Checklist when applying for a State Pension (Non-Contributory)

Sources of income

If you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant were employed during the last 12 months, you must send the most recent payslips.

If you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant have money or investments in a financial institution, you must send statements from all financial institutions showing the last 3 months of transactions (internet printouts are not accepted) and the name and address of the account holder(s).

You must send advice slips from any pensions you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant are getting.

Irish Residence Permit or a Garda National Immigration Bureau card

If you are the holder of an Irish Residence Permit or a Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card, you must send a copy of this card and your letter from the Department of Justice and Equality.

Claiming for a dependent child

To get an increase for a dependent child born in Ireland, you don't have to send in their birth certificate. However, for a child aged between 18 and 22 who is in full-time education, you must send a letter from your child's school or college.

Certificates from abroad

If you were born or married outside of Ireland, you must send the following certificates with your application for a State Pension (Non-Contributory):

  • Your birth certificate

and if appropriate:

To claim an increase for a dependent spouse or partner you must also send the following certificates:

  • Your marriage certificate
  • Your spouse/partner's birth certificate

To claim an increase for a dependent child you must also send the following certificates:

  • Your marriage certificate
  • Birth certificates for each of your dependent children (unless they were born in Ireland). However, if you are currently getting Child Benefit for them, there is no need to provide these birth certificates.
  • For a child aged between 18 and 22 who is in full-time education, you must send a letter from your child's school or college.

Page edited: 18 November 2019