Renewing your registration

How to renew and retain your registration each year

It is important that you pay your registration fee annually, to stay on our register. This renewal of your registration is known as annual retention.

In addition, every three years (from the date of your initial registration or last readmission) you will receive a notification of practice form, where you need to declare that you have met your post-registration education and practice (Prep) requirements. This three-yearly process is known as periodic renewal.

To renew your registration online (either annual retention or periodic renewal), visit NMC Online. You will be able to set up an online account if you do not already have one.

We will write to you 45 days in advance if your annual retention or periodic renewal is due. So it is important that you tell us about any changes to your contact details.

It is illegal to work in any role if you are unregistered. Applications for re-admission from nurses and midwives who are found to have been working unregistered will be referred to the Registrar's Advisory Group for consideration.

Meeting the Prep standards

To maintain your registration with the NMC, you need to declare you have completed:

  • 450 hours of registered practice in the previous three years and
  • 35 hours of learning activity (Continuing Professional Development) in the previous three years.

The practice standard can be met through administrative, supervisory, teaching, research and managerial roles as well as providing direct patient care.

Any practice hours completed while you were lapsed or not registered cannot be counted towards the practice requirement.

The CPD standard

For examples of learning activities and how to create a professional profile please see the Prep Handbook.

If you cannot fulfil the Prep standards, you will need to complete an approved return to practice programme.

Annual retention

If you are not due to complete a periodic renewal, the only thing you need to do is pay your registration fee of £120. We will then update your registration for a further year. To renew your registration online, visit NMC Online.

Periodic renewal

On your notification of practice form, you will need to declare that you have met the Prep standards that enable you to remain on the register. You can fill in your form on NMC Online or complete and return the paper copy to us.

You must ensure your notification of practice form is completed correctly. Please make sure this form reaches us at least 15 days before the expiry date so your registration does not lapse. To renew your registration online, please visit NMC Online.

Further information for midwives

In addition to the above information, if you have gained a midwifery qualification you must contact and send your intention to practise (ItP) form to your local supervising authority midwifery officer. You will be provided with an ItP form with your initial application documents. This must be submitted to your local supervisor of midwives who will then forward the information to the local supervising authority before you undertake any work as a midwife.