The Public Services Card was introduced in 2012 to facilitate ease of access to public services. The Public Services Card is replacing the Social Services Card used to collect social welfare payments and the Free Travel Pass.
The Passport Service of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has announced that as of 29 March 2016, all first-time passport applicants aged 18 and above who are resident in Ireland will need to have a Public Services Card (PSC) for identification purposes. This new requirement also applies to the small number of adult passport applicants whose last passport was issued prior to 1 January 2005 and has since been reported as lost, stolen or damaged.
The card has initially been rolled out to people getting certain social welfare payments and to new applicants for other social welfare payments. If you apply for, or are currently getting a social welfare payment (including Child Benefit) you may receive an invitation to register for your Public Services Card. A Public Services Card is usually issued when you are allocated a PPS number.
The Public Services Card is issued in one of 2 ways, see website for more details.