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Foreign Births Registration - Guidelines for Applicants Resident in the Western USA

You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland.

You can become an Irish citizen if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or you can become an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, but was not born in Ireland. If you're eligible, you can register your birth on the Foreign Births Register.

From Monday 17th February 2014, Foreign Births Registrations/Citizenship Applications for the 13 Western United States (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam & the Mariana) are processed from our central processing facility in Ireland. Once applicants have completed the online application form and gathered the necessary documents, these should be sent to:

FBR Processing
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
80 St Stephens's Green
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 VY53

Payment is to be made, by credit card only, to the central processing facility in Ireland once your application has been approved.

The reason for this change is to expedite processing times. From Monday 17th February 2014, FBR applications should be sent to the address above and not to the Consulate in San Francisco; applications sent to the Consulate will be returned to the applicant. All queries in relation to FBRs should be addressed to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Dublin by email.

The steps below will help you with your 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.

Supporting Documents

You need to include personal details about yourself and your family in your online application to confirm that you’re entitled to Irish citizenship.

All the information you need can be found on the supporting documentation that you’ll have to submit with your application form.

Once you begin your online application, you have to complete it fully. You can’t save your details and finish it later. So make sure you have these documents to hand before you start:

You will need:

Your details

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married) - Church certificates are NOT acceptable
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate ( if remarried)
  • Deed poll (if you’ve changed your name)
  • Certified/Notarized Copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence)
  • If over 18 years - Three 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 three separate proofs of residence for the applying Irish parent.

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

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married) - Church certificates are NOT acceptable
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate ( if remarried)
  • Certified/Notarized Copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence)
  • Original Death Certificate if Deceased
  • Deed poll (if they ever changed their name)
  • Declaration of Alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish citizenship)

You may also need:

Depending on the circumstances under which you’re claiming Irish citizenship, you may also need:

Your Irish-born grandparent’s details

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married) - Church certificates are NOT acceptable
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate ( if remarried
  • Certified/Notarized Copy of the photograph page of current passport or state issued identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence)
  • Original Death Certificate if Deceased
  • Deed poll (if they ever changed their name)
  • Declaration of Alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish citizenship)

Your parent’s Naturalisation Certificate

  • Date of their naturalisation
  • Number of their naturalisation certificate

Your parent’s Foreign Births Registration Certificate

  • Date on which their birth was registered on the Foreign Births Register
  • Office from which their registration was issued
  • Foreign Births Entry Number (found on the certificate)

Your parent’s Post-Nuptial Declaration

  • Date on which their Post Nuptial Declaration was granted
  • Number of their Post Nuptial Declaration Certificate

Your parent’s adoption details

  • Date of their adoption

Further documentation

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

Authentication

We may check the authenticity of all documentation you submit as part of your application.

Getting replacement documents

We need original documents (not photocopies) to process your application. If you don’t have the original certificates, you can get replacements from the General Register Office (GRO) Ireland.

To obtain Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates in the USA, please contact the relevant State Register Office or visit www.vitalchek.com

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 you’ve included all the documents on the checklist in your application
  • Sign and date the checklist
  • Post it to us with your application form and supporting documentation

Remember…

If you haven’t included all the necessary documents, your application will be returned to you.

 

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 be from one of the following professions only and:
(a) Must be currently residing and practicing in the USA
(b) Must not be related in any way to the Applicant
(c) Must either know you personally or know a third party who knows you personally

  • Member of the clergy
  • Medical Doctor
  • School Principal
  • Bank Manager
  • Solicitor/Lawyer
  • Police Officer
  • Magistrate/Judge
  • Notary public

Your witness needs to:

  • Fully complete Section E of your application form - 'Certificate of Identity'
  • Sign your two passport-sized photographs (if under 18, parent must also sign the photographs)
  • Witness you signing Section D of your application form
  • Indicate on the form specifically whether they personally know you, or otherwise that you have been identified by a third party known to them.
  • Provide a business/work address and contact number. Private addresses for witnessed are not accepted.

Remember…

If your application hasn’t been properly witnessed, it will 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.

Fees

Over 18 years of age

  • Registration: €270

Under 18 years of age

  • Registration: €145

Submitting your application

Once you have completed your online application, print out and submit your application with all required documents to:

FBR Processing
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
80 St Stephen's Green
Dublin 2 Ireland
D02 VY53

Payment is to be made, by credit card only, to the central processing facility in Ireland once your application has been approved.

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