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Christmas Opening Hours – Appointments at Lower Mount Street, Dublin

The following days relate to our appointments service from our office, which is located at 42-47 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

Please find details of our opening hours over the Christmas period. No appointment will be necessary on the below days, and a maximum of 5 documents can be processed at the counter on the day. If there are more than 5 documents, we will treat the documents as our normal drop-off service.

Date Hours
15th December 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
23rd December 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
26th December Closed (Stephens Day)
27th December Closed (Christmas Day observed)
28th December 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
29th December 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
30th December 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
2nd January Closed (New Years Day)

Overview

When using Irish documents overseas, for business or personal reasons, you might need to 'authenticate' or 'Apostille' them. The Department of Foreign Affairs are the competent authority who confirm that a signature, seal or stamp is from an Irish public official / body, and who issue a physical apostille or authentication stamp on the document. Authenticating / apostilling a document doesn't mean that the Department of Foreign Affairs is verifying that its contents are accurate or that the Department approves of its contents.

Irish public documents (including notarised, private company documents with a clear Irish link) can be authenticated.

We cannot advise on whether a document requires authentication. This is a matter for individual to find out. Contact the authorities in the country where the document will be used.

Only the Authentications Section based in Dublin / Cork can carry this out. Embassies and Consulates cannot issue an Apostille or authentication stamp. 

How to apply

What you need: 

Whichever way you apply, you are required to include the following:

  • The document you want to authenticate / apostille
  • cover letter with the following information
    • Your name
    • The country you intend to use the document
    • A phone number (required for credit / debit card payments)
    • A contact email
    • Address where documents are to be returned (if via post / drop in service)
  • The fee

Fees

The fee is €40 per stamp issued. Fees for Adoption Packs are €100, and export documents are €10. This includes postage. More information can be found in our FAQ's.

Payment can be made by Irish bank draft or postal order, or we will contact you at the number provided for payment by credit/debit card.  Bank drafts can be made payable to the Department of Foreign Affairs. 

We do not accept cash or AMEX cards.

We are currently offering three types of service:

  1. Post (for customers worldwide)
  2. Drop-off service (Dublin Offices at St Stephens Green and Lower Mount St)
  3. Urgent / Emergency appointment service (Lower Mount St office only)

Information on turnaround times for each service is included below.

If you are living abroad and want to apostille or authenticate a document created in Ireland, you have to apply to the Dublin office. Embassies or Honorary Consulates cannot do this.

1. Postal Service

We are currently accepting documents by post. Our turnaround times for this service is, on average, five to seven working days from date of receipt.

Send your documents by registered post, and make a note of the tracking number. Documents will be returned by registered post. We bear no responsibility if your item does not arrive to our offices.

Post documents to:

Rest of Ireland and Worldwide Munster Region

Authentication Section

Consular Division

Department of Foreign Affairs

80 St. Stephen's Green

Dublin 2

D02 VY53

Authentication Section

Consular Division

Department of Foreign Affairs

1a South Mall

Cork

T12 TA46

 

2. Drop-off service (Dublin Only)

You can drop documents, a cover letter and the appropriate fee to our Dublin Offices. They will be returned by registered post. Our turnaround times for this service is, on average, three to five working days from date of receipt.

This service is not available from our Cork Office.

Write "Authentications Unit" on your envelope, or the post may not reach our office.

There are two drop-off locations operating between 9 am – 5pm weekdays:

Authentications Unit, Knockmaun House, 42-47 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2

Authentications Unit, Iveagh House, 80 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2

 

3. Appointments (Dublin Only) for urgent cases

We are operating an appointment service from our office based at 42 – 47 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. The following rules apply:

  1. Appointments can be booked via our contact us form  - please include an approximate time, date and a list of documents you have (including whether they are notarised).
  2. A maximum of five documents can be authenticated / apostilled.
  3. If you have more than 5 documents, you can use our drop-off service and request collection.
  4. We have a target turnaround time of 30 minutes while you wait.  
  5. Opening hours are:
    • 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
    • 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm
  6. Appointments can be booked up to a week in advance.
  7. If your documents are not required urgently, we ask that you use our postal service.

Contact Us

Enquiries regarding the service can be directed here. The mailbox is monitored during work hours. If your request is extremely urgent, please contact us by phone.

Our phone lines are open weekdays between 9.30 am – 12.30 pm at +353 (1) 408 2174. 

Verify an Apostille or Authentication Stamp

The online electronic register enables you to verify the authenticity of an Apostille or Authentication stamp issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland.

Payment can be made by Irish bank draft or postal order, or we will contact you at the number provided for payment by credit/debit card.  Bank drafts can be made payable to the Department of Foreign Affairs. 

We do not accept cash or AMEX cards.