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PI license in Ireland

February 1, 2023

Today, Ireland is home to a significant number of PI, some of which are self-established, while others have been attracted to Ireland by the active and successful Fintech sector.

This article provides info for business-companies considering applying for payment institution registration. Irish bank is the competent authority for the enrollment and supervision of PI under the EU Regulation 2018 (PSR).


Today’s country is home to over 430 financial favors companies, including 20 of the world’s top 25 institutions.

Ireland’s unique ecosystem has led to the development of a world-class fintech sector that continues to grow every year. The country recently published a new strategy for the international financial services industry, called Ireland for Finance, which outlines ambitious goals for the growth of the IFS industry in Dublin, which acts as a leading monetary services hub.

Ireland is an excellent location for R&D and innovation, as the jurisdiction provides monetary support, including tax credits and monetary assistance from IDA Ireland.

Virtual money business-companies in Ireland advantage from a competitive corporate tax rate of 12.5%, comprehensive double taxation agreements and numerous research and development tax credits.

Companies working with e-money or payment institutions in Ireland have right to obtain a passport for other European countries.

Small PI in Ireland

You can employ to become a Small Payment Institution if you meet the following conditions:

  • if you do not yet provide monetary services for less than 12 months, then your forecast average monthly amount of payment transfer actions must not exceed 3 million euros;
  • managers should not ever be convicted of criminal offenses for money washing, terrorist financing or other financial crimes;
  • registered office must be in Ireland;

Requirements for PI license in Ireland  

A PI license in Ireland is only issued to applicants who are registered in the country and have a real registered office there. Also in the state there are certain demands for the company:

  • to work with virtual money, it is necessary to hire two resident directors;
  • the person responsible for the main line of work and the employee responsible for risk administration are identified separately.

Firms requiring an Irish payment system license must comply with additional demands from the Central Bank. Also, you will need a standard documentation package for European regulators. The licensing procedure consists of the next  steps:

  1. a package of documentation is submitted to the Central Bank – if it is complete, executed correctly, the institution confirms receipt of the application;
  2. the regulator evaluates the application, clarifies all the provisions of interest to it, notifies the applicant of the result of the analysis;
  3. The main bank of Ireland decides whether to grant or reject the request.

Documents that should be prepared

  • Request for acquiring and setting up a payment institution in Ireland for e-money, including identification data.
  • Regulation confirming the legal status of the applicant;
  • Application form for authorization as a PI (including specific information and required documentation);
  • Questionnaire for PI applicants;
  • Individual suitability and integrity questionnaires for all positions controlled by the pre-approval functions (PCF) (generally board members, senior management, key officials), which are submitted electronically through the Central Bank Online Reporting System (ONR). Please note that access to the ONR is only granted after the application has moved to Stage 3, the Evaluation Stage.

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