Becoming an Employer for the first time in Ireland

Compu-Pay will relieve you the complex burden employing staff for the first time, and helping with your tax obligations. When you set up a company with the intention of employing staff, you must first ensure that you are registered for Employers PRSI with the Revenue Commissioners. Non-resident persons, other than companies requiring to register in Ireland should if you are taking up employment, will need a PPS number to register with the Revenue Commissioners. However, looking for work is not a transaction with a specified body and employers should not look for your PPS number when recruiting. An employer should only seek a PPS number if you are actually taking up employment with the organisation.

You can find a list of State agencies that use PPS numbers to identify individuals on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's website.

I'm moving to Ireland soon - how do I get a Personal Public Service number?

Allocation of PPS numbers is done by face-to-face interview. However, you can book an appointment for a PPS number allocation interview before you move to Ireland - see 'Online appointments' below. You should attend the PPS Number Allocation Centre in the county that you intend to live in.

Before you can be allocated a PPS number, you must show that one is required for a transaction with a specified body.

You will be asked to produce documentary evidence of identity and address in Ireland. Different documentary evidence will be required, depending on your nationality. A complete list of documents required as evidence of your identity is available.

I am not resident in Ireland but I need a PPS number - how do I get it?

In some cases people who are not resident in Ireland may need a PPS number. For example, someone who is a beneficiary under an Irish will may need to supply a PPS number before a grant of probate can issue.

The DEASP's Client Identity Services (CIS) provide a service for non-resident applicants who cannot attend at a designated PPS Registration Centre and who need a PPS number. If you want to use this service, you must show documentary evidence that you need a PPS number for a transaction with a specified body. You cannot use this exceptional application process if you are living in or intend to relocate to Ireland for any period of time. Audits of PPS applications are carried out periodically and you may be asked for additional information.

If you are living in Northern Ireland or the United Kingdom and are working in the Republic of Ireland (a frontier worker) you apply for a PPS number in the normal way at a designated PPS Number Allocation Centre.


To get a PPS number, you will need to fill out an application form in the PPS Number Allocation Centre, provide evidence of your identity and evidence of why you need a PPS number allocated. You must also provide proof of your address.

Evidence of your identity

If you are:

You will need to produce the following as evidence of your identity:

An Irish citizen born in the Republic of Ireland


  • Photographic ID, such as your passport or driving licence

An Irish citizen via naturalisation or Foreign Birth Registration

  • Your current passport or Certificate of Naturalisation


  • Your Foreign Birth Registration certificate and Irish or UK driving licence or Irish learner driving permit

An Irish citizen born in Northern Ireland or a UK citizen

  • Current passport


  • Your birth certificate showing your mother’s birth name and current driving licence

EU citizens (other than Irish and UK)

Current passport or national identity card

Non-EU citizens

Current passport

Online appointments

If you want to get a PPS number or to be registered for a Public Services Card, you can now make an appointment online at

You will first need to register with MyGovID. To do this you need an email address.

When you have made your appointment, print the notification and bring it to your appointment along with the required documents (listed in the notification).

You can access a list of PPS online registration centres on

If you do not know your PPS number, contact your Intreo Centre or local Social Welfare Branch Office and staff there can find your number for you.

If you are unsure as to whether a particular organisation, person or agent is entitled to request or use your PPS number, you should contact Client Identity Services in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. You can contact Client Identity Services using the secure online request form or by phone at (071) 967 2616 or Lo-call 1890 927 999.

Client Identity Services

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Shannon Lodge
Co. Leitrim

Tel: (071) 967 2616 (If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call +353 71 967 2616)
Locall: 1890 927 999 (Note: the rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary)

Employers are responsible for ensuring all their employees receive certain basic employment rights. These rights are governed by detailed employment legislation. If you employ people or are setting up a business that will employ people you need to be familiar with your responsibilities and your employees’ rights.

Here we outline the responsibilities of employers. The focus is on your duties to your employees. You can get more information from the Workplace Relations Commission's Information and Customer Service or from bodies representing your sector such as IBEC (the Irish Business and Employers Confederation) or ISME (Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association) or the Small Firms Association. The guide for employers, Employment Law Explained (pdf) and the general guide to employment law (pdf) are available on

The Employers' Disability Information Service provides information and advice for employers on employing staff with disabilities.