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Garda Vetting

What is Garda Vetting?

Garda vetting is process of checking a person’s background to see if there are any issues which would make him/her unsuitable to work or volunteer in an environment with children and/or vulnerable adults.
The person being vetted (the applicant) gives written authorisation for An Garda Síochána to disclose to TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus details of all prosecutions, successful or not, pending or completed recorded in the State at the time of application.

Why is Garda Vetting Required

Various courses require students to be Garda vetted. To ensure the protection of the public and to justify public trust and confidence, the Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake specific parts of the programmes.

Without satisfactory Garda clearance, students may be unable to complete the work placement module or other specific modules where Garda vetting is required and consequently be unable to complete their course or receive an award.

How will I know if I need to complete the Garda vetting process?

If you are a student on any of the following courses, you must be Garda vetted:

  • Social Care
  • Community and Youth Development
  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Sports Management
  • Horticulture

This list may be added to should the need arise for students on other courses to be vetted.


How do I apply for Garda Vetting?

All first year students on the above courses are required to:

  • Download and complete the Garda Vetting Invitation NVB Form(s) and Checklist
    Click here to download
  • Students who are under 18 also need to have the Parental Consent Form (NVB3) completed by a parent or guardian
  • Post or deliver the completed form(s), along with a photocopy of one of the following documents, to the address on form:

                 a) Passport
                 b) Irish Public Services Card
                 c) Driver's License (credit card style only)


How long will it take?

Once the student’s information has been inputted into the Garda vetting system, an email will be sent to the students e-mail account with log in details to the Garda e-vetting portal. Students have 30 days to complete their on-line application before the invitation lapses. 

Students who fail to make the full application within the 30 days, will be rerquired to pay a fee of €20 to make a second application. 

Currently, it takes about 2 weeks for vetting to be completed from the time the student makes the full online application on the Garda e-vetting portal.


When do I get my Garda clearance letter?

The Garda Vetting Committee meets regularly to review Garda vetting applications.  Based on the information returned by the National Vetting Bureau, the Garda Vetting Committee decides whether or not the student is cleared for placement.  The Garda Disclosure document and a letter is then issued to the student.  An e-mail will be sent via the student email account stating that the Disclosure document and a Garda vetting letter is available for collection at our Student Information Desk located in our new Connect Building on the ground floor.


What should I do if I lose my Garda clearance letter?

If you lose your Garda vetting clearance letter, additional copies are available at a cost of €20. 

Please click here to request and pay for a replacement copy.


What should I do if I allow my Garda Vetting Invitation to expire?

If you do not log on to the Garda e-portal within 30 days of receiving the vetting invitation and therefore allow it to expire you are required to pay €20 to re-apply for vetting.

Please click here to pay to re-apply.  


Do I require a Police Clearance certificate?

Any student who has lived/worked abroad for 6 months or more is required to provide an original Police Clearance certificate from the country/countries that he/she has lived/worked in.

Who do I contact to obtain a Police Clearance certificate?

Please see appendix 3 of the Garda Vetting policy 3AD15 on the DMS.

What if I can’t obtain a Police Clearance certificate?

In order to comply with HSE regulations, all students should take reasonable steps to verify Police Clearances from other countries and these attempts should be recorded to establish a ‘paper trail’. The final decision in relation to the placement will be made by the placement provider.

Further Information

If you require any further information about the Garda Vetting process, please download the following documents from ITB's intranet:

  • 2MP24 - Policy relating to approval of students for participation in environments with children or vulnerable adults
  • 3AD15 - Procedure for vetting students for placement in environment with children or vulnerable adults
  • 3SS09 - Student appeal procedure