Posted on 4 May 2013 by Accountant

What does it mean PPS Number?

PPS Number mean Personal Public Service Number sometimes indicated as PPSN or PPS No.

PPS Number is your unique reference number to help you to access services such as Social Welfare, Revenue, Public Healthcare and Education. The PPS Number is not a national identity number.

A PPS Number is always 7 numbers followed by either one or two letters. If there are two letters, the second letter is always a letter ‘W’, for example 1234567RW.

The Department of Social Protection is extending the current stock of PPSNs from 1st January 2013. The format of the new numbers will remain with seven numerics but always followed by two letter characters. For individuals, the second alpha character in the new PPSN will be ‘A’ (e.g. 1234567FA) and for non-individuals, e.g. Limited Companies, Trusts, Partnerships and Unincorporated Bodies, this will be ‘H’ (e.g. 1234567WH).

If you register for new tax with Revenue, for example VAT or PAYE/PRSI, your VAT/PAYE/PRSI number will be the same as your PPS number.

What you need the PPS Number for?

You will need your PPS Number mainly for:

  • Employment
  • All Social Welfare Services
  • Public Health Services – including Medical Card and Drugs Payment Scheme
  • Child Immunisation
  • Revenue Schemes – including Taxation and Mortgage Interest Relief
  • Housing Grants
  • Driver Theory Testing and Driver Licences.

How to get a PPS number?

You need to attend in person Social Welfare Office, fill out an application form and generally provide ID and evidence of address in Ireland.

If you are Irish you will need to bring the following:
Birth Certificate or Adoption Certificate, and ID such as your Passport or Driving Licence, and
Evidence of address such as a Household Bill in your name.

If you are from Britain or Northern Ireland you will need:
Your Passport, Birth or Adoption Certificate and Photographic ID and Evidence of address.

If you are from any other country in the EU/EEA you will need:
Your Passport or National Identity Card and Evidence of address in Ireland.

If you are from outside the EU/EEA you will need:
Your Passport or Immigration Card, and Evidence of address in Ireland.

You can apply for PPS Number at below Social Welfare offices:

Carlow

Carlow Local Office, Kennedy Avenue, Carlow
Phone: (059) 9170170, Fax: (059) 9130349
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00, Closes Thursday at 15:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 52.835394,-6.930785

Cavan
Cavan Local Office, Dublin Road, Cavan
Phone: (049) 4331909, Fax: (049) 4362684
Opening Hours:  Mon – Thurs 9:30 – 16:00, Fri 9:30 – 15:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.982932,-7.357439

Clare
Ennis Local Office, Kilrush Road, Ennis, County Clare
Phone: (065) 6867800, Fax: (065) 6842455
Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 9:30 – 16:00, Thurs 09:30 to 15:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 52.837423,-8.989177

Cork North, East & City
Cork Local Office, Hanover Quay, Cork
Phone: (021) 4806800, Fax: (021) 4273770
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00
PPSN registration centre:
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday 9:30 – 12:00, Thursday 10:30 – 12:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 51.897052,-8.479160

Cork West
Bantry Local Office, 7 Main Street, Bantry, Co. Cork
Phone: (027) 20800, Fax: (027) 50368
Opening Hours: 9:30-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates:  51.679148,-9.450136

Donegal
Letterkenny Local Office, High Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Phone: (074) 9160460, Fax: (074) 9121624
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 54.954887,-7.734783

Dublin
197/199 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
Tel: +353 1 889 9500, fax: +353 1 874 5602
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30-12.00 & 2.00-4.00 (Open Thu 10.30)
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.350590,-6.266305

Galway
Galway Local Office, Hynes Building, St. Augustine Street, Galway, Co. Galway
Phone: (091) 500800, Fax: (091) 500808
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00, Open Thu. 10:30
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.271694,-9.052134

Kerry
Tralee Local Office, Godfrey Place, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Phone: (066) 7149500, Fax: (066) 7120789
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 52.268397,-9.708610

Kildare
Newbridge Local Office, Eyre Street, Newbridge,
Phone: (045) 446300, Fax: (045) 434824
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00 Mon-Thurs and 9:30 – 15:00 Fri. PPSN Services Tuesday & Thursday’s Only
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.181388,-6.798670

Kilkenny
Kilkenny Local Office, Government Buildings, Hebron Road, Kilkenny
Phone: (056) 7715100, Fax: (056) 7752759
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00, Thursday 9:30 – 15:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 52.656485,-7.243209

Laois
Portlaoise Branch Office, Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Phone: (057) 8678010, Fax: (057) 8660380
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.034775,-7.299948

Leitrim
Carrick on Shannon Local Office, Leitrim Road, Carrick-on-Shannon
Phone: (071) 9650070, Fax: (071) 9621253
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00, Closes 15:00 on Thursdays.
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.947935,-8.091806

Limerick
Limerick Local Office , Dominick Street, Limerick
Phone: (061) 212200, Fax: (061) 414448
Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri 9:30 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 52.660702,-8.626285

Longford
Longford Local Office, Government Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Longford
Phone: (043) 3340000, Fax: (043) 3340247
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.727503,-7.786989

Louth
Dundalk Local Office, Government Buildings, St. Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Phone: 042-9392600, Fax: 042-9392695
Opening Hours: 9:30 to 16:00 (10:30 on Thurs)
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 54.002699,-6.388764

Mayo
Castlebar Local Office , Michael Davitt House, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Phone: (094) 9034280, Fax: (094) 9025906
Opening Hours: 9:15 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00, Open Fri. 10:30
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.850400,-9.286237

Meath
Navan Local Office, Kennedy House,Kennedy Road, Navan
Phone: (046) 9037900, Fax: (046) 9072505
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00, Open Thurs 10:30
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.652835,-6.688839

Monaghan
Monaghan Branch Office, Rooskey, Monaghan Town
Phone: (047) 30170, Fax: (047) 72238
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 54.254395,-6.965096

Offaly
Tullamore Local Office, Castle Buildings, Tara Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Phone: 057-9318500, Fax: 057-9322650
Opening Hours: 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10.30am to 4pm on Friday
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.273375,-7.496195

Roscommon
Boyle Branch Office, Elphin Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Phone: (071) 9664033, Fax: 071 9664114
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.968482,-8.302778

Castlerea Branch Office, Main Street, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Phone: (094) 96 25510, Fax: (094) 96 25485
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.768170,-8.491402

Roscommon Branch Office, Abbey Street, Roscommon
Phone: (090) 6630930, Fax: (090) 6626585
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates:  53.627310,-8.194621

Sligo
Sligo Local Office, Government Offices, Cranmore Road, Sligo
Phone: (071) 9148200, Fax: (071) 9145002
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates:  54.268037,-8.463442

Tipperary North
Thurles Local Office, Stradavoher, Thurles. (Tipperary North)
Phone: (0504) 20210, Fax: (0504) 24270
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00, Closes Thu. 15:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 52.673234,-7.817910

Tipperary South
Clonmel Local Office, Harbour House, New Quay, Clonmel. (Tipperary South)
Phone: (052) 6170220, Fax: (052) 6127179
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00, Closes Wed. 15:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 52.352328,-7.698476

Waterford
Waterford Local Office, Cork Road, Waterford
Phone: (051) 356000, Fax: (051) 356060
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 52.252515,-7.118025

Westmeath
Athlone Local Office, Government Offices, Grace Park Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Phone: (090) 6449600, Fax: (090) 6470582
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.424264,-7.929468

Mullingar Local Office, Blackhall Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Phone: (044) 9334220, Fax: (044) 9344705
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 16:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.524588,-7.342665

Wexford
Wexford Local Office, Anne Street, Wexford
Phone: (053) 9165400, Fax: (053) 9122429
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 – 16:00, Friday 9.30 – 15.00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 52.338227,-6.460878

Wicklow
Bray Local Office, The Cualann Centre, Main Street, Bray, County Wicklow
Phone: (01) 2117900, Fax: (01) 2865142
Opening Hours: Mon – Wed & Fri: 9:30 – 16:00, Thurs: 9:30 – 15:00
GPS (google maps) coordinates: 53.202331,-6.109890

Please check list of Social Welfare offices with up to date information is here.

List of all Social Welfare Local and Branch Offices is here.

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