A Personal Public Service (PPS) Number is a unique reference number that helps you access social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland.
You can find a list of State agencies that use PPS Numbers to identify individuals on this department's website.
A PPS Number is always 7 numbers followed by either one or two letters.
You can use your PPS Number for:
In an effort to contain the spread of the Covid19 virus the department has temporarily postponed the current PPSN allocation process.
However there may still be people in the state who require a PPSN in order to avail of services and they can do so by applying directly to the department for a PPSN by email.
To get a PPS Number, you will need to provide evidence of your identity and evidence of why you need a PPS Number. You must also provide proof of your address.
Evidence of your identity:
|If you are:||You will need to produce the following as evidence of your identity:|
|An Irish citizen born in the Republic of Ireland||The long version of your birth certificate and photographic ID, such as your passport or driving licence|
|An Irish citizen via naturalisation or Foreign Birth Registration||Your current passport or Certificate of Naturalisation OR your Foreign Birth Registration certificate AND Irish or UK driving licence or Irish learner driving permit|
|An Irish citizen born in Northern Ireland or a UK citizen||Current passport OR Your birth certificate showing your mother’s birth name AND current driving licence|
|EU citizens (other than Irish and UK)||Current passport or national identity card|
|Non-EU citizens||Current passport or 1951 Convention Travel Document|
The following are not acceptable as evidence of your identity:
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:
*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.
PPS Numbers for children
The parent, foster parent or guardian should complete attend the Application form (REG1M) for a PPSN for their child aged under 18, and provide evidence of:
Evidence of address should also be provided.
A person aged less than 18 years is considered to be a child for PPS Number allocation purposes.
Application Form for a Personal Public Service Number (PPS number) for an adult
Application form for a Personal Public Service Number (PPS number) for a person who is under 18