Annual Retention Fee (ARF) 2020 advance notification

ARF notification letters will begin to issue in November 2019. Please note the ARF deadline is 31 December 2019.


Making it easier to pay with ‘My Account’


We strongly encourage all nurses and midwives to set up an online account through My Account.


Most 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.


Please ensure you provide the correct postal address for your certificate to be posted to and the correct email address.


For more information about using My Account please see our information page.


The Options for ARF Payment from November onwards are:




If this is your first time setting up an online account with the NMBI please visit our website and click the My Account button 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 6398500 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.




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 accepting 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


Direct debits are being phased out over the next year in advance of the new digital platform being introduced. This is being done to avoid ambiguity regarding when an ARF is paid, and if a nurse or midwife is registered. The new system will result in a live Register; removing reliance on printed certs and the Register being live and updated immediately.


Letters will issue in the coming weeks to those who previously paid by direct debit.


Partial payments


There was a very low level of uptake of partial payments, and as we are now preparing for a new digital system we are streamlining everything in advance of that to make the transition to the new system easier for registered nurses and midwives next year.


As you may be aware if you tried to pay using the partial payments option this year, the payment system has been closed since 14 March 2019 in line with the new policy, and there has been an accompanying note of explanation.


The My Account payment facility will re-open in November 2019 and you will be able to pay the €100 Annual Retention Fee, or your remaining balance, at that time.

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In this issue
NMBI Survey for Nurses and Midwives: Your feedback is needed
100 Years of Nursing Regulation Conference
Annual Retention Fee (ARF) 2020 advance notification
Removal of Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA)
National Maternity Experience Survey
Criteria for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Midwife Practitioner
Careers in Nursing/Midwifery Booklet published
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