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Annual Retention Fee and the renewal process

If you are a nurse or midwife practising in Ireland, it is your professional and legal responsibility to have your name on the Register of Nurses and Midwives which is maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).  This includes clinical practice, nursing/midwifery management, education and research.

Each year it is necessary to pay the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) to maintain your registration. Your employer will normally seek this certificate for you at the start of the calendar year.

Paying the ARF

In advance of a new digital system being launched in 2020 NMBI would encourage all nurses and midwives to set up an online account through My Account.

Over 70% of nurses and midwives now use My Account to pay the ARF.

Using My Account will make the transition to a new digital system in 2020 easier for you.
For more information about using My Account please see our information page.


To set up an online account with the NMBI please visit our website and click into the My Account tab at the top right of the screen. When logging in for the first time, you will need to use your Personal Identification Number and the Personal Security Number previously issued to you by the NMBI. If you have forgotten or lost this number please contact our call centre on 1890 200 116 or 01 639 8500 and select option 1. Alternatively, these will be issued to you by NMBI in your ARF notification letter.

If you have already created an online account with NMBI you are only required to use the email address and the password you already provided when you initially set up your account. There is no requirement for you to use the Personal Security Code as this is only used for first time account set up. If you have forgotten your password, please click on the "Forgotten Password" link on our website.

When you are logging in or creating an account you must make sure to use the email address you gave us as a contact email as this address is linked to your details on the Register.


You can contact our dedicated payments line on 1890 200 116 or 01 639 8500 and select option 1 to make your payment by debit or credit card.  This 1890 line is open from 9.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

NMBI is no longer taking direct debits and partial payments for ARF 2020

In advance of the introduction of a new digital platform next year NMBI has ceased accepting partial payments and direct debits for ARF 2020. 

Direct debits

The Direct debit system has been closed. If you have previously used the direct debit facility, please ensure that you pay the ARF online or by phone. You do not need to inform your bank that the NMBI direct debit for annual retention fees has been cancelled. The NMBI will not deduct any fees by direct debit this year and has removed all registrant bank details from its IT systems. 

Partial payments

Due to a very low level of uptake, we are no longer accepting partial payments. As we are preparing to launch a new digital system next year, we are streamlining everything in advance in order to make the transition easier for registered nurses and midwives.

Non-payment of the ARF

Failure to pay the ARF is a serious matter.  Following the issuance of reminder notices next January, those who have not paid the ARF for 2020 will be removed from the register for non-payment in early March 2020.

If you are removed from the Register, you cannot practise nursing or midwifery until such time as your name is restored to the Register.  You will need to complete a Restoration Form and pay the appropriate fee.  Details of the current fees are available on our fees page. 

Change of address or contact details

It is important for the ARF process to ensure that your contact details are up to date.  You can check the address and other contact details on our systems through the My Account section.  

You can also check your ARF balance through the My Account section.

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