Living in Ireland you will eventually need a PPS (Personal Public Service) number.
Who will need to know this number and what is it used for?
People and organizations like your bank, your employer, the HSE, the National Driver Licence Service and Revenue will need to know your PPS.
- Employment and tax purposes: Your employer will ask you for this number. However, you do not have to share your PPSN with a potential employer. It’s only once you are hired that s/he is in need to know your number. If you are self-employed you will have to have a PPS, too.
- Bank: Some banks will ask for this number as soon as you apply for a bank account while other will ask you for this number later on. However, sooner or later they will need it especially if you are earning interest with your savings and they do have to pass on this information to the Revenue office.
- Public Services: Once you are applying for welfare social services, free travel pass, housing grants and more, the public services will seek your PPS.
- Driving Licence: Beside other documents you will need your PPS number to apply for driving licence.
- Health Services: if you are applying for a Medical Card or a GP Visit Card, you will need to have your personal public service number at hand, too.
Where can you get it?
The document can only be issued by the DEASP (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection) is send out by post. However, you will need to go to your county’s PPS Allocation Centre to apply for it.
To find out more detailed information, go to Personal Publish Services Number (Welfare.ie)