A Police Certificate is a statement about you issued by the Gardai. 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. This does not include adult cautions.
You can only get a Police Certificate in certain circumstances. They are issued when required by Consular Authorities. For example, Police Certificates are often required before you can apply for a visa to visit or travel to other countries. They are not issued for employment or any other purpose. However, they can be issued for the setting up or registering a business in another EU Member State.
Requests for Police Certificates are not processed in your local Garda station but instead, are sent to the Superintendent for the district where you live or used to live. Your completed Police Certificate will be issued directly from the district office and it can take up to three weeks for it to be issued.
There is no charge for a Police Certificate.
You should make your application in writing to the Superintendent in charge of the district where you live. If you no longer live in Ireland, write to the Superintendent for the district where you use to live. If you leave your application into your local Garda station for forwarding to the Superintendent for the district, you should take note of the Garda's name or shoulder number.
Your application in writing should include the following:
You should also include with your application:
Your application will take approximately three weeks to process.
Generally speaking, if you are an Irish person living abroad it is not possible to obtain a Police Certificate from Ireland unless you require it:
In the above instances, write to the Superintendent of your police district here in Ireland and request a Police Certificate.
However, if you are living abroad and require a Police Certificate from Ireland for something like a job, you could get in touch with the local police in the country where you now live. Explain to them what you require and they may get in touch on your behalf with your nearest police station here in Ireland and request this information.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.