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NMC Registration Guide for Nurses trained in the EU/EEA

For many people, moving countries and coming to work in the UK can be a little daunting with so much to organise (but it’s also very exciting, of course!).

Registering with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is your first step to work in the UK as a nurse. The various stages of the NMC registration may seem overwhelming, but please take comfort in the fact that we will assist and support you throughout the entire process. Our team has been specifically trained to provide support and guidance to the nurses.

With this guide, and the associated website, we hope to make your move to the UK easier, so that instead of worrying about practicalities you can relax and enjoy the experience.

To help you through registration, please ensure you follow the guide below carefully step-by-step:

Step 1: The Online Form

To join the register, you need to order the NMC registration pack by completing the following online form:

You will be asked to disclose some of your personal details such as full name, date of birth, home address etc. Once you have completed the application online, the NMC will provide you a unique pre-registration number (PRN) which will become your identification number for the duration of your registration.

You will receive your personalised NMC registration pack within 2 weeks to the home address you included in the online application.

Step 2: English language requirements:

You must be able to prove to the NMC that you can communicate clearly and effectively in English under one (1) of the 3 categories listed below:

1) International English Language Test System (IELTS)

The NMC will accept an IELTS Academic examination certificate that confirms you achieved:

  • an overall score of at least 7
  • at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

Or Occupational English Test (OET)

  • at least a B grade in the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections.

2) You have a recent NMC approved pre-registration nursing degree, which was taught and assessed in English. For more information please visit

3) Registration and practice of at least one year in a country where English is the first and native language and an English language assessment was required for registration.


Step 3: Documents

While waiting for your NMC registration pack to arrive you may start collecting the required documents listed below:

- Birth Certificate – the original and certified translation (if it is a European form it does not require a sworn translation).

- Marriage certificate (if applicable) – the original and certified translation (if it is a European form it does not require translation).

- Passport and/or ID card notarised as a true copy and likeness of the original. The photo must be clear and well visible.

- Police clearance certificate (a certificate of good conduct) – the original and a certified translation. The certificate cannot be older than 3 months at the time of its receipt by the NMC.

- Nursing diploma(s), bachelor’s and if applicable also the master’s degree – a notarised copy of the original diploma(s) and certified translation. If you hold a copy of your degree in English you may submit notarised photocopies of the diploma, one in the original language of your country and the English version – there is no need for the certified translation in this instance.

- Nursing licence certificate / the right to practice a profession – a notarised copy of the original and a certified translation.

- An employment reference form - translated into English, signed and dated. Standard template form will be provided by the NMC.

- Certificate from the Chamber of Nursing: certificate confirming your work experience and qualification to practice as a registered nurse in your home country with the endorsement of the EU Directive – original + certified translation, template form will be provided by the NMC.

- Passport photos – signed with the PRN (pre-register number).

Please be aware of the following:

- Do not send scanned or photocopied documents and their translations as those will be deemed “non-genuine”. Notarised copies of documents are an exception as annotated above.

- Do not send the original nursing diplomas, as those will not be returned to you.

- Certified translators and notary public stamps must be original.

The above, together with the correctly completed and signed NMC registration form should be submitted to the NMC by registered, first class post.

Step 4: Payment for Verification of Documents

Once you have collected and sent your documents to the NMC you will be liable to pay the £110 evaluation fee. Upon receipt of the application, the NMC will scan your documents into their system (usually within 10 working days) and enter your application into the registration queue – the waiting time for evaluation may take up to 90 days. Applications are processed in chronological order. If you fail to provide all the documents required, this could significantly delay your registration.

The payment is made via:

Step 5: Confirmation and payment for your registration number (NMC PIN)

Once your application is approved, the NMC will send a Letter of Declaration for you to sign and send back to them. They will then ask for registration fee payment of £120 either via a credit / debit card, or postal order. Please note that they do not accept cash.

The payment can be made via:

Once you have sent back your signed form and the NMC received your payment, they will send you a letter confirming your NMC PIN (personal identification number) – this is a confirmation that you are now a fully registered nurse with the NMC and can start practicing your profession in the United Kingdom. Your registration will then show on the online NMC register and will be available to view by you and the public. It may take up to 7-14 days for you to receive your PIN letter and the statement of entry by post.


When applying for registration please ensure all your application forms are completed in full, stamped and signed where appropriate.

All stamps and signatures must be in English and clearly visible. Please ensure all signatures are identical.

All certified documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation. You must provide the original language document and the official English translation. The NMC do not accept photocopies of these documents.

Translations must be from a legally licensed and authorised translator. The translator must confirm in writing that the translation is an exact and direct translation from the original language into English. The translator’s full name, address, signature, contact details and stamp must be provided.

The NMC accepts documents that have been certified by any of the following:

- a legal practitioner (solicitor, lawyer)

- a notary public

- the competent nursing/midwifery registration/regulatory authority in your country of training

- an official who is authorised to certify documents from an embassy or consulate

- a police officer

- a justice of the peace

- the office of mayor (when authorised to do so), and

- a member of the UK or Scottish parliaments or a member of the Welsh or Northern Ireland assemblies.

Please do not send original documents such as passports and certificates to the NMC, as those cannot be returned to you.


EU nationals trained outside of the EEA

If you trained outside the EEA, but are a national of an EEA member state, you may be eligible to apply through the EU route of registration. To do this, you must have been registered and practising in an EEA member state for at least three years and be able to provide appropriate evidence. As the rules on this are particularly complex, you should contact the NMC before you apply to discuss your situation.

We hope all of the above makes sense, but please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions. All our team is delighted to support you and respond to all your queries. 

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