Renewing your registration

How to renew and retain your registration each year

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

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. Please do this well before your expiry date. We will then update your registration for a further year. To renew your registration online, visit  NMC Online.

If you don’t submit your documentation or fees before your due date your registration will automatically lapse and you will be unable to practice. From November 2015, should you allow your registration to lapse, the only way to regain registration would be by applying for readmission. That process can take two to six weeks, depending on your circumstances. You would be unable to practise during that period.

Revalidation (from April 2016)

Every three years from April 2016 onwards, nurses and midwives will need to renew their registration through revalidation. The revalidation requirements replace the post-registration education and practice (Prep) requirements which end on 31 March 2016.

To renew your registration online (either annual retention or 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 60 days in advance if your annual retention or renewal through revalidation is due, so it is important you tell us about any changes to your contact details.

It is illegal to work in any role if you are unregistered. Applications for readmission 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 (until 31 March 2016)

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 (CPD), 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.

Periodic renewal

On your notification of practice (NoP) 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. NMC Online is the only way to access and fill in the form from our website.

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.

Revalidation: What nurses and midwives need to do

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Revalidation requirement:

  • 5 written reflective accounts