You should apply for Child Benefit within 12 months of:
- the month in which your child was born, or
- the month the child became a member of your family,
- the month your family came to live in the Republic of Ireland.
You can get Child Benefit from the first day of the month after the child is born, becomes a member of your family or your family begins living in the Republic of Ireland.
If you do not apply in time, you will usually get Child Benefit from the first day of the month after we get your application.
The birth details of all children born in the Republic of Ireland are stored in a central database. Child Benefit Section, which is part of the Department of Social Protection, has access to the central database and can automatically start your application for Child Benefit for you.
To register your child's birth in this database, you should give the hospital and Registrar of Births your:
- Personal Public Service Number (PPS),
- date of birth,
- full name,
- address, and
- mother's birth surname.
If you do not have a PPS Number, you should contact your local Intreo Centre or your local Social Welfare Office. They will let you know the designated office of this Department in your area which can issue you with a PPS Number.
You will find contact details for your local Intreo Centre or your local Social Welfare Office in the State Directory section of your phone book or the golden pages. For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie.
If you have given the necessary information about yourself and your child, we will contact you within 10 working days of the registration of your child's birth.
If you do not provide all this information, your Child Benefit may be delayed or we may not be able to process your application automatically.
If you do not hear from us within 10 working days following the registration of your child's birth, you can contact us on:
Telephone: 074 91 64496
LoCall: 1890 400 400
If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call +353 74 91 64496.
The rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.
My new baby is my first child
We will send you a partly completed application form for Child Benefit. Please fill this in, making sure that your and your child's personal details are correct, and return it to us.
Alternatively, using the information provided on the form you can log onto www.welfare.ie and complete your claim online.
We will contact you when we have processed your application.
I have other children and already receive Child Benefit
If your surname is the same on both our records and those held by the Registrar of Births, we will automatically include the increase for your new child with your existing Child Benefit payment.
We will send you a letter telling you when the increase in your payment will start. There is no need to contact us, unless you want us to change your personal details or your method of payment.
If your surname is not the same on both our records and those held by the Registrar of Births, we will send you an application form to fill in.
You should return the form with written evidence of your current surname, such as your marriage certificate, civil partnership registration certificate or a civil union registration certificate if marriage or civil partnership is the reason for your name change, or other evidence such as a bill.
If your child was born outside the Republic of Ireland or you did not register the birth under the new system, you should fill in and return form CB1 with your child's birth certificate. You can get form CB1 online at www.welfare.ie, from your local Social Welfare Office or post office.