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Ever wondered what a PPS number is and why we need it? Well, let’s dive right in! I am sure within the first month of shifting to Ireland you must have heard the words PPSN or the PPS Number. Finding out about this number should be the number one priority for anyone residing in Ireland.

First things first, the PPS number is essentially an identification number given by the Irish government to individuals who receive certain benefits. Since it’s crucial to ensure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to, I suggest you keep it safe and secure. Here are more information for you to explore.

Disclaimer: Just keep in mind that this information is based on personal experience, and reliable websites and is updated on December 22, 2023. There might be changes to the process or policies, therefore for accurate information, these are 3 websites for you: 1. Citizens Information, 2., and 3. MyWelfare.

Your Guide To Having a PPS Number

What is a PPS Number?

The Personal Public Service Number is a reference number that just belongs to you. It is an identifier that allows you to access social welfare benefits and public services in Ireland.

It is the Irish equivalent of a Social Security Number in the US or a PAN/AADHAR Card Number in India. Your PPSN is issued by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. It always consists of seven numbers followed by either one or two letters.

Why do I need a PPS Number?

Generally, you require proof of necessity while applying for a PPS number in Ireland, unless you’re already an Irish Citizen. PPS Number is utilised for all social welfare services, such as applying for driving licenses, housing grants, public services, medical services, and more.

Who can apply to get a PPS Number?

Normally, the PPS number is to benefit from public services and requirements for tax purposes. Therefore, citizens or residents who are starting a job in Ireland, require a PPS number. However, if you’re looking for a job, you won’t need to apply for that.

How do I apply for a PPS Number?

Mainly for a non-EEA citizen to apply for the PPSN you need to have address proof in Ireland. The evidence can be a household bill, official letter or document, rental agreement, bank financial statement, or utility bill. You may need to keep some documents ready like a copy of the contract of your job.

To start the process you need to be registered on the MyGovId website. During the process, you should state the necessity. Here you have all the information that you need about it. And also your identity documents can be found here.

In summary, you need to provide your identity proof (birth certificate, photo ID), the reasons you want to apply, and your address proof.

If you’re a UK citizen or Irish citizen, born in Northern Ireland, you’ll need your passport or your current driving license. If you’re an EU/EEA citizen (other than Irish or UK), your national identity card or your current passport is needed. Non-Eu/EEA citizens will need their current passport.


A PPS Number is extremely important especially when you are in search of a job, part-time or full-time. Getting it should be at the top of your priority list as soon as you arrive here.

Please note, that there might be changes to the policies, application process, document requirements, or any other info. And therefore, it’s best to refer to Citizens Information, 2., and 3. MyWelfare when you’re in doubt.

If you plan to relocate to Ireland or just have a trip, here is another useful resource for you to guide you about packing your items for your trip.

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