The State Pension (Non-contributory) is a means-tested payment if you don't qualify for a contributory pension based on your social insurance (PRSI) contribution record or if you only qualify for a reduced rate of State Pension.
It may be to your advantage to be paid the State Pension (Non-contributory) instead of a reduced State Pension (Contributory).
To qualify, you must:
Your rate of payment will depend on the outcome of the means test. The below shows the maximum personal weekly rate of payment a person can receive if they have no income from any source.
For more detailed rates, please see page 21, in the Current rates of payment for social welfare payments Booklet (SW19)
To apply, fill in the application form at the bottom of this page.
You can also get this form from your local:
Please send the application form at the bottom of this page, as well as any supporting documentation, to:
We recommend that you apply for the State pension (non-contributory) three months before you turn 66.
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.