PPS Number - How to Apply

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Allocation of Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number)

Resident customers

Customers who are present in the State, who have not previously been allocated a PPS Number, should attend the PPS Number allocation centres for the county that they are living in.

Evidence of identity and address must be provided. In addition, evidence as to why a PPS Number is required must also be provided. It is not necessary to have a PPS Number order to seek employment.

Please note that the PPS Number allocation centre for County Dublin only deals with appointments booked online at www.MyWelfare.ie .

Centres for other counties may also offer an appointment booking service at www.MyWelfare.ie  The identity documents required to be provided are listed in the table below.

Non-resident and exceptional customers

If you are non-resident, unable to attend because of illness, or working abroad, then personal attendance at one of our network of PPS Number allocation centres is not necessary. Please use the Online Enquiry Form to contact Client Identity Services or telephone (071) 967 2616, LoCall: 1890 927 999 If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call + 353 71 967 2616 to have the necessary forms sent to you in the post.

The rates charged for using 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.

Proof of Identity

Proof of identity is a vitally important aspect of the registration procedure and must be established before a PPS Number is allocated. Documents presented may be held for authentication. The following are the prescribed documents to accompany a PPS Number application:

Documents that may accompany an application for a PPS Number
  Irish National born in the Republic of Ireland Irish national born in Northern Ireland and UK citizens EU Nationals and Other EEA Citizens (Includes EU Nationals and Citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway plus Switzerland. Non EEA National
Birth Certificate/Passport
Birth Certificate

Passport or Birth Certificate

Current Valid Passport or National Identity Card

Current Valid Passport  or Current Valid 1951 Travel Document

Photographic Identification
Valid Photographic Identification e.g. Passport or Current Valid Full Irish or UK Driving Licence

Valid Photographic Identification e.g. Current Valid Irish or UK Driving Licence

Evidence of Address in Ireland
Evidence of Address in Ireland
Evidence of Address in Ireland
Evidence of Address in Ireland

The following are not acceptable as Proof of ID

  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Employment Identity cards or Personal letters
  • Photo-copies of certificates/document
  • Expired documents (For Irish and UK citizens passports expired within the last 12 months may be accepted)

Evidence of your address

You need to show evidence of your address. You can use any of the following documents to do this (the document must show your name and address and not be older than 3 months):

  • A household utility bill
  • An official letter/document
  • A financial statement
  • Property lease or tenancy agreement
  • Confirmation of address by a third party such as a hotel/hostel administrator or manager, school principal/administrator or accommodation/property owner*.

*If you are staying with friends or relatives, an original household bill plus a note from the bill holder confirming your residency at the bill address is acceptable. This note can be written on the bill itself.

Notification of PPS Number

Following successful registration, customers will be advised of their new number through the issue of a letter of notification sent automatically to the address given on the application form within 3 to 5 working days. This letter is acceptable proof of one's number for transactions with specified bodies for public services e.g., health, education, Revenue, employment, Driving Licence.

Last modified:10/10/2018

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