Your 4 step guide to completing the Online Garda Vetting Application
1. Download and complete the required forms based on your age. Please read the forms in full before completing.
a. If you’re 18 and over you will need to complete: Garda Vetting ID Validation
b. If you’re Under 18 you will need to complete: NVB3 and Garda Vetting ID Validation
2. Create a MyComet Account (or login if you have an account)
3. Select the Online Garda Vetting Application 2023.
4. Click apply and complete the pop-up form in full uploading the required documents including your proof of identity and proof of address.
What happens next:
The FAI aim to check applications within 3 weeks of submission, this can vary during peak demand times. Your application will be checked by the FAI, if forms are filled out correctly and documents uploaded score a minimum of 100 points, your details will be entered onto the National Vetting Bureau e-vetting system. You will then receive an e-mail from the National Vetting Bureau inviting you to complete the next stage of the process (this link expires after 30 days). *If there is an issue with your forms or documents, you will be notified of this by e-mail and will have to start the process again. Once you've accessed the link and completed this stage of the process, you will receive a tracking number which you can use to track the current status of your Garda vetting application. When the relevant checks have been completed, a Garda vetting disclosure will be returned to the FAI.
It is a statutory requirement under the National Vetting Act (Children and Vulnerable Persons) 2012 to 2016, that all individuals, volunteers or paid, working with Children and Vulnerable Persons have completed Garda vetting clearance before engaging with an Organisation or services.
The Act creates offences and penalties for persons who fail to comply with its provisions.
The Act commenced on the 29th April 2016.
Garda vetting is a FAI Regulation for all those working with children and or vulnerable persons (in a paid or voluntary capacity). Please see FAI Handbook Section 3 Regulations 12.3 and 12.4 and the FAI Child Welfare & Safeguarding Policy section 10 for more information. If you are not Garda vetted through the FAI, you should not undertake any work in a paid or voluntary capacity with children or vulnerable persons in football.
For Garda vetting applications, new or renewing, you should fully complete all sections of the FAI Garda vetting forms available for download below. The Garda vetting ID validation form and Vetting Invitation form.
You should complete and return your Garda vetting ID validation form, Vetting Invitation form and copies of your verified identification Via the online upload portal below.
Upon receipt of your Vetting Invitation Form, Garda ID Validation form and copies of your verified ID you should receive an email invitation to complete the remainder of your Garda vetting application online from the National Vetting Bureau. Following this, you will receive a tracking number which you can use to track the current status of your Garda vetting application. When the relevant checks have been completed a Garda vetting disclosure will be returned to the FAI. The FAI will then follow the procedures outline within section 10 of the Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy. Please refer to this policy for further details.
If a Garda vetting applicant is aged 16 or 17, the above documentation must be accompanied by a Parental/Guardian Consent form (NVB 3)