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Garda Vetting

COVID-19 Garda National Vetting Bureau (GNVB) Statistics are available here

Garda Vetting

This eVetting system was specifically designed to ensure speedy processing of vetting applications. The eVetting service provides for a 5 day turnaround for 80% of applications received via the system. In addition, the system has streamlined the entire vetting process, given more visibility to both organisations and applicants and contributed to a sustained reduction in processing times for applications.

The National Vetting Bureau will provide Registered Organisations* with the opportunity to process applications online using our eVetting facility.

Apply Online Via Registered Organisation

Applicants will be invited to apply online by the Registered Organisation from whom they are seeking vetting.

To use this service applicants must:

  • be over 16 years old
  • if aged 16-18 years, have submitted signed “Parent / Guardian” consent form
  • have or have access to a valid email address
  • have access to the Internet
  • have completed the 'Proof of Identity' process

Track Your Application Online

A key feature of the eVetting system is that the individual applicant can track progress of their own vetting application online and can, therefore, see when their application has been processed and returned to the relevant registered organisations.

To apply, visit the National Vetting Bureau website here.

Postal Applications

Paper Garda Vetting applications will also be accepted once they are submitted in accordance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016. New National Vetting Bureau application and parental consent forms are available from all registered organisations.

*A relevant organisation means a person (including a body corporate or an unincorporated body of persons) who employs, enters into a contract for services or permits any person to undertake relevant work or activities, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable adults.

NB: Police Certificates are NOT processed by Garda Vetting - Information on what Certificates can be used for and how to apply for one is a available here.

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 was amended by the Oireachtas in January 2016. The key purpose of the amendments was to provide that certain old minor convictions would not be disclosed in vetting disclosures, and to harmonise certain provisions in the 2012 Act with provisions in the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016.

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain work or activities relating to children or vulnerable persons or to provide certain services to children or vulnerable persons.

The national unit of An Garda Síochána known before as the Garda Central Vetting Unit shall, after the commencement, be known as the National Vetting Bureau. All communications will thereafter emanate from the National Vetting Bureau.

To visit the National Vetting Bureau website, click here.