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Verification of Identity

From the 9 April if you bring your Public Services Card (PSC) to the NDLS it will simplify your application process. An applicant will have two options to validate their identity and residency during the application process.

1. Presenting a PSC at the NDLS centre will simplify your application process as the PSC will satisfy the following requirements:

  • Photographic ID,     
  • Evidence of PPSN,
  • Evidence of address (where your address is as provided to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection DEASP)  and
  • Evidence of residency entitlement   (where your place of birth or nationality are within the European Union / European Economic Area/Switerland). 

2. If you do not have a PSC you are required to present documentation at NDLS centre to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Photographic ID,
  • Evidence of PPSN,
  • Evidence of address and
  • Evidence of residency entitlement. 

Note that possession of a public services card will enable applicants to renew their driving licence / learner permit online as part of a new online service that will be rolled out to customers in the coming months.

Photographic I.D.

  • Irish passport which cannot be expired by more than 12 months
  • Irish driving licence or learner permit
  • Current passport for all non-Irish citizens (valid for international use)
  • Current national identity card for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
  • Irish Certificate of Naturalisation
  • Current UK photo driving licence
  • Current public services card 
  • Current Irish travel document

Evidence of residency entitlement

• Public services card -where place of birth or nationality is within EU/EEA/Switzerland.
• Irish/UK (long-form) birth certificate or adoption certificate
• EU/EEA/Switzerland Driving Licence or Irish Learner permit which shows place of birth as within EU/EEA/Switzerland
• Certificate of entry in the Irish Foreign Births Register
• Irish passport/passport card (current or expired by no more than 12 months)
• Current passport for all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens (valid for international use)
• Current national identity card for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
• Irish certificate of naturalisation
• Current certificate of registration (Garda National Immigration Bureau/GNIB card) or Irish residence permit (IRP) for non- EU/EEA/Swiss citizens (The GNIB and IRP cards must be presented with a current passport valid for international use or a Public Services Card)

Verifying your PPSN

  • Public services card/social services card
  • Correspondence from Revenue/Department of Social Protection showing PPSN
  • P21/Tax Assessment/ Notice of Tax credits
  • Receipt of social welfare payment which shows full PPSN
  • Medical card / Drug Payment Scheme (DPS) card / European Health Insurance card
  • Payslip or P60/P45  

Please note: in some cases the same document could satisfy more than one requirement e.g. an Irish/EU passport is adequate as photo ID & proof of residency entitlement; a letter to you from Revenue which shows your PPSN could be used as both proof of your address & proof of your PPSN.

Evidence of address

Please note. Evidence of address must be dated within 6 months of the date of application

  • Public services card
  • Utility bill (i.e. from electricity/phone/gas/cable television/broadband provider) Printed online bills are acceptable.  Mobile phone bills are not acceptable
  • Statement or other correspondence from bank/building society/credit union including eStatements where the customer’s name and address are detailed.  (Statements from store cards/catalogue companies are not acceptable)  
  • Letter from Department of Social Protection/Revenue, P45, P60
  • Other official correspondence from an Irish state agency e.g. government departments; HSE; Register of Electors/polling card; CAO; Susi; An Garda Síochána; Public / Private hospitals, Private Residential Tenancies Board or third level college, Secondary school /training agency, NCT Reports or reminders,An Post, TV Licence
  • Correspondence from an insurance company regarding an active policy

New applicants particularly the 17-20 year old may be able to provide the following to serve as their evidence of address:

  • Letter headed correspondence with their secondary school or 3rd level training institute (Date of correspondence must be clearly shown)
  • Correspondence from SUSI/CAO
  • Correspondence from a bank/credit union
  • Correspondence from a government body

These documents can be no more than 6 months old at date of application and can not be hand written.

Please note that identity documents may be retained by the NDLS to enable the processing of your application. These documents will be returned to you by registered post once your licence/permit application has been approved. Please be advised that should the documents be returned undelivered to the NDLS it is the policy of the NDLS to retain these documents for a period of 2 months during which you can contact us to arrange return of your documents. Any documents which are unclaimed after 2 months will be securely destroyed. You must provide original identity documents; photocopies or laminated documents are not acceptable.