Attesting Irish Documents (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions about Irish Apostille services

Can Irish documents be legalized by Apostille?

Yes - Ireland is a member of the Apostille Convention.

Irish documents can be legalized for use abroad with an Apostille Stamp from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs when destined for other signatory countries without additional certification by the destination country.

When Irish documents are required for non-apostille countries, such as AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - MY MalaysiaMalaysia - TH ThailandThailand - ZM ZambiaZambia - QA QatarQatar they need additional authentication by the embassy of the destination country.

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For document issued in Northern Ireland, please see:
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Submission within the European Union
Certain Irish documents do not require Apostilles when they are presented to authorities of other European Union countries (the receiving authority should accept the original or a certified copy).

When applying for certain public documents, a multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by an Irish authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority to understand a public document which is in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.
See: EU Multilingual standard formsExternal link (opens in new tab)

Irish documents not requiring Apostilles include birth, death, marriage certificates, absence of a criminal record (a clean criminal record of an Irish citizen), certificates of nationality and residence:
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

Other Irish documents, including academic certificates, still require Apostille certification and certified translation to be valid in other EU countries.

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What types of documents can be legalized in Ireland for use abroad?

Authentications and Apostilles from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs are issued for civil status certificates (birth, death, marriage and civil partnerships), Garda Police Certificates, School Leaving Certificates, College and university diplomas and course transcripts, Certificates of Incorporation and Letters of Good Standing issued by the Companies Registration Office, divorce decrees, Certificates of Origin, Health Certificates, Certificates of Free Sale and GMP Compliance and other documents certified by an Irish notary or solicitor.

To confirm whether your document is eligible for an Apostille Stamp in Ireland, contact us and we’ll check your document free of charge.

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How can I obtain an apostille for an Irish birth, death or marriage certificate?

Apostilles for Irish Civil Status Certificates, including Irish birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage and civil partnership certificates are obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs. The original paper certificate is required, issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Submission within the European Union
Irish certificates of civil status (marriage, death and birth certificates) do not require an Apostille stamp when required for submission in another Member State of the European Union. For further information, see:
Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

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How can I obtain my Irish Criminal Record Certificate to use abroad?

Irish Police Certificates are issued by the Garda. Certificates are issued for submission to foreign consular authorities and when required for foreign visas. Police Certificates can be obtained from the A Police Certificate can be issued by the Garda for submission to foreign consular authorities and when required for foreign visas Garda stationExternal link (opens in new tab) where the applicant resides, or formerly resided. To be valid for an Apostille Stamp or Authentication, a paper certificate is required with a wet ink stamp and original signature.

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How do I obtain an apostille for company registration documents issued in Ireland?

Irish Certificates of Incorporation can be authenticated with an Apostille stamp from the Department of Foreign Affairs. Certified copies of business documents can be obtained from the Companies Registration OfficeExternal link (opens in new tab)

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How long does it take to obtain an apostille on a document in Ireland?

Apostilles on Irish documents are normally obtained in 2-3 business days

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I need an apostille for my Irish birth, death or marriage certificate - do I need to provide an original certificate?

Yes - an original birth, death or marriage certificate is required, issued by the Order a birth, death or marriage certificate - Ireland Health Service ExecutiveExternal link (opens in new tab)

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I need an apostille for my Irish criminal record certificate - do I need to provide an original certificate?

Yes - An original paper Garda Police Certificate is required with a wet ink stamp and original signature.

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How can I obtain an apostille for my Irish University Degree and Transcripts?

Apostilles for Irish College and University degree certificates and course transcripts are obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs. Apostilles can be applied to original certificates or certified copies of diplomas issued by Irish colleges registered on the Register of the qualifications included in Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Irish Register of QualificationsExternal link (opens in new tab)

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How can I obtain an apostille for my Irish School Records?

Apostilles for Irish School Leaving Certificates (original or notarized copy) and School Reports (notarized copy) can be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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How can I obtain an apostille for an Irish Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney must be sworn before  Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland - Find a Notary notaryExternal link (opens in new tab) in Ireland. An Apostille can then be obtained from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.

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Where can I see reviews of Isarey's Irish Attestation and Apostille Services?

You can see reviews from past clients who have used our attestation and apostille services:

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How can I obtain a copy of an Irish birth, marriage or death certificate?

Irish birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates can be ordered online from the Order a birth, death or marriage certificate - Ireland Health Service ExecutiveExternal link (opens in new tab)

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How can I obtain an Irish Apostille to certify a passport, driving licence or other ID document?

Certified copies of Irish passports and other identity documents can be made by a  Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland - Find a Notary notaryExternal link (opens in new tab) or Find a Solicitor - Law Society of Ireland solicitorExternal link (opens in new tab) and then authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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How can I legalize an Irish degree certificate for submission to Qatar?

Irish University Degree Certificates need to be authenticated by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and then by the embassy of Qatar in London. The Embassy will require a diploma, transcripts and cover letter from the university (each document must be legalized separately by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland).

The transcripts must list all the modules or subjects studied in each year, their value and the grades achieved. The university confirmation letter must state the location of studies, start and end date of studies, whether studies were full or part-time and whether studies were based on distance or on-site learning. In most cases, the Qatar embassy will not attest degrees based on distance or online learning.

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How can I legalize an Irish degree certificate for submission to the United Arab Emirates?

Irish college and university degrees required for submission to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates need to be authenticated by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and then attested by the UAE embassy in Dublin.

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How can I legalize an Irish degree certificate for submission to Vietnam?

Irish college and university degrees required for submission to the authorities of Vietnam need to be authenticated by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and then attested by the Vietnamese embassy in London.

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How can I legalize an Irish degree certificate for submission to Saudi Arabia?

Irish college and university degrees required for submission to the authorities of Saudi Arabia can be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. Since Saudi Arabia joined the Apostille Convention, attestation by the Saudi Embassy and Cultural Bureau is no longer required.

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How can I legalize an Irish degree certificate for submission to China?

Irish college and university degrees required for submission to the authorities of China can be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. Since China a joined the Apostille Convention, attestation by the Chinese Embassy is no longer required.

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I need to submit an Irish Certificate of no impediment to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting Irish certificates of marital status to the authorities of another Member State of the European Union.

A multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by an Irish authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority understand the certificate when in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

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I need to submit an Irish Criminal Record Certificate to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting Irish Criminal Record Certificates to another Member State of the European Union when the certificate is issued to an Irish national and when the criminal record is clean (no convictions). In other cases, the recipient Member State may require an Apostille.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

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I need to submit an Irish Birth, Death or Marriage certificate to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting Irish birth, death and marriage certificates to the authorities of another Member State of the European Union. A multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by an Irish authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority understand the certificate when in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

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Do Irish Criminal Record Certificates have an expiry?

A Garda Police Certificate is valid for 12 months. However, some requesting authorities will require a certificate that has issued in the last 3 or 6 months.

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Can Apostilles be obtained for foreign documents in Ireland?

Only Irish public documents can be authenticated with an Apostille. The Department of Foreign Affairs may refuse to authenticate any documents without an appropriate Irish link. All documents must be created in Ireland or show an explicit Irish connection – i.e. full Irish address / CRO company number / Irish government issued identification information.

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How can I obtain an Apostille on an Irish criminal record certificate?

Garda Police Certificates can be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Department of Foreign Affairs. An original paper Police Certificate is required with a wet ink stamp from the issuing A Police Certificate can be issued by the Garda for submission to foreign consular authorities and when required for foreign visas Garda stationExternal link (opens in new tab) and original signature. The certificate must be no more than 12 months old.

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How can I verify an Irish Apostille Stamp?

Apostille stamps issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs on or after 01 January 2013 can be verified online:
Verify an Irish Apostille StampExternal link (opens in new tab)

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How can I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing for a company in Ireland?

A Letter of Good Standing confirms that an Irish company has been in continuous existence since incorporation, is not in liquidation or subject to an administration order, and that no action is being taken to strike the company off the Irish register.

Letters of Good Standing are available from the Companies Registration OfficeExternal link (opens in new tab) and can be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the

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How can I get a quote to certify my documents?

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

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