When do I need to apply?
You can apply for a blue card or exemption card when you have an agreement to work in a child related environment that is regulated by the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000.
Volunteers and trainee students who require a blue card must hold a valid blue card before they can commence volunteer work or a practical placement as part of their studies.
If you are a registered teacher or police officer, you can commence providing regulated child-related services once you have lodged a completed exemption card application with Blue Card Services.
How long will it take?
As a guide, you should allow at least 28 business days for your application to be processed.
Applications will take longer to process if:
- forms are incomplete or not correctly filled in. Please ensure each part of the form is filled in by the appropriate person and completed correctly, or
- there is police or disciplinary information about an applicant that must be retrieved and considered before determining a person's eligibility to work with children.
When should I renew my blue card?
Volunteers and trainee students must submit their renewal form at least 30 days before their blue card expires in order to continue in regulated work after the expiry of their blue card.
If your blue card expires and you have not submitted your renewal application at least 30 days before the expiry date, you cannot continue in regulated employment until after you have received a new blue card.
Blue Card Services will send a reminder to renew your card 10 weeks prior to the expiry of their current card. You must advise Blue Card Services of any change to your postal address.
Please note, exemption cards have no expiry date and remain valid as long as the person is a registered teacher or police officer.
If you need to renew your blue card you will need to complete and submit the appropriate application form.
Last Updated: 30 June, 2014