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Registering a foreign birth

Please note that from 2 November 2016, we have now moved to online payments for applications processed in Ireland and the majority of our Embassies and Consulates abroad for Foreign Birth Registration*. If you are paying online, please have your debit/credit card details and the required supporting documents ready before you begin your application. Further information can be found under the Supporting Documents Section.

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

*The next phase for implementation of the online payments will be extended to the following Missions shortly. Please check back here or directly to Mission websites for further information.

Contact details for our Embassies and Consulates

Consulate General Hong Kong

Embassy Ankara

Embassy Budapest

Embassy Buenos Aires

Embassy Cairo

Embassy Kampala

Embassy Mexico

Embassy Nicosia

Embassy Singapore

Embassy Sofia

Embassy Riyadh

Embassy Valletta

Applications to the following Embassy and Consular Offices will not be included in the new online payment system. You should contact that office directly or visit their website for information on payment methods for your application. Contact our Embassies and Consulates.

 

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

Before you begin your online application registration process, make sure you're eligible for Irish citizenship.

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 or was deemed to be an Irish citizen prior to the birth of the applicant.

Is your parent (through whom you are claiming citizenship) an Irish citizen through:

  • A parent born in Ireland?
  • Naturalisation?
  • Post-nuptial citizenship?
  • Foreign birth registration?
  • Adoption?

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. Original copies of Irish civil records can be obtained on www.Certificates.ie

Please include a photocopy of all the original Certificates being submitted.

Your details

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate (plus photocopy)
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married) - Church certificates are NOT acceptable (plus photocopy)
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate (if remarried) (plus photocopy)
  • Deed poll (if you’ve changed your name). Original must be submitted and must have been valid for at least two years (plus photocopy). Three documents showing proof of usage in the newly acquired name - e.g. Bank Statements, Utility Bills that are at least two years old - must also accompany the deed poll.
  • Certified/Notarized Copy of current passport or identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence)
  • If over 18 years - 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 details (through whom you’re claiming citizenship)

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate (plus photocopy)
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married) - Church certificates are NOT acceptable (plus photocopy)
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate (if remarried) (plus photocopy)
  • Declaration of Alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish citizenship)
  • Certified/Notarized Copy of current passport or identity document (eg Driver’s Licence)
  • Original Death Certificate if Deceased (plus photocopy)
  • Deed poll (if they ever changed their name). Original must be submitted and must have been valid for at least two years. Three documents showing proof of usage in the newly acquired name - e.g. Bank Statements, Utility Bills that are at least two years old - must also accompany the deed poll.

Your Irish-born grandparent’s details

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate (plus photocopy)
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married) - Church certificates are NOT acceptable (plus photocopy)
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate ( if remarried) (plus photocopy)
  • Declaration of Alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish citizenship)
  • Certified/Notarized Copy of current passport or identity document (e.g. Driver's Licence)
  • Original Death Certificate if Deceased (plus photocopy)
  • Deed poll (if they ever changed their name). Original must be submitted and must have been valid for at least two years (plus photocopy). Two documents showing proof of usage in the newly acquired name - e.g. Bank Statements, Utility Bills that are at least two years old - must also accompany the deed poll.

If the parent of the applicant acquired Irish Citizenship through one of the following methods before their child was born, the child may apply for Foreign Birth Registration in addition to the documents for Applicant & Parent above we will require one of the following documents.

Your parent’s Naturalisation Certificate (plus photocopy)

Your parent’s Foreign Births Registration Certificate (plus photocopy)

Your parent’s Post-Nuptial Declaration (plus photocopy)

Your parent’s adoption details

Translating your documents

Please submit certified translations of any of the documents (plus a photocopy of each document) lited 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.

Authentication

We may check the authenticity of all documentation you submit as part of 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:

  • If applicable, make sure that you have paid online
  • Make sure you’ve included all the documents plus one photocopy of each docuemnt on the checklist in your application
  • Sign and date the checklist
  • Post it to the following address with your application form and supporting documentation

Foreign Births Registration
Consular Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
80. St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 VY53

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 either know you personally or know a third party who knows you personally.

Your witness can be one of the following:

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

Your witness needs to:

  • Complete Section E of your application form - ‘Certificate of Identity’
  • Sign your two passport-sized photographs
  • Witness you signing Section D of your application form

Remember…

If your application hasn’t been properly witnessed, it will be returned to you.

Photos

Two passport-sized photos

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

Signed and dated

Both you and your witness must sign and date these photographs.

Applying on behalf of a minor?

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.

Remember...

If your photos haven’t been properly signed and dated, your application will be returned to you.

Fees

Over 18 years of age

  • 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 by an online payment when you enter your application online.

Living abroad

Visit your nearest Irish Embassy website for contact details of the office that will be processing your application for Foreign Birth Registration.

Apply now

Begin your online Foreign Births Registration application