Garda National Immigration Bureau
From the 10th of May 2014, a revised, interim smart card Certificate of Registration will be issued to all non-nationals residing in the State on registration with An Garda Síochána in accordance with Section 9 of the Immigration Act 2004.
These new cards will be printed centrally, in batches, at the offices of the Garda National Immigration Bureau, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
Non-nationals residing outside of the Dublin Metropolitan Region will continue to register in the Registration District in which they reside and will be required to return to the same Registration Office to collect their Certificate of Registration at a later date.
Existing Certificates of Registration will remain valid until the date on which the certificate is expressed to expire.
Due to the introduction of the batch printing process non-nationals who register at the Registration Office, 13 - 14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, after 8.30.pm in the evening may be required to return the following morning to collect their certificates of registration.
The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)
The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) carries out deportations, border control and investigations relating to illegal immigration and human trafficking.
GNIB is based at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. It is headed by a Detective Chief Superintendent with a Garda Staff of 2 Detective Superintendents, 4 Detective Inspectors, 24 Detective Sergeants and 180 Detective Gardaí and Gardaí. They are supported by 68 civilian staff.
All non-nationals who are not citizens of a member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, must register with An Garda Síochána and at all times have a valid registration certificate in the form of a GNIB Card. From the 19th November 2012 a fee for this card is €300 and must be paid by credit card, laser card or bank giro. This fee cannot be paid by cash. You can download an information leaflet about the fees and methods of payment in the Fees Information panel on the right hand side of this page.
If you are residing in the Dublin Metropolitan Region you must register at the GNIB offices at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. The registration desk opening hours are:
The Registration Office at the Garda National Immigration Bureau is open to the public from:
Monday to Thursday: 8.00.am. to 9.00.pm
Friday: 8.00.am to 6.00.pm.
Procedure for renewing your GNIB Card:
Are you residing in the Dublin area?
Renew your card at GNIB, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 666 9100/1
Are you residing outside the Dublin area?
Renew your card at your local Garda Síochána District Headquarters Station. To find out where your District Headquarters Station is, contact your local Garda Station.
You can also register at Baltinglass Garda Station, Co. Wicklow and Leixlip Garda Station, Co. Kildare.
In order to obtain a Garda/Police Certificate of Character please apply in writing to your local Garda Station. These are not provided by GNIB under any circumstances.