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Personal Public Service Numbers

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (432)

Bernard Durkan


432. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a PPS number will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) who appears to have applied twice; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [61272/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

A Personal Public Service (PPS) Number is a unique reference number that helps a person access social welfare benefits and public services in Ireland. If applying for a PPS Number to take up employment, a person must have a signed offer of employment from an employer confirming when the job is due to start or when it started. This letter should be on company headed paper with the employer’s contact details and employer/company registered number. A person does not need a PPS Number if they are looking for work or for an employer to make an offer of employment.

Some other examples of why a person may need a PPS Number are:

- to apply for a social welfare payment

- to access medical services

- to apply for or exchange a driver’s licence

- to access other public services

- to register for a course in a school or college

The person concerned applied for a PPS Number on 23 September 2021. The application was returned to the person concerned on 18 October 2021 for evidence of why a PPS Number was required. When the person did not respond by the 9 November 2021, the application automatically expired.The person concerned applied again on 18 November 2021 stating the PPS Number was required for employment purposes. The person concerned was subsequently asked to provide a signed letter from an employer confirming the offer of employment. It is open to the person concerned to submit the requested documentation and the application will be processed.I trust this clarifies the matter.