Checklist when applying for Jobseeker's Allowance


When you apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance you must bring certain documents with you.

Evidence of identity

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:

  • Birth or Baptismal certificates
  • Bills or personal letters

A claim cannot be decided until identity has been proven.

Evidence of address

You may be asked to show evidence of your address. You should bring any of the following documents:

  • Recent bills from utility companies such as electricity, telephone (landline or mobile), gas, cable television, waste charges etc.
  • Recent statements/letters from banks, building societies, credit unions, credit card companies or other financial institutions
  • Recent letters addressed to you from insurance companies, local authorities, government departments or the Revenue Commissioners
  • Local authority rent book, mortgage or leasing agreement.

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.

You also need to bring the following documents or information:

  • Your Public Services Card (if you don't have one you will be asked to register for one when applying for Jobseeker's Allowance)
  • Your Personal Public Service number
  • Details of your availability for work and any efforts you have made to get work. For example, letters you have written to employers and any responses you have received
  • Details of your income
  • Details of your spouse/partner's income (if any)
  • Details of your dependent children
  • Proof of your identity (see below for more information)

Proof of address (see below for more information).

If you are laid off

If you are laid off temporarily, you may also need to bring a letter from your employer stating the following:

  • You have been laid off work without pay
  • The last day you worked
  • The reason for the lay off
  • How long he or she expects you will be laid off

If your days of work are reduced

If your days of work are reduced you must also bring a letter from your employer stating the following:

  • Your days at work have been reduced on a temporary basis
  • The number of days you worked each week
  • The number of days you now work each week
  • The reduction in your pay
Page edited: 14 January 2019