On 16 February, 2019 the EU Regulation on Public Documents will enter into force and as a result certain public documents will no longer require legalisation and the apostille formality within the EU. This exemption only affects public documents issued by the authorities of a Member State and presented to the authorities of another Member State. These reduced requirements will apply to birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates issued in Ireland by the General Register Office and to the Certificate of Freedom to marry issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade when presented to public authorities in another Member State. If you are seeking an apostille on one of the GRO documents listed above for use in another EU Member State and are unsure of the requirements, please consult the information on the EU Justice portal or contact the Authentications offices in Dublin and Cork at the details below. For enquiries regarding Certificates of Freedom to Marry, please contact the Marriages Abroad team either by phone or by filling out the enquiry form.
To reduce the need for translation within the EU, multilingual standard forms will now be available on request from the GRO for birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates. Further information can be found on the GRO website.
Foreign governments and organisations sometimes require that documents be apostilled or authenticated before they can accept them. In the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade we can apostille or authenticate documents that were created in Ireland for use abroad.
Embassies of Ireland abroad can legalise certain documents that were created abroad so that they are acceptable for use in Ireland.
You should check the position with the relevant Embassy in advance. https://www.dfa.ie/embassies/irish-embassies-abroad/
Public Office and opening hours
A Public Office providing the services are available in the Passport Offices in Dublin and Cork.
The office is Dublin is now located at 42-47 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. The opening hours are 09:30 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 16:00 Monday-Friday. All enquiries regarding the service and the public office in Dublin can be made by calling 01 408 2174.
Information regarding the location and opening hours of the public office in Cork can found under ‘How to Apply’ below.
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).
E-Register Verification of Apostilles and Authentications
The online electronic register enables you to verify the authenticity of an Apostille or Authentication issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland.