PPS Number Application

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This page outlines all you ever needed to know about getting a PPS number in Ireland. You will learn what is PPS, in what cases it’s obligatory to obtain one and how to apply for PPS card in Ireland remotely. 

What is a PPS Number

PPS (Personal Public Service) number is an Irish equivalent of a personal tax number that citizens of every country obtain. In Poland, PPS is known as Numer Identyfikacji Podatkowej” or short “NIP. In the UK, this is a unique taxpayer reference (UTR) and the Spanish get Numero de Identificacion Fiscal (NIF). 

The Revenue of Ireland gives the following definition of PPS. This is “ a unique reference number that is needed for all dealings with public service agencies, including Revenue.” The purpose of PPS number is to eliminate the possibility of public office confusing one person with another. Quite often Personal public service number is referred to under the abbreviation PPSN.

In Ireland, a person regardless of their age can apply for a PPS number to the Department of Social Protection. Previously, PPSN was known as Pay-Related Social Insurance (PRSI) number. 

I am Irish Resident — Why Do I Need PPS Number

The need to obtain Personal Public Service Number for Irish residents is explained with the right to apply for certain social benefits services, public services and information in Ireland. These include but are not limited to obtaining Pupil ID, Free Travel Pass, House Grant, Child Immunisation, mortgage interest relief, driver theory testing and driver’s license.
Irish residents who meet one of the following conditions, already have PPSN:

  • Born in or after the year 1971;
  • Started working in Ireland after 1979;
  • Getting a social welfare payment;
  • Participating in the Drugs Payment Scheme.

If you’re an Irish resident who requires PPSN for yourself or for a child, you should apply for PPSN online via MyAccount. Third parties are not authorised to act on your behalf in such cases.

Reasons to Obtain PPSN in Ireland for Non-Residents

So, PPSN is required for persons to apply for public services and gain access to medicine, the labour market, and education. Thus, there’s an extensive list of cases when non-resident persons are legally required to obtain Irish PPSN.

  • Foreign students arriving in Ireland (with exception of Erasmus students);
  • Sole traders operating within the country;
  • Employees (including remote employees) working for Irish companies*;
  • Refugees arriving in the country;
  • Non-residents who own residential property in Ireland.

*You don’t need to obtain PPS number in Ireland if you’re only looking for a job. 

How to Obtain PPS Number in Ireland for Non-Residents

You may wonder “I am not a resident of Ireland, I need a PPSN, but I can’t travel to get it. What should I do?” For non-residents, the procedure is straightforward. 

To get PPSN in Ireland, non-resident individuals should file application to the Department of Social Protection supplying the following documents:

Proof of their identity. The type of document depends on the residence of the applicant:

  •  Current Valid Passport or National Identity Card for EU and EEA residents.
  •  Current Valid Passport for non-EU or EEA residents

Proof of address. The proof of address must contain individual’s name and can be one of the following:

  • Household utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • An official letter or document
  • Verifiable employer’s letter
  • Agreement of tenancy or property lease
  • Accommodation property owner or manager*
  • Сomfirmation of address by third party

Submission of the abovementioned documents must be reinforced with the reason you need to obtain a local PPSN.

*Where an applicant is staying with friends/relatives an original household bill plus a note from the bill holder confirming residency at the billing address is acceptable. This note can be written on the bill itself. 

If you are a non-resident and can’t travel to Ireland to apply for PPSN on your own, Chern & Co can help you get your PPS number in Ireland remotely. Contact us for more information. 

PPS Number Application for non EU-residents with Chern & Co

Applying for Chern & Co assistance with the PPSn application is your best idea for several reasons. 

It is affordable: we offer budget-friendly help to apply for PPS card. We deliver the most reasonable offers on the market and an excellent option in terms of the price-quality ratio.
No hassle: we are perfectly aware of all the legal requirements for obtaining PPS number in Ireland and can act
It’s fast: our expertise and commitment allow us to help you acquire a PPS in Ireland fully remotely.

How is the Service Delivered

At Chern & Co, we believe in a fast and unproblematic service delivery process and assistance with PPS number application is not exception. We follow an easy PPS number registration process that helps us deliver the service within fastest timeline!

  1. You leave a request and our managers contact you ASAP.
  2. We clarify the details and prepare an invoice for payment. You can pay in any convenient way.
  3. You provide us with scans of all necessary documentation.
  4. Service is in progress. We contact the Department of Social Protection and leave PPSN online application.
  5. Done! You know can start working in Ireland with your own PPS card!

Please, note that we’re only authorised to provide this service to non-EU and non-Irish residents who need PPSN for employment purposes (offer letter from a company in required) or any other abovementioned purposes. 

Apply for Ppsn with Chern & Co

Since 2009, Chern & Co has been providing customers with superb assistance in managing their companies in Ireland. We will help you start your business route and supervise you as you decide to grow. Our strong customer support and dedication to your goals will ensure your positive experience with Chern & Co. Wait no longer to apply for assistance with PPS number apply online to us!
If you have any questions left, feel free to contact us. We believe in a client-oriented approach and so our managers are open to inquiries. Chern & Co will help you select the best service for your business absolutely free of charge.

Disclaimer: The content of this page is for acquainting purposes only and is subject to change. It does not constitute any professional advice. No liability is accepted by Chern & Co for any actions taken or not taken in reliance on the information set out in this article. Professional, legal or tax advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from any action.

PPS Number Application

150 excl. VAT

What’s Included:

Obtaining of PPS number via Department of Social Protection

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