Maritime Education and Training Ireland
Seafarers Discharge Book and ID Card

Seafarers Discharge Book

ELIGIBILITY FOR AN IRISH SEAFARERS DISCHARGE BOOK

 

An application for an Irish Seafarer’s Discharge Book can be made if you are:

 

  • An Irish citizen who is either a member of crew, engaged in the navigation of the vessel, or who is not a member of crew, but works as a supernumerary (i.e. diver, scientist, researcher, catering/hospitality staff etc.), onboard any merchant vessel of 80GT and over, or
  • An Irish citizen who is enrolled as a student, at the National Maritime College of Ireland,or
  • A non-Irish citizen who is either a member of crew, engaged in the navigation of the vessel, or who is not a member of crew, but works as a supernumerary (i.e. diver, scientist, researcher, catering/hospitality staff etc.), onboard an Irish registered Merchant Vessel of 80GT and over.

Seafarers ID Card

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR AN IRISH SEAFARER’S IDENTITY CARD

 

 

An application for an Irish Seafarer’s Identity Card can be made if you are:

   

  • An Irish citizen who is either a member of crew, engaged in the navigation of the vessel, or who is not a member of crew, but works as a supernumerary (i.e. diver, scientist, researcher, catering/hospitality staff etc.), onboard any merchant vessel of 200 GT and over, or
  • An Irish citizen who works onboard a fishing vessel of 200GT and over, or
  • An Irish citizen who is enrolled as a student, at the National Maritime College of Ireland.

Seafarers under 18 years of age

 

If you are under the age of 18, then both:

 

  • A letter, consenting to your application for a seafarers discharge book or ID card, is required from a parent or guardian and
  • A Seafarer’s Medical Certificate is required to accompany your application.

Application procedure

IDENTIFICATION

 

Your application must be accompanied by:

 

  • a current passport or
  • an original Birth Certificate (long version) and current State photographic identification i.e. Driver’s Licence.  

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Your application must be accompanied by two identical passport-type photographs.  The photographs should be taken full face, without a hat, and should be printed on normal photographic paper.  The reverse side of each photograph should be signed by you and the countersignatory under Section 9.  

 

FEE

 

Irish Seafarer’s Identity Card                                                               €15

Irish Seafarer’s Discharge Book                                                          €15

Replacement/Continuation Irish Seafarer’s Discharge Book         €15

Replacement Irish Seafarer’s Identity Card                                       €15

 

PARTICULARS REGARDING CITIZENSHIP  

 

If you were born outside of Ireland and claim to be an Irish citizen because of the birth in Ireland of one of your parents and you do not provide an Irish Passport with your application, your application must be accompanied with a Birth Certificate of that parent.

If you were born outside of Ireland but are an Irish citizen by Naturalisation or Registration and you have not provided an Irish passport with your application, your application must be accompanied with your Naturalisation/Registration Certificate.