Public Service Card (PSC) Notification

15 December, 2020

Dear Members

Please be advised that we are unable to accept the Public Services Card (PSC) as a form of identification, or of PPSN confirmation. Currently, a body that is not explicitly specified in the main Social Welfare Act is prohibited from accepting the PSC as proof of identity, even where the cardholder voluntarily tenders it for this purpose.

As Credit Unions are not included in this list, accepting the PSC would be an offence under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (Section 263, subsection 4).

There have been reports over the last few years that the Minister is considering changes to the legislation to broaden the use of this card, but until these are brought into effect, we cannot accept this card. We appreciate that for many of our members this may be your main form of photo ID, and we greatly regret this situation and the inconvenience it causes