The Garda Central Vetting Unit currently undertakes vetting on addresses in Ireland and Northern Ireland only. An applicant for registration, who has resided outside Ireland and/or Northern Ireland for three years or more, in total, after the age of 18, is required to provide the following supporting documentation when submitting his/her Garda Vetting Application Form:
- A certified copy of police clearance from the jurisdiction(s)/state(s) of previous residence referring to the time spent in that country.
- A certified copy of a Certificate of Good Standing or Letter of Professional Standing from the authorised body or competent authority of the country in which the applicant is currently registered e.g. QTS. This is required only if the applicant completed his/her teacher education qualification outside Ireland; and if the applicant is applying for registration in the Primary or Post-Primary sectors. This requirement does not currently apply to applicants wishing to register as a teacher in the Further Education sector.
- Certified Translations must be provided for any of the above documents not written in English or Irish. The Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association/Cumann Aistritheoirí agus Teangairí na hÉireann (ITIA) is the only professional association in Ireland representing the interests of practicing translators and interpreters – visit their website at www.translatorsassociation.ie/.
- Please note that only certified copies of the above documentation should be submitted. Uncertified copies will not be accepted and will be returned with a request for a certified copy. Any original documents received by the Council will be returned by standard post.
- The Council reserves the right to seek a sworn declaration where a satisfactory police/criminal records disclosure is not available. Please note that this Declaration Form is issued by the Teaching Council in restricted circumstances only.