Overseas Police Clearance

Only applicants for registration must submit overseas documentation if they have spent a cumulative period of 36 months abroad since the age of 18.

Registered teachers being vetted for employment or for registration renewal (re-vetting) do not need to provide overseas clearance.

The National Vetting Bureau currently undertakes vetting on addresses in Ireland and Northern Ireland only. An applicant for registration who has lived overseas for a cumulative period of three years (36 months) or more after the age of 18 must provide a certified* copy of police clearance for each country in which they have resided. These clearance certificates must cover the entire period of residence in each country.

Only certified copies of police clearance documentation should be submitted. Applicants should note that uncertified documents and photocopies will not be accepted. 

A list of countries and organisations has been prepared to assist you in obtaining police clearance.

Exceptional circumstances

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 the following restricted circumstances only:-

  • the Teaching Council is aware that police clearance is only obtainable by residents of the country concerned
  • the applicant resided in the country for a period of less than six months
  • the applicant was travelling through the country and had no fixed address
  • the applicant resided in the country more than 10 years ago
  • the country is at war or experiencing political upheaval or
  • the applicant has provided correspondence demonstrating that police clearance cannot be obtained.

*Certification consists of an endorsement (signature, stamp and date) on the actual copy, which states that an appropriate person, i.e., a member of An Garda Síochána (police) or a solicitor/commissioner for oaths has sighted the original document and believes the copy to be a true copy of that document.