You will need a Personal Public Service number (PPS number) to work in Ireland. It’s a unique reference number that helps you to access social welfare and public services. Irish Tax and Customs use this number to register you for income tax.

Your PPS number will help you to access:

  • All social welfare services
  • Free Travel Pass for people over 66 years of age
  • Public health services, including the medical card and the Drugs Payment Scheme
  • Child immunisation
  • Schemes run by the Revenue Commissioners, such as mortgage interest relief
  • Housing grants
  • Driving licences

Applying for a PPS number

You must attend a face-to-face interview to be allocated a PPS number. These interviews take place at PPS Number Allocation Centres across the country – the Dublin centre is in the Intreo Centre on Parnell Street. The Centre will need to establish why you need the PPS number, so remember to take your letter of offer or a similar document from your employer. You will also need to provide ID and proof of address. You can prove your address with the following documents:

  • Household utility bill
  • Official letter from a government department
  • Financial statement
  • Property lease or tenancy agreement

If you are living in temporary accommodation, such as a hotel or hostel, you can ask them to confirm your address. Ask the manager to write and sign a letter to the effect that you are currently staying at their establishment. If you’re staying with friends or relatives, you can provide an original household bill. Ask them to write a confirmation that you are currently staying with them.

ID requirements differ for people of different nationality.

If you are a naturalised Irish citizen or hold a Foreign Birth Registration, you can present your:

  • Passport
  • Certificate of Naturalisation
  • Foreign Birth Registration certificate and Irish or UK driving licence or Irish learner driving permit

If you are an Irish citizen born in Northern Ireland or a UK citizen, you can present your:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate showing your mother’s birth name
  • Adoption certificate and current driving licence

If you are an EU citizen (other than Irish and UK) you can present your:

  • Current passport
  • National identity card

If you are a non-EU citizen, you can present your current passport.

Visit the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for more information.


When you get your first pay slip you’ll notice that there are two entries for tax. One is PAYE (pay as you earn), which goes to funding the national budget. It is a deduction from your gross pay. The other is PSRI (pay related social insurance) which funds Ireland’s pension’s system. It is paid by your employer, so it’s not a deduction. Nevertheless, you may be able to claim your PSRI payments if you leave Ireland.

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