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Services for our visitors

Obtain copies of archives

Ordering copies of archives

  • In accordance with copyright legislation, the National Archives provides copies of documents for the purposes of research or private study.
  • Copies can be ordered in person in the Reading Room or by post. We do not accept orders by telephone or email.
  • All copying is carried out by National Archives staff using overhead scanners.
  • Copies can be made of most loose documents and of some bound volumes. In some cases it is not possible to copy large or fragile items and alternatives should be discussed with the Duty Archivist. Many maps and plans cannot be copied.
  • The National Archives does not carry out research on behalf of members of the public but research can be commissioned from private researchers and for further details, please see the list of Genealogy researchers. Please note that the National Archives does not accept any responsibility for either the work done or the fees charged by any of the researchers listed.
  • See the Summary of fees for the main charges and the National Archives (Fees) Regulations 2012 for the full list.


Ordering copies in the Reading Room - credit card facilities are available to those paying for copies in person in the Reading Room

Instant copies

  • An instant copy facility is available in the Microfilm Room for small orders (8 pages or less) of suitable flat paper documents A3 size or under, using a National Archives pre-paid copy card.

Self-service prints

  • Readers may obtain self-service prints from microfilm or microfiche using the reader-printers in the Reading Room and a pre-paid copy card.

Ordered copies

  • Copies ordered in person in the Reading Room may be collected or posted. When posted, handling and postage charges apply.


  • Subject to permission, readers are permitted to take photographs (without flash) during the hours of 9.15-17.00.
  • Subject to advance agreement, photography of large items can be arranged for the hours 17.00-18.00.
  • Photographs by National Archives staff can be ordered.


Ordering copies by post

  • Copies ordered by post must give the National Archives reference number of the document required or precise information.
  • The maximum number of documents that can be ordered by post is three and the minimum charge applies to each document.
  • Orders by post should be sent to National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8 and payment must be received in advance.


Fees and payment

  • Fees are charged in accordance with the National Archives (Fees) Regulations 2012 - please also consult the Summary of fees for further details on costs etc.
  • All payments must be made in advance and must be in euro.
  • Cheques, bank drafts or money orders should be made payable to the ‘National Archives’.
  • Cash attached to orders by post or Court Fee payment slips will not be accepted.


Testamentary copy order form

  • Applications for copies of testamentary documents can be made on the Testamentary copy order form.
  • The Testamentary Calendars which are available in the Reading Room of the National Archives, can be viewed online for the years 1858-1920 and 1923-1982.
  • For years covered by the online Calendars, applicants should check all of the information in the online Calendars before completing the form and ensure that the application is correct.
  • The type of grant of representation should be specified.
  • The National Archives cannot carry out searches covering more than 3 years from the date of death of the testator
  • Each individual document is charged as a separate item.


Certified or authenticated copy, signed and sealed

  • Certified or authenticated copies can be obtained on request. Certified copies are ordered in the Reading Room using the green forms and orders by post must include the completed Testamentary copy order form.


Records of births, marriages and deaths

  • The National Archives does not hold records of births, marriages and deaths which are the responsibility of the General Register Office, Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon, Ireland. All applications for information should be made directly to that office.