is there a fee for a Police Certificate? Is there a fee for a Police Certificate?
For what purpose are Police Certificates issued? For what purpose are Police Certificates issued?
How do I apply for a Police Certificate? How do I apply for a Police Certificate?
Have I the right to access personal data about me held by An Garda Síochána? Have I the right to access personal data about me held by An Garda Síochána?
What is the procedure for seeking access to my personal data? What is the procedure for seeking access to my personal data?
Is there a fee for accessing my personal data? Is there a fee for accessing my personal data?
What can a Data Protection disclosure be used for? What can a Data Protection disclosure be used for?
Can a Data Protection disclosure be construed as Proof of No Convictions, a Police Certificate, a Garda Reference or Garda Vetting? Can a Data Protection disclosure be construed as Proof of No Convictions, a Police Certificate, a Garda Reference or Garda Vetting?
Police Certificates / Data Protection Flow chart Police Certificates / Data Protection Flow chart
Does the Freedom of Information Act apply to An Garda Siochana? Does the Freedom of Information Act apply to An Garda Siochana?
Does the Freedom of Information apply to vetting? Does the Freedom of Information apply to vetting?
What is a Police Certificate? What is a Police Certificate?
Who issues a Police Certificate? Who issues a Police Certificate?

 

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Is there a fee for a Police Certificate?
Is there a fee for a Police Certificate?
The certificate is issued free of charge.
For what purpose are Police Certificates issued?
For what purpose are Police Certificates issued?

Police Certificates are issued for the following purposes:-

  • Foreign Consular Authorities
  • Foreign Visas
  • Establishing a Business in other EU States
How do I apply for a Police Certificate?
How do I apply for a Police Certificate?

Applicants for Police Certificates for these purposes should make an application in writing to the Superintendent in charge of the district wherein they reside, or formerly resided, in the Republic of Ireland. Please go to our Station Directory to find out who your District Superintendent is.

Your application in writing should include the following:

  • Your full name as on your birth certificate including your maiden name if applicable
  • Your date and place of birth (or a copy of your birth certificate)
  • Your current address
  • All addresses at which you have lived at in Ireland and when you lived there
  • The place and purpose for which you require the Certificate


You should also include with your application:

  • A copy of your passport, driving license or similar for identification purposes
  • A stamped, self addressed envelope


Your application will take approximately three weeks to process.

Have I the right to access personal data about me held by An Garda Síochána?
Have I the right to access personal data about me held by An Garda Síochána?

Yes, subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998/2003, every individual has a right to access personal data about him or her held by An Garda Síochána.

What is the procedure for seeking access to my personal data?
What is the procedure for seeking access to my personal data?
An individual seeking access to their information should complete a Data Protection Access Request form - F20 and return it with relevant enclosures to the Garda Criminal Records Office, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Is there a fee for accessing my personal data?
Is there a fee for accessing my personal data?

Yes, there is a fee of €6.35. All cheques/bank drafts should be made payable to “Accountant, Department of Justice”.

What can a Data Protection disclosure be used for?
What can a Data Protection disclosure be used for?

A Data Protection disclosure is issued directly to the applicant in person for their own personal use.

Can a Data Protection disclosure be construed as Proof of No Convictions, a Police Certificate, a Garda Reference or Garda Vetting?
Can a Data Protection disclosure be construed as Proof of No Convictions, a Police Certificate, a Garda Reference or Garda Vetting?

No, a Data Protection disclosure cannot be construed as Proof of No Convictions, a Police Certificate, a Garda Reference or Garda Vetting. 

Police Certificates / Data Protection Flow chart
Police Certificates / Data Protection Flow chart

Police Certificates                  

Data Protection

Who can apply?  

Individual

Individual

Issued to:

Individual

Individual

Apply to:

Local District Officer.

See Station Directory for your local Station             

 

National Vetting Bureau
Data Protection Processing Unit
Government Buildings
Vinegar Hill Lane
Templeshannon
Enniscorthy
Wexford
Y21 E924
Lo-Call 1890 488 488

Does the Freedom of Information Act apply to An Garda Siochana?
Does the Freedom of Information Act apply to An Garda Siochana?

From 14 October 2015, An Garda Síochána will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 in respect of records relating to the following administrative areas only;

• Human Resources

• Finance

• Procurement

An Garda Síochána has been granted a number of exemptions under the FOI Act 2014 to ensure that it can perform its core functions and to ensure that state security is not compromised.

An Garda Síochána is currently actively preparing for the forthcoming implementation of FOI and further communications will issue over the coming months informing you of progress and responsibilities.

A.J. Nolan
Assistant Commissioner

Does the Freedom of Information apply to vetting?
Does the Freedom of Information apply to vetting?

From 14 October 2015, An Garda Síochána will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 in respect of records relating to the following administrative areas only;

• Human Resources

• Finance

• Procurement

An Garda Síochána has been granted a number of exemptions under the FOI Act 2014 to ensure that it can perform its core functions and to ensure that state security is not compromised.

An Garda Síochána is currently actively preparing for the forthcoming implementation of FOI and further communications will issue over the coming months informing you of progress and responsibilities.

A.J. Nolan
Assistant Commissioner

What is a Police Certificate?
What is a Police Certificate?
A Police Certificate is a certificate in respect of an individual issued by the Gardaí in certain circumstances.  The certificate, which is normally valid for one year, states your name, address, date of birth and also includes information about whether or not you have a criminal record.
Who issues a Police Certificate?
Who issues a Police Certificate?
A Police Certificate is issued by the Superintendent in the District where the relevant applicant resides, or formerly resided, in the Republic of Ireland.