Personal Public Service Number (PPS No.)


What is a PPS No.?

Your Personal Public Service Number (PPS No.) is your unique reference number for all dealings with Government Departments and public bodies.

This Office has recently received quite a few queries about difficulties some newly arrived migrants are experiencing in getting PPS Numbers. The Department of Social Protection has provided clarification.The Department of Social Protection allocates a PPSN to an individual who shows that they need one for a transaction with a specified body. For example, if you are taking up employment, you need a PPS number to register with the Revenue Commissioners. However, looking for work is not a transaction with a specified body and employers should not look for your PPS Number when recruiting. An employer should only seek a PPS number if you are actually taking up employment with the organisation.

Similarly, anyone renting accommodation will require a PPSN in order to register the tenancy with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB). Landlords should not look for your PPS Number until you have reached agreement that you will be renting the accommodation.




How do you get a PPS Number?

In general, you must already be living in Ireland in order to apply for a PPS number. The Department of Social Protection allocate PPS numbers and you can apply at your local registration centre. Not all social welfare centres are registration centres.

The Department of Social Protection website provides a list of PPS Number Registration Centres throughout Ireland.

You will need to fill out an application form and produce documentary evidence of identity and evidence of address – you should note that the evidence required differs depending on your nationality.


What types of documentary evidence is required?

If you were born in Ireland, you need to bring the following documents to show your identity:
· Your Birth Certificate
      and
· Valid photographic ID e.g. a current valid passport or a current driving licence.

If you are from the UK, you need either a current valid passport or a Birth Certificate, another form of photographic ID, for example, a driving licence and evidence of your address (such as a household bill in your name). You must also produce, if available, supporting documentation of either birth, work, unemployment, residence, tax liability or education history.

If you are an EU national or EEA Citizen(*), you need a passport or National Identity Card and evidence of your address (such as a household bill in your name) and, if available, supporting documentation of either birth, work, unemployment, residency, tax liability or education history.

If you are a non-EEA National, you need a passport or Certificate of Registration with the Department of Justice and Equality (Immigration Card), evidence of your address (such as a household bill in your name) and, if available, supporting documentation of either birth, work, unemployment, residency, tax liability or education history.

(*) EEA = European Economic Area and includes EU nationals, citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Swiss nationals are also considered EEA nationals for PPS number purposes.



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