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Registering a foreign birth

At present it takes approximately 6 months to process a completed Foreign Birth Registration application. However, due to the complex nature of the Foreign Birth Registration, it may take up to 12 months to process an application. If you are an expectant parent applying to be entered on the Foreign Birth Register, you should mark this clearly on your application.

Your birth can be entered on the Foreign Births Register if you are eligible to become an Irish citizen. Find out what you need to do before you begin your online application.

You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, and was born on the island of Ireland. You don't need to apply to become an Irish citizen in this case.

If you were born outside of Ireland, you can become an Irish citizen if:

  1. One of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or;
  2. One of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, even though they were not born in Ireland.

In these cases, you can become an Irish citizen through Foreign Birth Registration.

Once a person is entered onto the Foreign Births Register they are an Irish citizen and entitled to apply for an Irish passport.

Documents you must submit with your application:

Your documents:

  • Original (long form) civil Birth Certificate, which shows parents’ details
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate, if applicable - church certificates cannot be accepted
  • Certified/Notarised copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence)
  • Three separate documents showing proof of residence e.g. utility bill, bank correspondence, government correspondence.
  • If applying on behalf of an applicant under 18 years – proof of residence of applicant and three separate documents showing proof of residence of applying parent or guardian, e.g. utility bill, bank correspondence, government correspondence.
  • Your parent’s documents (through whom you’re claiming citizenship)
  • Original (long form) civil Birth Certificate, which shows parents’ details
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate, if applicable - church certificates cannot be accepted
  • Certified/Notarised copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence) original Death Certificate if deceased

Your Irish-born grandparent’s details:

  • Original (long form) civil Birth Certificate, which shows parents’ details
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate, if applicable - church certificates cannot be accepted
  • Certified/Notarised copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence) original Death Certificate if deceased

Translating your documents

Please submit certified translations of any of the documents listed above if the originals are in a language other than English or Irish.

Original documentation

Original documents must be submitted in all cases. Laminated documents are not accepted, except for naturalisation certificates. Original copies or Irish civil records can be obtained on www.certificates.ie.

We may ask you to submit more documents to support your application.

Checklist

When you submit and print your online application form, a checklist of the documents you need will also print out. You need to:

  • Make sure that you have paid online
  • Make sure you’ve included all the documents required plus one photocopy of each document on the checklist with your application

Remember…

If you haven’t included all the requested documents, your application cannot be processed and will be returned to you.

If your parent became an Irish citizen through Foreign Birth Registration or Naturalisation prior to your birth and you were born outside Ireland, you can apply for Foreign Birth Registration.

Documents you must submit with your application:

Your documents:

  • Original (long form) civil Birth Certificate, which shows parents’ details
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate, if applicable - church certificates cannot be accepted
  • Certified/Notarised copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence)
  • Three separate documents showing proof of residence e.g. utility bill, bank correspondence, government correspondence.
  • If applying on behalf of an applicant under 18 years – proof of residence of applicant and three separate documents showing proof of residence of applying parent or guardian, e.g. utility bill, bank correspondence, government correspondence. Proof of parentage or guardianship is also required (if not demonstrated by applicant’s birth certificate).

Your parent’s documents (through whom you’re claiming citizenship)

  • Original (long form) civil Birth Certificate, which shows parents’ details
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate, if applicable - church certificates cannot be accepted
  • Original proof of citizenship (e.g.. Naturalisation, Foreign Birth Registration, or Post Nuptial certificate)
  • Certified/Notarised copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence) original Death Certificate if deceased

Original documents must be submitted in all cases. Laminated documents are not accepted, except for naturalisation certificates. Original copies or Irish civil records can be obtained on www.certificates.ie.

Translating your documents

Please submit certified translations of any of the documents listed above if the originals are in a language other than English or Irish.

Original documentation

Original documents must be submitted in all cases. Laminated documents are not accepted, except for naturalisation certificates. Original copies or Irish civil records can be obtained on www.certificates.ie.

We may ask you to submit more documents to support your application.

Checklist

When you submit and print your online application form, a checklist of the documents you need will also print out. You need to:

  • Make sure that you have paid online
  • Make sure you’ve included all the documents required plus one photocopy of each document on the checklist with your application

Remember…

If you haven’t included all the requested documents, your application cannot be processed and will be returned to you.

You need to submit four passport-sized photographs with your application.

Your witness must sign and date two of these photographs.

If you're applying on behalf of a minor, you also need to submit two passport-sized photographs of yourself. They should also be signed and dated by you and your witness.

Fees

18 years of age and over

  • Registration plus Certificate: €270
  • Non-refundable postage and handling fee: €8
  • Total: €278

Under 18 years of age

  • Registration plus Certificate: €145
  • Non-refundable postage and handling fee: €8
  • Total: €153

Payment methods

  • Payment is made online when you enter your application.

Witnesses

Before you send your application form to the relevant office, you must have it witnessed by an appropriate person.

Who can be a witness?

The witness must either know you personally or know a third party who knows you personally. The witness cannot be related to the applicant,

Your witness can be one of the following:

  • Lawyer
  • Commissioner for Oaths
  • Police Officer
  • Magistrate
  • Judge

You should gather all the required documents prior to completing the online form. Incomplete applications will be returned to you and not processed.

Begin your online Foreign Births Registration application