The UK Government has introduced emergency legislation which lets us temporarily register nursing and midwifery professionals who want to support the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

You may be eligible to apply to join if you left the permanent register after 1 March 2015.

You don't have to pay a registration fee or meet our revalidation requirements to join. You can also opt-out at any time.

How to join the temporary register

The Covid-19 temporary register is currently only open to people who left our permanent register between 1 March 2015 and 31 October 2021.

Join the Covid-19 temporary register

After you submit your application, we'll check your details and let you know when we have added you to the Covid-19 temporary register. If we have any questions, we'll get in touch.

You'll be added to the temporary register as either a registered nurse, midwife or dual qualified nurse and midwife. We won't add any fields of practice or annotations to your temporary registration.

Depending on when you left the permanent register, you may have conditions of practice on your temporary registration. 

Read more about working while on the Covid-19 temporary register.

If you've lapsed your registration more recently

We recognise that professionals who have recently left our register may want to come back to help support the workforce response to Covid-19 and in particular with the rollout of any vaccine. We want to support them to do this.

While we’re encouraging nurses and midwives to rejoin the permanent register where they can, we recognise that some people may want to support the emergency response in the short term. We also know that some people may not be able to rejoin the permanent register as quickly (particularly if they were due to revalidate).

That’s why we’ve opened the Covid-19 temporary register up to those who left our permanent register recently up until 31 October 2021.

If you're an overseas candidate

Now that our facilities to enable overseas candidates to join our permanent register are fully functioning, we're no longer accepting overseas nurses onto the temporary register.

If you’re an overseas candidate and you’re already on the temporary register, this does not affect you – you can remain on the temporary register until you have completed your permanent registration.

We will continue to closely monitor the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on the workforce.

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Closing the temporary register

Temporary registration is separate from full registration and will come to end when the temporary register closes.

The emergency legislation sets out that this will be when the Secretary of State notifies us that the emergency situation has ended. We're working with the government to ensure the notice period for these changes is as long as possible.


In March 2020, we opened our Covid-19 temporary register and invited different groups to join one at a time to build up the register in a safe and measured way. These groups were:

  • Nurses and midwives who left our permanent register between 1 March 2017 and 29 February 2020
  • Overseas candidates who had completed all parts of their NMC registration process except their OSCE
  • Nurses and midwives who left our permanent register between 1 March 2015 and 28 February 2017

After closely monitoring workforce requirements and progression of the pandemic with our partners, we decided not to open up the temporary register to nursing students.

Read our Covid-19 emergency temporary registration policy and our joint statements on expanding the nursing and midwifery workforce for more background.