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Foreign Births Registration - Guidelines for Applicants Resident in Germany

We have moved to online payments for applications for Foreign Birth Registration. Please have your debit/credit card details and all the required supporting documents ready before you begin your application. Further information can be found under the Supporting Documents section below.

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

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:

Original documents must be submitted in all cases – photocopies or laminates are not accepted

Your details

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married)
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate (if remarried)
  • Deed poll (if you’ve changed your name)
  • Copy of current EU Passport / Copy of Non EU Passport certified by the relevant Embassy
  • 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)
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate ( if remarried)
  • Declaration of Alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish citizenship)
  • Copy of current EU Passport / Certified Copy of Non EU Passport certified by the relevant Embassy
  • 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)
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate ( if remarried)
  • Declaration of Alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish citizenship)
  • Copy of current EU Passport / Certified Copy of Non EU Passport certified by the relevant Embassy
  • 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.

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.

Witnessing your application

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 Germany

(b) Must not be related in any way to the Applicant

  • Police Officer (including Station Stamp if available)
  • Members of the Clergy (We define a member of the Clergy as a person who can officiate at Ceremonies e.g. Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals etc.)
  • Medical Doctor
  • Solicitor
  • Bank Manager/Building Society Manager
  • School Principal/Head Teacher
  • Head of Department at University/College
  • Magistrate/Judge

The witness must either know you personally or know a third party who knows you personally.

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.

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

Under 18 years of age

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

Payment methods

Payment is made by debit/credit card as part of the online application process.

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