Garda Vetting

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 is a legislative basis for police vetting in Ireland.

The legislation allows for the inclusion of additional personal data to enable the verification of identity.  It also places a responsibility on the organisation requesting the vetting to be undertaken to validate the identity of the individual before requesting vetting to be undertaken.

The minimum points threshold to meet the legal requirements is 100 points. Acceptable documentation and the points for each are listed below.

Original documents may be submitted or alternatively certified copies are acceptable – i.e. copy-documents must be certified by either a practicing Solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths, Notary Public, Peace Commissioner. The certification should contain an endorsement (signature, date and stamp or registration number) on the copy documentation stating that they are true copies of the original documents and that the originals have been sighted by the certifier.

Photographic Identification Score
Irish driving licence or learner permit (new credit card format) 80
Irish Public Services Card 80
Passport (from country of citizenship) 70
Irish certificate of naturalisation 50
Birth certificate 50
Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card 50
National Identity Card for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens 50
Irish driving licence or learner permit (old paper format) 40
Employment Identification
ID card issued by employer (with name and address) 35
ID card issued by employer (name only) 25
Letters from employers (within last two years)
Confirming name and address 35
P60 or P45 or Payslip (with home address) 35
Membership Cards
Club, union or trade, professional bodies 25
Educational institution 25
Other Correspondence
Utility bill e.g. gas, electricity, television, broadband (must not be less than 6 months old. Printed online bills are acceptable. Mobile phone bills are not acceptable) 35
Public services card/social services card/medical card - no photograph 25
Public services card/social services card/medical card – which includes photograph 40
Bank/Building Society/Credit Union statement 35
(Statements from Store cards/catalogue companies are not acceptable)
Credit/debit cards/passbooks (only one per institution) 25
National age card (issued by An Garda Siochana) 25
From an educational institution/SUSI/CAO 20
From an insurance company regarding an active policy 20
From a bank/credit union or government body or state agency 20

 To complete your Garda vetting form online, please click here.