When and how do I apply?

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You should apply within three months of your spouse's/civil partner's death. To apply, complete application form WP 1 and send it with the relevant certificates and documents to:

Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension Section
Social Welfare Services
College Road

LoCall: 1890 500 000 (from the Republic of Ireland only)
+353 71 915 7100 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)

Please make sure you fill in your application form fully before sending it in.

Warning: If you fail to apply in time, you may lose some payment.

Certificates to send with your application

When you apply you may need to send us in certificates if the birth(s) or marriage/civil partnership took place outside the Republic of Ireland, such as:

  • your birth certificate,
  • your late spouse's/civil partner's birth certificate,
  • your late spouse's/civil partner's death certificate
  • your civil marriage/civil partnership certificate,
  • your qualified child(ren)'s birth certificate(s). Note: No birth certificate is needed if you are already getting Child Benefit for these children.

We do not accept photocopies of certificates.

If you are not able to get the certificate(s) immediately, you should send in your pension application form with a note stating that you will send the certificate(s) as soon as possible.

If you are sending in your certificates at a later date, please ensure that you quote your pension claim number. You will get this number automatically when we receive your application.

Please send in a letter from a school or college if you are claiming for a qualified child, aged 18-22 in fulltime education.

Personal Public Service Number (PPS No.)

You must give your PPS Number and the PPS Number of your late spouse or civil partner. If you do not know these numbers, please contact your local Social Welfare Office. They will let you know your PPS Number. If you do not have one they will let you know what you have to do to get one.

For more information, log on to 'www.welfare.ie'.

Last modified:22/11/2011

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