How to get an Apostille Certificate

A requirement for many work visa applications is to get an apostille certificate to prove that certain documents are authentic. The cost of getting a document apostilled is low and is a must-do for many who aspire to work abroad.

Why is an Apostille Certificate important?

Any nation that acknowledges the apostille certificate will also recognise that the document attached to it is genuine, such as a work visa or police check. It is necessary because it proves to the country you are applying to that your document is authentic as it has received approval from your own government.

However, apostilled documents only apply to the nations which have signed to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961. Only the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has the ability to issue apostille certificates.

applying for apostille

What you need to know:

  • Document must have been created in Ireland or have Irish links
  • Documents from another country must be verified by that nation’s respective Irish embassy
  • All documents require signature or any formal method of identification from an Irish official

Apostille Certificate Application Method:

Applying for an apostille certificate is quick and easy. If you need your document authenticated, call one of the following offices:

Authentication Section
2nd Floor
Passport Office Building
Molesworth Street
Dublin 2
D02 H212

Telephone number: 01 408 2174

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

9:30am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Consular Services Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
1A South Mall
T12 TA46

Telephone number: 021 4944765/021 4944766

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

9:30am to 1:00pm and 2:30pm to 4:00pm


Conversely, you can send in your document by post to the following address.

Authentication Section
Consular Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
80 St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2
D02 VY53

If you send your apostille application by post, you must add a covering letter with:

  • your name
  • return address
  • telephone number
  • the name of the country the document is for use in
  • the fee

Apostille Costs:

An apostille stamp will cost €40.

Methods of payment are:

  • Cash
  • Bank draft
  • Irish Postal order
  • Credit/debit card

Important: Cheques and Electronic Fees Transfers are NOT accepted.

The apostille certificate will be glued onto the back of the document with the country of origin’s official seal stamped on. Your document will now be ready to be sent to its destination.

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