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Garda Vetting Update – 2 April 2019

April 2, 2019

Minimise errors with PDF Garda Vetting forms

To try and minimise errors we have PDF forms available for applicants to fill in for Garda Vetting.

These forms can be filled out online but the signatures must be filled in AFTER the form has been printed out as we need to have original signatures – online signatures and photocopied/emailed forms cannot be accepted. Remember to tick the small consent boxes and put in the correct date.

1) the NVB1 Vetting Invitation form

2) Identification Verification form

The identification verification form requires the owner / manager to write down the type of photographic identification, and the type of proof of address they have on file for the applicant. There is a list of the acceptable documents on the back of the Identification Verification Form.

An owner/manager cannot sign their own Identification Verification form- this must be signed by an assistant manager/board member etc or alternatively they can send us in a copy of their photographic and address identification.

Post these two forms into us at :

Early Childhood Ireland,
Garda Vetting,
Hainault House,
Belgard Square South,
D24 RFV0


Owner Manager Responsibilities

Once you have sent the two Garda Vetting forms into us for an applicant, you should then receive an email from Early Childhood Ireland, stating that the applicant has been sent a link from the National Vetting Bureau (NVB). At this point it is recommended that you contact the potential employee to see if they have received the link from the NVB. If they have not received the link, check their email address and then contact us to check the correct email address is in the system. If it needs amending, we can then change this and another link will be resent to the applicant.


Tracking an application

Once the applicant has submitted their information to the National Vetting Bureau, they can then track their Garda Vetting application by entering their application ID (the long number starting with ECI001………) and their date of birth, on the Garda Vetting webpage.

The Owner/Manager of the service also receives this information at the bottom of the email notification they receive, so they can also track the application. Make sure there are no spaces put in before or after the application ID number as it may not work.


Overseas Police Clearance / Police Vetting

All childcare staff need to be Garda vetted prior to commencing employment and Police vetting is also required for people who have lived in a state or country outside of Ireland for more than 6 consecutive months. The Garda vetting that we process in Early Childhood Ireland only covers addresses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

 If you hire an employee from another country or you are hiring an Irish employee who has resided in countries outside of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for a period of 6 months or more, it is mandatory for them to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate from those countries stating that they have no convictions recorded against them while residing there. This should all be done PRIOR to the person commencing employment in the childcare service.

We have some useful links and more information on overseas police clearance here.

As always you can contact us  on 01 405 7102 if you require any clarification or assistance.


For more information see the Garda Vetting Section on our website.

Contact the Garda Vetting Department on 01 405 7102.


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