Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (723)

Ruth Coppinger

Ceist:

723. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the requirement will be examined for separated persons (details supplied) to have a separation agreement or solicitor's letter in cases in which they wish to use their pre-marriage name on the public services card; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53325/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The Public Services Card (PSC) is proof that a person has authenticated their identity at an office of my Department. A person can submit their PSC to prove their identity each time they transact with the public bodies specified in social welfare legislation that use the PSC.

Where a person has already authenticated their identity and been issued a PSC, subsequently wishes to revert to using their pre-marriage/pre-civil partnership name on their PSC, my Department will continue to accept divorce or legal separation agreement documents or correspondence from a solicitor showing that such a separation or divorce has been initiated.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.