Identity of Appearer


A Notary Public, before whom a person appears to carry out notarial business, is obliged, to obtain identification from that person who is called the appearer. A Notary Public can request to see at least two of the following forms of identification: Passport, Driving Licence, Utility Bill (dated within the last 3 months), GNIB Card, and any other Government issued I.D. with photo and signature.

The Notary may make, and, retain, on file for five years, a copy of any identification document produced to the Notary.

The Code of Conduct for Notaries Public in Ireland requires as a matter of good practice, to establish the identity of all persons, appearing before the Notary, to conduct notarial business. Measures to prevent money-laundering and to report suspicious transactions are imposed under the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 and EU Directives 91/308/EC, 2001/97/EC, and 2005/60/EC. The legislation transposes the Third Money Laundering Directive (2005/60/EC) and the Directive implementing it (2006/70/EC) in to Irish law.