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If you have spent a cumulative period of 12 months or more living outside of the Republic of Ireland  after the age of 18, you must provide a copy of national police clearance for each country where you lived.

The certificates must cover the entire period of residence in each country.

You can use our guiding information below to support you.

The process for getting police clearance differs from country to country. For example, you may need to be a citizen of the country or resident in the country at the time of making the request for police clearance.

Guidance information only

You should always check the website of the relevant country’s embassy or consulate office for up-to-date information.

If the relevant country is not listed, contact the embassy of the country for assistance.

The Teaching Council is not responsible for the content of the links provided.

Organisation or Body: Republic of Albania Ministry of Justice

Website: Contact Embassy of Ireland, Greece | Embassy of Ireland, Greece | | Ireland – this is Ireland


Organisation or Body: Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos

Website: Registro Nacional de Reincidencia |


Organisation or Body: Australian Federal Police

Website: Australian Federal Police (

Organisation or Body: Austria’s digital government agency

Website: – Startseite

Organisation or Body: Royal Bahamas Police Force

Website: Home Page- Royal Bahamas Police Force

Organisation or Body: Embassy of Belgium in Dublin

Website: Home page | FPS Foreign Affairs – Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (

Organisation or Body: Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to Ireland


Organisation or Body: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Website: Criminal record checks | Royal Canadian Mounted Police (


Organisation or Body: Servico de Registro Civil e Identificación

Website: Servicio de Registro Civil


Organisation or Body: The Public Security Bureau (PSB) of China

Residents: Apply to your local Public Security Bureau.

Non-residents: Contact the Teaching Council.

Organisation or Body: Criminal Record Office of the Cyprus Police

Website: Cyprus Police | Crime Combating Department

Organisation or Body: Danish Police

Website: Certificate of criminal record | | Danish police (

Organisation or Body: Dubai Police

Website: Police Clearance Certificate (


Organisation or Body: The Finnish Police

Website: Finnish Country Signing Certificate Authority (CSCA) – Police (

Organisation or Body: Federal Office of Justice

Website: BfJ – Startseite (

Organisation or Body: The National Criminal Records Portal

Website: Main Page (


Organisation or Body: Ministry of Justice

Website: Ministero della giustizia


Organisation or Body: Metropolitan Police Department Japan

Website: ページが見つかりません 警視庁 (


Organisation or Body: Korean National Police Agency

Website: 경찰청 (


Organisation or Body: Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Ireland

Website: Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Ministry of Foreign Affairs (

Organisation or Body: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Website: Official Portal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia – Portal (

Organisation or Body: Ministry of Justice

Website: Ministry of Justice | New Zealand Ministry of Justice

Organisation or Body: Nigeria Police Force

Website: Nigeria Police Character Certificate | ngEmbassy

Organisation or Body: The Ministry of Justice

Website: Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwości – Portal (

Organisation or Body: E Portugal portal

Website: Request a criminal record certificate of an individual (

Organisation or Body: Ministry of Administration and Home Affairs

Website: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (


Organisation or Body: Ministry of Interior Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Website: Riyadh Police (

Organisation or Body: Crime Register of the Attorney General’s Office

Website: Generálna prokuratúra (


Organisation or Body: South African Police Service

Website: Services | SAPS (South African Police Service)

Organisation or Body: Ministry of Justice Madrid

Website: Certificado de Antecedentes Penales – Trámites – Sede Electrónica (

Organisation or Body: Swedish National Police Board

Website: Police Record Extracts | The Swedish Police Authority (


Organisation or Body: Federal Office of Justice

Website: Order criminal records excerpt – Criminal records excerpts (

Organisation or Body: Thai Embassy

Website: Police Clearance Service Center (

Organisation or Body: Ministerie van Justitie (Letter required from The Teaching Council)

Website: How do I apply for a certificate of conduct (VOG)? |

Organisation or Body: ACRO Criminal Records Office

Website: ICP Certificates (

An International Child Protection Certificate is required for registration with the Teaching Council.


Organisation or Body: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Website: МВС України (

Organisation or Body: Ministry of Interior

Website: Ministry of Interior United Arab Emirates (

Clearance can be sought from the Ministry of Interior United Arab Emirates for the following emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Qaiwan.

Organisation or Body: FBI background check

Website: Rap Sheets (Identity History Summary Checks) — FBI