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Personal Public Service Number (PPS number or RSI number) is a unique reference number that helps to you to gain access to social welfare benefits, public services and information.

Without this number, you will pay "emergency taxes ". This mean that you will pay twice the tax for few weeks before you get it back.

You cannot apply for a PPS Number before your arrival in Ireland. You must already be living in Ireland in order to apply for a PPS Number.

You local Social Welfare office will help you for the registration process. Have a look on this website to find it:

You will be asked to produce evidence of identity and residence in Ireland

If you are not Irish, you will need to produce the following documents when getting a PPS number:

  • Your passport or national identity card or Your Immigration Card.
  • Evidence of your Irish address, such as a household bill (ESB, telephone, gas, etc.) in your name.

For all relevant questions, have a look on The Welfare .

The retirement system is compatible between Ireland and France. To get more information, have a look on the ADFE web site:

Update 8/09/2009


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