To get your Public Services Card, you must do the following:
1) Book a face-to-face registration appointment by availing of one of the following options
2) Bring certain documents to your face-to-face appointment
*If you are an Irish or UK citizen and do not have a Passport or Driving licence as identification, you may still be issued with a Public Services Card. When you attend you will have an in-depth interview and additional information gathered during this interview will be verified in order to confirm your identity.
For Irish citizens born in Ireland, birth details can be verified online in most cases with the General Register Office. However, in some cases, it is not possible to locate the birth registration, so the person will need to return with a copy of his/her birth certificate.
If you wish to get a copy of your Irish birth certificate for SAFE registration purposes, you can get it from the Registrar at a reduced rate when you show your SAFE invitation letter.
The Department does not have access to the adoption register, so adopted people should bring their adoption certificate with them when attending their appointment.
You need to show evidence of your address. You can use any of the above documents to do this (it must show your name and address).
*If you are staying with friends or relatives an original household bill plus a note from the bill holder confirming your residency at the bill address is acceptable. This note can be written on the bill itself.
If you have any of the items listed above you should bring them along with you as they may also help to confirm your identity. If you do not have any of these, you should bring other documents or forms of photo ID instead. The following items are not acceptable as proof of identity for the purpose of SAFE registration: Baptismal certificate, work ID card, Garda form ML-10, Garda age card, photocopied certificates or documents and expired documents generally.
3) Should bring your mobile phone to your appointment although this is optional.
4) Attend the Public Services Card face-to-face registration appointment.
5) Receive your Public Services Card by post