Registering a foreign birth

The Foreign Births Register is for persons who can apply to become Irish citizens through their Irish-born grandparents or their parent who was an Irish citizen at the time of their birth, but was not born in Ireland.

Find out what you need to do before you begin your online application using the guidelines below.

Eligibility

You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, and was born on the island of Ireland. You don't need to apply to become an Irish citizen in this case.

If you were born outside of Ireland, you can become an Irish citizen if:

  1. One of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or;
  2. One of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, even though they were not born in Ireland.

In these cases, you can become an Irish citizen through Foreign Birth Registration.

Once a person is entered onto the Foreign Births Register they are an Irish citizen and entitled to apply for an Irish passport.

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Adult applicant

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Minor applicant

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Photos

You need to submit four passport-sized photographs with your application.

Your witness must sign and date two of these photographs.

If you're applying on behalf of a minor, you also need to submit four passport-sized photographs of yourself. They should also be signed and dated by you and your witness.

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Witnesses

Before you send your application form to the relevant office, you must have it witnessed by an appropriate person who is personally know to you but is not a relation.

The same witness should witness the form and two of the photographs and use their official stamp on the form. They should also certify a photocopy of the applicant's state-issued photographic identity document as a true copy of the original.

If the witness does not have an official stamp you should supply a business card for them.

Who can witness the application form and photographs?

The witness can be one of the following, who is personally known to you and currently practicing in their profession:

  • Garda Síochána/ Police Officer
  • School Principal/ Vice Principal/ Teacher/ School Secretary/ Pre-school Manager/ Montessori Teacher/ Lecturer
  • Member of Clergy
  • Medical Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist
  • Lawyer
  • Notary Public/ Commissioner for Oaths
  • Peace Commissioner
  • Bank Manager/ Assistant Bank Manager or Credit Union Manager or Assistant Manager
  • Accountant
  • Elected Public Representative
  • Vet
  • Chartered Engineer
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Fees

18 years of age and over

  • Registration plus Certificate: €270
  • Non-refundable postage and handling fee: €8
  • Total: €278

Under 18 years of age

  • Registration plus Certificate: €145
  • Non-refundable postage and handling fee: €8
  • Total: €153

Payment methods

  • Payment is made online when you enter your application.
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Apply online

You should gather all the required documents prior to completing the online form. Incomplete applications will be returned to you and not processed.

Were either of your parents born on the island of Ireland?

If you were born outside Ireland to a parent born on the island of Ireland, you are already an Irish citizen and may apply for an Irish passport.

Passport application

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Notes on application

If an expectant parent is not on the Foreign Births Register when the child is born, the child will not be entitled to Irish citizenship.

Applications for Foreign Birth Registration are processed in strict date order. This process is currently taking approximately 9 months. 

If you are an expectant parent and your child may be born before your application is processed in line with the timeline above, you may contact the Passport Service Customer Service Hub on +353 1 568 3331 to make an urgent request. 

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Frequently asked questions about foreign birth registration

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Applying for a replacement Foreign Birth Registration Certificate

If your Foreign Birth Registration certificate has been lost or stolen you canapply for a replacement Foreign Birth Registration Certificate

You will then need to forward via post the documents indicated on the relevant list below to:

FBR Replacement Certificates

Foreign Births Registration Section

PO BOX 13003

Balbriggan

Co. Dublin

Ireland

Please ensure that you have all the required documents listed below before you submit your application.

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Contact us

If you are an expectant parent and your child may be born before your application is processed in line with the timeline above, you may contact the Passport Service Customer Service Hub on +353 1 568 3331 to make an urgent request. 

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