Getting a PPS Number

In Ireland the PPS Number ( Personal Public Service Number) or PPSN is a personal reference number that allows you to gain access to social welfare benefits and other government services in Ireland. It used to be known as the PRSI number.
It is the equivalent of the National Insurance number in the UK. Getting a PPS number is very important and is probably the first thing you need to dowhen you move to Ireland.

Without a  PPS number – when you move to Ireland you will not be able to get a job or any state Benefits. It is used for Taxation purposes too. You also need a PPS number to get an Irish driving licence.

You cannot apply for a PPS Number before you move to Ireland. You must be already living in Ireland before getting a PPS Number. The nearest Social Welfare office will assist you with the registration process.
There are only 28 places where you can apply for a PPS number . You will be asked to produce evidence of identity and residence in Ireland.

If you are not Irish, you will need to produce the following documents when getting a PPS number: a) Your passport or national identity card Or Your Immigration Card b) Evidence of your Irish address, such as a household bill (ESB, telephone, gas, etc.) in your name.

Do not pay anyone to apply for a PPS number for you – it is a simple process that is free to everyone.

A PPSN application form is called a REG 1

For more information You can phone the Department of Social and Family Affairs at 1890 927999

If you live outside Ireland but need a PPS number for taxation purposes – ie. NPPR , Property Tax etc – you need to contact :
Client Identity Services, , Social Welfare Services, Shannon Lodge, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim
Telephone: Lo Call 1890 927999 Email:

From 1st January 2013 the Department have introduced a new range of PPS numbers by including an additional alphabetic character, other than “W”, in position 9 (e.g. 1234567TA).