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Registering a foreign birth

Applications for Foreign Birth Registration can take six months to process from the date of receipt of a completed application with all the required supporting documentation.

You can register your birth 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.

Eligibility

An application for Irish citizenship through Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) can be submitted by any person with a grandparent born in any part of Ireland or by any person whose parent received Irish citizenship prior to the birth of the applicant.

Grandparent born in Ireland

Documents you must submit with your application:

Your documents:

  • Original long form civil Birth Certificate (plus photocopy)
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate (plus photocopy) - 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)
  • If 18 years or over - two separate documents showing proof of residence e.g. phone bill, gas/electricity bill.
  • If under 18 years – A school report/doctor’s letter showing proof of residence of applicant and two separate proofs of residence for the applying Irish parent.

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

  • Original long form civil Birth Certificate (plus photocopy)
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate (plus photocopy) - Church certificates cannot be accepted
  • Certified/Notarized copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence) or original Death Certificate if deceased (plus photocopy)

Your Irish-born grandparent’s details:

  • Original long form civil Birth Certificate (plus photocopy)
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate (plus photocopy) - Church certificates cannot be accepted
  • Certified/Notarized copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence) or original Death Certificate if deceased (plus photocopy)

Translating your documents

Please submit certified translations of any of the documents (plus a photocopy of each document) listed above if the originals are in a language other than English or Irish.

Further documentation

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 may be returned to you.

Parent an Irish citizen

If your parent was an Irish citizen through naturalisation, adoption or Foreign Birth Registration at the time of your birth, you can apply for Foreign Birth Registration.

Documents you must submit with your application:

Your documents

  • Original long form civil Birth Certificate (plus photocopy)
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate (plus photocopy) - 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)
  • If 18 years or over - two separate documents showing proof of residence e.g. phone bill, gas/electricity bill.
  • If under 18 years – A school report/doctor’s letter showing proof of residence of applicant and two separate proofs of residence for the applying Irish parent

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

  • Original long form Civil Birth Certificate (plus photocopy)
  • Original Citizenship certificate (ie. Naturalisation or Foreign Birth Registration or Post Nuptial Certificate)
  • Original civil Marriage Certificate (plus photocopy) - Church certificates cannot be accepted
  • Certified/Notarized copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence) or
  • Original Death Certificate if Deceased (plus photocopy)

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 (plus a photocopy of each document) listed above if the originals are in a language other than English or Irish.

Further documentation

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 may be returned to you.

Photos

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

Your witness must sign and date 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.

Additional Requirements

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 to be made when you enter your application online.

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:

  • Member of the Clergy
  • Medical Doctor
  • School Principal
  • Bank Manager
  • Solicitor/Lawyer/Commissioner for Oaths
  • Police Officer
  • Magistrate/Judge

Apply

We strongly encourage you to gather all the required documents prior to completing the online form – incomplete applications will not be accepted

Begin your online Foreign Births Registration application