Important notice on Corona Virus Covid-19

Over the last number of days the Department has experienced unprecedented levels of demand on our services. In particular our online appointment services have been in high demand.

Fulfilling these appointments involves a visit to our offices. In line with the latest HSE and WHO advice around Social Distancing in order to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus the Department has taken the decision to suspend all PPSN and PSC appointment services with immediate effect to reduce footfall to our offices in the best interest of our customers and staff.

If you are in need of a PPSN please follow the guidelines at

The Department apologises for this inconvenience and thanks you for your patience at this time.

What is a PSC?

The Public Services Card establishes and fully authenticates your identity, assisting you in accessing a range of public services in an easy and safe manner. 

Your identity is fully authenticated when it is issued so you do not have to give the same information to multiple organisations.

Further PSC information

What can I use it for?

A Public Services Card enables access to the following services:

  • Social Welfare Services (DEASP)
  • First time adult passport applicants in the state (DFAT)
  • Citizenship applications (DJE)
  • Driver Theory Test (RSA)

New services will become available regularly.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to provide evidence of the following:

Evidence of identity

People not born in Ireland will need to bring an official government ID such as a Passport or National ID card.

Evidence of Address

You will need to bring with you an evidence of Address with your name on it. Such as a household utility bill, an official letter/document or a financial statement not more than 3 months old.

Mobile Phone

If possible please bring with you your mobile phone.

PSC appointment