Trained in the UK

Information for nurses and midwives who trained in the UK 

We maintain a register of around 690,000 nurses and midwives. We aim to complete your registration application as quickly as possible. However, we need to make sure this is done correctly to protect the public.

We receive between 8000–9000 names from education institutes every September and 2000 every March, so it is important that you work with us to reduce any delays in the application process.

If you have not yet enrolled onto a course, please see our list of approved programmes.

The initial registration process

Once you have completed your course, your university will upload to our database your course details and personal information (such as name, address and date of birth). After confirming your qualification details, we will inform you by post within 7–10 working days.

Your university will also need to send us a declaration confirming your good health and good character. It may take up to working 10 days to receive, verify and allocate it to the rest of your application.  We aim to assess your completed application within 2-10 working days, meaning that the time between your university sending this declaration to us and your application being assessed will be a maximum of 20 working days. As with all applications, we will always aim to process these as quickly as possible.

To join our register, you're advised to create an account with NMC Online. You can pay the registration fee of £120 (£23 if recording subsequent registration qualifications) and complete an application form online. At this point, you must declare any police cautions or criminal convictions to us. For information on how to do this, please see our section on declaring cautions and convictions.

When we receive all of the information we need, a registrations officer will review your documents. If everything is completed correctly, your application will be processed and you will be on our register within 2–10 working days. Use NMC Online to check if your application has been accepted, as well as to download and print a statement of entry.

If you make an application six months or more after completing your nursing or midwifery programme, you are required to complete a separate application. It is important that you apply to register within five years of your course completion date or you will not be able to register with us. If you do not register your qualification within five years, you will have to complete a pre-registration programme again or a test of competence. Please read the standards and guidance on registering more than five years after qualifying.

Your potential employers can use the online confirmation service to check your registration as the statement of entry is not proof of registration.

Indemnity arrangements

On your initial application you will be required to declare that you have or are intending to have an indemnity arrangement before you start practising.

For more information, see our section on indemnity arrangements.