What are the vetting requirements?

Do I need to be Garda Vetted?

You will need to be vetted if you are going to have contact with children or vulnerable adults i.e.

Bullet If you are taking one of the UCD programmes or modules which require vetting.
Bullet If you are participating in UCD Volunteers Overseas.

What happens if I don't have Vetting Clearance?

Bullet You will not be able to attend any programme placements (e.g. schools, hospitals, home visits, clinics) without full clearance
(including any relevant police certificate(s).
Bullet Subsequently, this may prevent you getting exam results, progressing to the next stage and, ultimately, graduating.

What do I have to do?


When you are offered or accept one of the relevant programmes, you must complete and return the vetting forms to UCD Registry - Admissions.

Your forms must be accompanied by certified copies of at least 2 valid forms of identity. If you are under 18, it must also be accommpanied by a parent/guardian consent form.

two If you have lived outside Ireland for six months or more, since the age of 18, you will also need to get a Police Certificate(s) from any country in which you lived.
It can take a while to get these so don't wait until you have an offer to start this, as it is an essential part of vetting.
Your police certificate must also be returned to UCD Registry - Admissions.


Following receipt of your documents, you will receive an email from evetting.donotreply@garda.ie containing an link to complete the full application.

  • As soon as you receive the link, you should check we have entered your details correctly and add any additional information required.
  • Then submit the e-vetting form.
  • You can track the progress of your vetting request via the system.


Once your vetting application has been processed by National Vetting Bureau (NVB) a disclosure will be returned to UCD. You will then be considered in line with the policy.

How long does it take?

E-vetting invitiations issue to your email address as soon as we enter your data in the NVB system. Following completion of the invitation by you, vetting takes 2-3 weeks. You can track your progress through the NVB system.

What other information is available?

Bullet Full regulations are included in the Garda Vetting Policy.
Bullet You may also find the Garda Vetting Section of the Frequently Asked Questions page useful
Bullet The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012
Bullet Information about "spent" convictions
Bullet Self disclosed criminal records

Note some courses also require Health Screening.

Full regulations are included in the Garda Vetting Policy.

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer.
All students must comply with the general regulations of the university.

Please see also UCD's Fitness to Practise Policy