Garda Vetting

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.

Garda vetting applications should be made via the Course Management section of your MyComet account. As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

1. FAI Garda Vetting ID Validation Form (signed by authorised person)

2. Photo Identification (Acceptable documents listed on FAI Garda Vetting ID Validation Form)

3. Proof of Address (Dated in the last 6 Months, acceptable documents listed on FAI Garda Vetting ID Validation Form)

4. NVB3 Form (For Applicants under 18 years of age only)

*Prior to submitting your application, please ensure the following details are correct in the ‘Profile’ section of your myCOMET account, full address (including Eircode), phone number and e-mail address.

The FAI aim to check applications within 3 weeks of submission, this can very 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. The FAI will then follow the procedures outlined within section 10 of the FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy. Please refer to this policy for further details.

Garda vetting applications, new or renewing, should be made via the Course Management section of your MyComet account, if you do not have a MyComet account, you can create one here Book a Course - FAI Connect Support.

Queries about Garda Vetting can be sent to

Garda Vetting ID Forms can be downloaded here :  GARDA VETTING FORMS