Acmhainní/Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting

Follow the steps below to complete the vetting process. According to law, every staff members must provide the school principal with vetting disclosure from the Gardaí before they are permitted to work.

Please contact Cormac ( in An Foras’ offices to enquire about the process or the current status of your application.

We have legal agreements with the following organisations and we recognise vetting disclosures from these organisations: DCU, GAA, Marino Institute of Education, Donegal Youth Service.

School Information & Application Form

1. An “invitation form” must be made available to the applicant for completion. Guidelines are available on this form.

Click here to download the invitation form (English version).

If the applicant is between 16 and 18 years of age, they must also complete the NVB3 form also. This form is available here.

2. The applicant must provide the school with documentation verifying their identity. eg. Passport, Driving License, Public Services Card. If the current address does not match the address on the identity card, an electricity/gas bill, etc. will suffice in addition to proof of identity.

3. Once the school has verified the applicants identity with official photo identification, send completed forms in the post to the address on the form or by email to The principal does not need to sign the form.

All subsequent steps of the process will be conducted online. It is at the discretion of the applicant (not An Foras Pátrúnachta) to provide the vetting disclosure to the principal once the process is completed.

Information for Applicants

1. The applicant will complete the invitation form and provide the school with their proof of identity.

2. Once the school has sent the form to An Foras Pátrúnachta, the applicant will receive an email inviting them to go through the vetting process on the Gardaí website.

3. The applicant will have to provide information about themselves on the Garda website. An Foras Pátrúnachta will confirm the application.

4. The applicant will receive a disclosure by email. The disclosure will need to be shared with the school principal by email by printing it.

5. For applicants of 16 to 18 years of age, the NVB3 (here) form must be completed by a parent/guardian in addition to the NVB1 form. Applicants under 16 years of age cannot be processed.


Does this process pertain to teachers?

Disclosures for teachers provided through The Teaching Council are recognised. The process can be completed through An Foras also as our process may be completed faster. 


How long does this process take?

1 week, as long as there is no delay at application level with completing the form.


What happens in the case of applicants 16 – 18 years of age?

In the case of applicants 16 – 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must complete a NVB3 form (availbable here). The applicant must also complete the NVB1 form (available here) and send both forms to An Foras. Applications from those under the age of 16 years are not permitted.


Does the process pertain to parents?

It is mentioned in the Act that parents in schools do not need to be vetted where their presence is on an informal, infrequent basis (e.g. attending the Sports Day, Christmas Play and Open Day). If parents are undertaking formal work, paid work or ongoing work, they should be vetted (e.g. providing dance classes or meeting in the school frequently as the Parents Association).

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