How and where to apply for the PPSN in Ireland. How to get the PPS Number in Ireland
The PPSN (Personal Public Service Number) is the social security number of the Republic of Ireland. It is a personal and unique number.
The PPS Number has seven numbers followed by one or two letters.
It is mandatory to have a PPSN number to work in Ireland (you can start working without it while you are waiting for it) and to be able to carry out public procedures such as employment issues, social protection, tax agency, and national health service, among others.
The PPS number will be displayed on all your tax, payroll or social-related documents.
It is not compulsory to have the PPS Number before starting work.
The PPS number can only be requested if you are living in Ireland. You cannot apply if you live in another country, so you must wait until you arrive in Ireland to apply for it.
The PPS Number can be obtained at your city's Intreo (Social Welfare) office.
Depending on your city, you can go directly to the Intreo office to apply for your PPSN, or you will need to make an appointment in advance. You can also apply online.
To request the PPS number online, you must create a new account at https://www.mygovid.ie/ (you only need to fill in your name, mail and password).
Once you have your new MyGov account, go to https://services.mywelfare.ie/en/topics/identity-s... and click “Apply Now” to request your PPS Number online. You must follow a few simple steps and provide all the documents*.
*You must have all the documents scanned before requesting the PPSN
After requesting the PPSN online, they will contact you directly if they need any other documents; otherwise, they will send you an appointment to present yourself personally at INTREO with the original documents and your mobile to confirm it with an SMS, and they will take a photo.
You will then receive the PPSN by mail at the postal address you provided.
You should receive the PPSN at home within two to three weeks.
To obtain the PPS number, you need the following documents
To show evidence of your mailing address to obtain the PPS Number, you need to show a document from a public service or government agency of no more than 3 months showing your full name and postal address.
*If staying with a friend or family member, an original house bill plus a note from the bill holder confirming that they live at the address on the bill is acceptable. This note can be written on the invoice itself by hand.
It is not mandatory to have the PPSN to start working, so first, you look for a job and with the employment contract (reason), you request the PPS Number in the Intreo (Social Welfare).
If all the documentation presented is correct, it usually takes between 2 or 3 weeks from the day you requested it.
You will receive a letter from Social Welfare with your PPS number at the postal address provided.