You will need a MyGovID account to apply for a PPSN. 

EU Temporary Protection Directive

To access public services in Ireland, you need a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN). If you have recently arrived in Ireland from Ukraine under the EU Temporary Protection Directive, you should not apply online for a PPSN. Instead, you should call to one of our Department’s Offices. The Department has put in place special arrangements to deal with your PPSN application and help with your income support needs, if any.

What is a Personal Public Service Number?

Your Personal Public Service (PPS) Number is a unique reference number that helps you access social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland.

Who can get a PPS Number?

You can only get a PPS Number if you need one to access public services. For example, if you are starting a job you will need a PPS Number to pay tax. You do not need a PPS Number if you are looking for work.

What will you be asked for?

MyGovID basic account

You must register for a basic MyGovID account to access this service. You can create one over on MyGovID.


Reason for applying and your personal details

You will need to provide details about why you need a PPS Number, and submit documents to support this. Find out what documents you will need to provide here on You will also be required to provide personal details about yourself so that we can identify you.


Your identity documents

You will be required to submit evidence of your identity such as a passport or national ID card, and proof of your address such as a utility bill. More information on what is accepted can be found here on


Please note that your PPS Number application will require an in-person appointment. You must complete the online application in full.  The Department of Social Protection will review your application and contact you with details of your in-person appointment. 

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You will need a MyGovID account to apply for a PPSN.