Registry of Deeds Reopening – changes to onsite access

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The appointment service and public counter is currently closed in line with level 5 of the plan for living with COVID restrictions. A date for re-opening will be confirmed in due course.

The Registry of Deeds on Henrietta Street did re-open to the public on Monday, 10 August for access to pre-1970 records but closed in line with level 5 restrictions on Thursday 22 October 2020. The details outlined below are what applied during the re-opening.

The Registry of Deeds has changed its access procedures in response to Covid-19, in line with Department of Health and HSE advice. These protocols are in place to ensure that your visit to Henrietta Street is as safe as possible for you and for our staff. All persons using the Registry of Deeds services are subject to these procedures.

Book an Appointment

In light of the government decision to move to Level 3 of the Living With COVID- 19 Plan, there will be additional restrictions and reduced capacity for public appointments at the Registry of Deeds. Appointments will be available for essential legal purposes only and can be reserved via our online booking system

There are currently three types of appointments available:

  • Access to Microfilm Readers;
  • Access to Abstract Books;
  • Access to Townland, Names and Transcript books.

You must pre-order all of the material you wish to view when booking your appointment. Please see our records page for further information on pre-order material. 

Our public counter services for access to post-1970 public searches remains closed at this time. This service will be re-introduced at the next phase of upscaling.

Opening Hours

Our opening hours are between 10.00am and 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.30pm. Appointments are for the duration of the morning or afternoon slot. Visitors are free to arrive at any point within their allotted time.

Arriving at the Registry of Deeds

Please do not attend the Registry of Deeds if you are feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. 

Visitors will be asked to confirm their booking at reception upon arrival. Photographic identification is required to facilitate effective contact tracing in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19.

You will be required to place personal belongings in a secure locker in reception.  You can bring pencils, notepaper and electronic devices with you for note-taking. You will then be directed to one of our public rooms and your assigned desk.

Using the Collections

Material requested will be waiting for customers at their assigned desk or on a trolley prior their arrival to the Registry of Deeds. Visitors must only use the material requested in advance of their visit. This is to reduce touchpoints and document handling within the building and between visitors. There is no open access to the volumes on shelves within the building.

Material will be quarantined for 24 hours after use before it is made available to another visitor.

Social Distancing

Please maintain a 2-metre distance between yourself and others throughout your visit.

Face Coverings

Customers are requested to bring and wear a face covering or mask for the duration of their visit.

Hand Hygiene

Customers are requested to make frequent use of hand sanitiser available throughout the building and to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly in line with HSE advice.


Customers are requested to pay by card or contactless payment.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact




What safety measures are in place at the Registry of Deeds?

There will be rigorous cleaning and sanitisation of touchpoints between appointments, this includes desk space, lockers and bathroom facilities. Hand sanitiser is available throughout the building.

One-way systems are in operation and capacity control is in place in frequently used areas including the main reception. There is limited access to public PC’s.

How will I know what records to consult?

Information on the records held at the Registry of Deeds are available here. For further information, please contact us at

What type of identification is required for my appointment at the Registry of Deeds?

The Registry of Deeds will accept the following forms of photo identification: current valid full passport; Public Services Card issued by the Department of Social Protection, employer’s identity card with photograph, Garda Identity Age Card, full driving licence (learner’s permit with photo), student identity card with photograph or a travel pass with photograph.

Can I transfer my appointment to colleague or friend?

No, only the individual who booked appointment may attend the time slot. This is to ensure effective contact tracing in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Can I bring anyone with me to my appointment?

No, appointments are for one named individual only. The Registry of Deeds is operating on a limited capacity to facilitate social distancing.

Can I book multiple appointments on the same day?

Yes, subject to availability you can book both a morning and afternoon appointment on the same day.

Is there access to bathroom facilities?

Yes, the toilets on the First Floor only have been designated for use by visitors.