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Garda Vetting Update 19 January 2021

Garda Vetting and GNVB Registration Number

June 16, 2020

Please send us in your Garda Vetting applications as normal, you don’t need to wait for the GNVB number. Only new ECI members from January 2020 need to get their GNVB number first. So send them to us at or post them to Early Childhood Ireland Garda Vetting, Hainault House, Belgard Square South, Tallaght, D24 RFV0. There should be an Identification Verification form and a Vetting Invitation form for each applicant.

For those Garda vetting applications that are emailed to us, we ask that you post the forms to us in the office when settings reopen, as we need the original signatures of the applicant on the Vetting Invitation, and the owner/manager’s signature on the Identification Verification form.

If you are a new Early Childhood Ireland member you have to apply for your GNVB registration number prior to sending in Garda vetting as you will not be registered on the National Vetting Bureau system.

We encourage all ECI members to apply for your GNVB number now, as this will be compulsory in the future, as part of the process to confirm good governance and compliance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016.

Every early childhood setting and after-school provider will need their own unique GNVB Affiliate Registration Number, so if you have more than one setting you will need to apply for a GNVB number for each one.


How to apply for a Garda National Vetting Bureau Affiliate Registration Number:

     1. Please email the Garda National Vetting bureau at requesting a  GNVB             Affiliate Registration Number and giving the following information:

  • Early Childhood Ireland Membership Number
  • Name and business address of your organisation
  • Contact person within the organisation
  • The nature of your business e.g. early childhood service; afterschool setting

*Multiple Services – This process must be completed for each individual membership number as each service needs their own GNVB Affiliate Registration Number.


  1. The Garda Vetting Bureau will then post you an application form which you fill in and return to them. If you have any queries about filling in the form you can phone the Garda National Vetting Bureau on 1890 488488.


  1. Once you have sent them the completed form, they will then issue you with your GNVB Affiliate Registration Number. This could take up to 2 weeks.


  1. When you receive your GNVB Affiliate Registration Number please email us with this number at or phone 01 405 7102.
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