How to apply for a PPS number

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The Personal Public Services (PPS) number is an individually assigned string of characters which allows access to social services in the Republic of Ireland. It is required for all residents of the Republic of Ireland, whether they are on temporary visas or present and settled. Visitors cannot apply for or obtain a PPS number; they are available only to those present and settled in Ireland either through citizenship or a long-term visa. The PPS number is necessary for tax purposes, health care, information, pensions and other public services.

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Things you need

  • Proof of identity
  • Evidence of address
  • Application form (REG 1)

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    Locate your local Department of Social and Family Affairs office by going to or by contacting the Department by phone at 1890 66 22 44 (within the Republic of Ireland only).

  2. 2

    Gather your personal information: proof of identity and proof of address. Proof of identity must be either a passport (with valid visa and national identity card if an immigrant) or birth certificate establishing citizenship. Photocopies are not accepted. Proof of address may be a utility bill, employer's letter, bank statement or tenancy agreement.

  3. 3

    Once your documents are gathered, go to your local Department of Social and Family Affairs office and present your documentation.

  4. 4

    Fill out form REG 1, which is available only at your local Department of Social and Family Affairs office. The form will ask for details such as your address history, date of birth, country of birth and immigration status.

  5. 5

    A Letter of Notification will be sent to your address, informing you of your PPS number, within 3 to 5 business days. Present this letter where necessary for employment and other purposes.

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