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How to apply

Applying in Ireland

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Authentications/Apostilles Public Offices in Dublin and Cork are closed until further notice.

We are accepting documents by post. 

Postal Address

Authentications Section
Consular Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
80 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2
D02 VY53

Or (in the Munster region)

Authentication Section
1a South Mall
T12 TA46

You should submit documents by registered post and include a brief covering letter giving:

  • your name
  • return address
  • telephone number
  • the name of the country the document(s) are for use in
  • the appropriate fee


Each Apostille/Authentication stamp is €40, with the exception of documents directly relating to the export of goods, which are €10 each.

Adoption Dossiers are €100 for the original pack, regardless of the number of labels required.  Additional documents relating to this original pack are free of charge.

Post Placement Reports are €40 for each report (usually up to four post placement reports)

Methods of payment

You can pay by:

Bank draft (drawn on a bank in Ireland and payable to the 'Department of Foreign Affairs')

Irish Postal order (payable to the 'Department of Foreign Affairs')

Credit/debit card (you will receive a phone call when the document is being processed and can pay over the phone)

Applying Outside Ireland

If you are living abroad and want to apostille or authenticate a document created in Ireland, the process is the same as for people living in Ireland: you have to apply to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade directly – see instructions above re sending applications by post. This cannot be done via the Embassy or the Honorary Consulates.

If you are living abroad and need to have a statutory declaration or affidavit witnessed, a Notary Public in your area should be able to assist you.