Registering your child - Personal Public Service Number (PPSN)

Your child will need a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) if you deal with public service agencies on their behalf.

PPSNs for children are issued by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).

New baby

If your baby is born in Ireland, you must register their birth at the office of any Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths.

Children born in Ireland automatically receive a PPSN when their birth is registered within three month of the birth. If the birth is not registered within three months, you will need to apply to the DSP for a PPSN for your baby.

If you cannot find your child’s PPSN, you should contact your DSP office.

Child born outside Ireland

If your child lives in Ireland, but was not born here, you must apply for a PPSN on their behalf. To apply, one of the parents or guardians must have a PPSN for the child to be registered.

You can read more about applying for a PPSN for a child on the DSP website.