When you apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance you must bring certain documents with you.
If you lose your job or are made redundant you should bring your P45 or a letter from your employer confirming the last day you worked.
If you don’t have your P45 or a letter from your employer you should still apply. However, it is important to bring either your P45 or a letter from your employer as soon as possible to your Intreo Centre or local Social Welfare Branch Office.
If you have difficulty getting your P45 from your employer tell the member of staff dealing with your claim at your Intreo Centre or local Social Welfare Branch Office (see ‘If you don’t have your P45’ below).
If you are laid off temporarily, you may or may not get a P45. If you don’t have a P45 you must bring a letter from your employer stating the following:
If your days of work are reduced you must bring a letter from your employer stating the following:
You can provide evidence of your identity by showing your passport or your driver's licence.
If you do not have either a passport or driver’s licence, you should bring any other document that you may have, particularly one that has your photograph on it.
The following documents may also be acceptable: credit card, debit card, medical card, age ID card, work ID card, club membership card.
The following items are not accepted as proof of identity:
A claim cannot be decided until identity has been proven.
You may be asked to show evidence of your address. You should bring any of the following documents:
Note: a recent document is one issued within the last 2 months. All documents must be originals, not photocopies.
If there is doubt about your address, the Jobseeker's Allowance claim is not awarded for payment until your address is verified.
If you don’t have your P45 you should still apply for your Jobseeker’s Allowance.
If you lose your job and your employer does not issue you with a P45, it may be because you have not been registered for PRSI by your employer. It also could be that you have been registered but your employer has not paid the PRSI contributions which are due or has not paid the correct amount. Under the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 1993 the employer is obliged to register all employees for PRSI. More information can be found about Paying social insurance.
If your former employer refuses to give you a P45 you should still apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance.
If you do not have a P45, the Department may informally contact your employer when you apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance and ask him or her to send you a P45 to help process your claim.
If this hasn't resulted in your former employer giving you your P45, you can ask to fill in form IA49 at your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.
Form IA49 is a declaration stating that you believe your former employer did not comply with social insurance regulations. As a result of your declaration, there will be an investigation into your employer's payment of PRSI. Filling in form IA49 may not result in your P45, however, it may help to determine if you qualify for Jobseeker's Allowance.
If you are not given a P45 when you leave your job you should first ask your employer for it. If the employer does not supply it you should contact the tax office.
If you contact your tax office, Revenue will contact the employer and obtain your P45 for you. If you have not been given your P45 and you think that your PRSI contributions have not been paid you should inform your local social welfare inspector by contacting your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office or the Scope section of the Department of Social Protection.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.