Department of Foreign Affairs Re-opens Apostille Office to Public

Applications for Apostille Certificate can again be made in person

News Team - 30th January 2023

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland has announced that the public counter at their offices at 42-47 Lower Mount Street, Dublin is once again to re-open to the public, commencing today the 30th January 2023. The counter was closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Ireland. A limited access service was available by post or by appointment only for urgent matters. An appointment is no longer necessary for people to attend to apply for an Apostille Certificate. The office will be open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays during the opening hours 9.30am – 12.30pm, and 2.30pm – 3.30pm.

Notes on the Walk-in Service

The Department has advised of some important notes on the re-opened walk in service:

  • They will be closed for a walk-in service on Wednesdays to allow them to process bulk batches of documents and post.
  • Their Cork office is not open for the walk-in service as yet.
  • They are operating a soft launch service this week. So, any walk-in’s will be accepted.
  • Their website will be updated to reflect the above.
  • A maximum of 5 documents can be processed at the counter.
  • More than 5 documents will be treated at the drop-off service, where they can return documents by collection / post. They will let the customer know when documents are ready for collection.
  • If large bundles of documents are broken into smaller bundles by the same organisation, these will be treated as drop-off bundles as above. For example, if 20 documents are broken into 4 groups of 5 by the same company.

Applications by Post and Drop service Are Still Operational

The office will continue to authenticate and apostille documents received by post or dropped off in the Office at Mount Street Lower. Any Notary Public in Ireland or customer requiring an Apostille certificate should post Documents to the following address:

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

and the for Cork Office

  • Authentication Section
  • Consular Division
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • 1a South Mall
  • Cork
  • T12 TA46

It is recommended that the documents be submitted by registered post. Documents will be returned to you by the office by registered post.

Parties are advised to include a covering letter providing the following information for both postal and drop-off applications:

  • Your name
  • Return address
  • Telephone number
  • The name of the country the document(s) are being sent to
  • The appropriate fee

Payment for the walk in service can be made by bank draft from an Irish bank or an Irish postal order, made payable to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Alternatively arrangements are in place for the Department to contact applicants to arrange payment by credit card over the phone for drop off and postal applications.

All enquiries regarding the service and the public office in Dublin can be made by calling 01 4082174 or e-mail

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