Registering your child - Personal Public Service Number (PPSN)

Your child will need a PPSN if you deal with public service agencies on their behalf. 

New baby

Children born in Ireland receive a PPSN when their birth is registered. 

If your baby is born in Ireland, you must register their birth at the office of any Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths. You have three months to do this after your baby is born. 

If you cannot find your child’s PPSN, you should contact your Department of Social Protection (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, your child must have a reason to receive a PPSN and you must have your own PPSN.

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