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Get a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number is

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:

Temporary Arrangement for PPSN applications

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.

  • You will also need to complete a REG 1 form .
  • Provide a copy of your photo Identity document (Passport, Driving Licence, ID card etc.) If you do not have valid documents, you should provide whatever ID documents that you do have.
  • Proof of your Address.
  • The above documents need to be scanned/photographed and mailed or posted to

PPSN Applications

PPSN Applications, CIS Registration, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Shannon Lodge, Carrick on Shannon, N41 KD81
  • You should ensure that all the documents you are sending are legible.
  • The Department will issue the PPSN by post to your address.


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:

  • baptismal certificate
  • employment identity cards or personal letters
  • copies of certificates or documents
  • 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:

  • household utility bill
  • an official letter or document
  • a financial statement
  • property lease or tenancy agreement
  • confirmation of address by a third party such as a hotel or hostel administrator or manager, school principal or 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.

PPS Numbers for children

  • Children born in Ireland are usually given a PPS Number when their birth is registered with the General Register Office (GRO). This means you do not need to apply for a PPS Number for an Irish-born child. However, if the birth is not registered within 3 months, a parent or guardian must make an application.
  • PPSNs for children living in, but not born in Ireland, must be applied for by the parent or guardian. One of the parents or guardians must have a PPSN for the child to be registered and linked with their data.

Child application

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:

  • their own identity
  • the identity of the child
  • the requirement for a PPS Number
  • the relationship between the parent or guardian and the child

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 PPS Number (REG1)


Application form for a Personal Public Service Number (PPS number) for a person who is under 18

Application form for a PPS Number for a child under 18 (REG1M)