Legal records

Ordering certified copies

The National Archives provides certified copies of documents in its care. Certified copies are official copies with an accompanying letter and seal of authentication issued by the National Archives for records required for legal purposes.

The most common types of records requested for certifying are testamentary records, including wills, grants of probate and schedules of assets. Court files, including publicans’ licence applications, and census returns for 1901 and 1911 are also requested regularly.

There is a fee for this service. For details of fees charged please see Summary of Fees for the main charges and National Archives (Fees) Regulations, 2012 for the full list.

To order a certified copy, please fill out the Certified copy order form and return it with the correct payment to the National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin, D08 DF85, Ireland.

If a copy of a record is only required for information purposes, and not legal purposes, a plain copy should be ordered. A plain copy has no legal standing. For further information on obtaining a plain copy see Obtain copies of archives.