All children under 6 years of age living in Ireland can get a GP visit card.
The under 6s GP visit card covers:
- free GP visits
- assessments at age 2 and 5
- GP home visits
- out-of-hours urgent GP care
- care for children with asthma
Medication costs and hospital charges are not covered.
To register your child you need to provide your:
- PPS number
- child's PPS number
- GP's name
If you don't have your child's PPS number, phone the Department of Social Protection on 0818 927 999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email and postal applications
To apply for an under 6s GP visit card by email or post, download and fill in the Under 6s GP Visit Card application form (PDF, 244KB, 4 pages)
Download the Irish version of the form
You can also phone 0818 22 44 78 to order an application form in the post.
Where to send the form
National Medical Card Unit - under 6s GP visit cards,
PO Box 12629,
Check if your GP is accepting registrations
Your GP may not be on the list of GPs providing services for Under 6s GP visit cards. They may not be currently accepting patients.
If your GP is not taking part in this scheme, or can't take any more patients, you must pick another GP.
Electronic GP registrations
If your GP is accepting registrations electronically, we will send your child’s details to them after you register.
If your GP is not accepting registrations electronically, you will receive an email with a copy of your child’s registration details attached.
Print this email attachment, bring it to your GP to sign and then post it to:
The National Medical Card Unit,
PO Box 11745
After you apply
Once you complete the registration process, your GP will get the details and your child will get a card within a few days.