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Apply online for a statement of your National Insurance account

If you are resident in the UK and want to check your National Insurance record you can apply online to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for a statement of your National Insurance account.

If you are resident abroad or have been abroad, read the section 'If you are resident abroad' to find out how to get a statement of your account.

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Information you'll need to provide

Before you start to complete the form it's very important that you have all of the information below to hand. Some of this information is used to confirm your identity - because of this, it must be accurate and complete.

General information you'll need to provide

  • your email address
  • your full name, including any middle name(s)
  • your National Insurance number
  • your date of birth
  • your present full postal address - and previous address
  • your contact telephone number

You'll need to provide one of the following for HMRC to validate your identity

  • your current employer's PAYE reference number - you'll find this on your wage slip or on your P60 form unless you have recently changed employer
  • if you receive a private or company pension, your pension provider's PAYE reference number - you'll find this on your pension provider's advice slip or on your P60 form
  • your current employer's or private or company pension provider's name
  • your employee works number for your current employment or if you receive a private or occupational pension, your pension number
  • the name of your previous employer if you have changed your main employment in the last two years
  • if you're self-employed you'll need to tell HMRC how you pay your Class 2 National Insurance contributions
  • if your only or main income is from State Pension or another state benefit you'll need to tell HMRC which benefit you are getting

This information is very important because it helps HMRC keep your personal details safe. If they can't be sure who you are they will not accept your online application.

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If you want to tell HMRC about a change of name

You'll also need to provide:

  • your new name and date on which you changed it
  • your spouse's or civil partner's full name, date of birth, National Insurance number and Unique Taxpayer Reference number if they have one
  • the date you separated

If you need to report a legal gender change, you can only do this in writing, enclosing the appropriate Gender Recognition Certificate (unless you have told the Gender Recognition Panel to notify HMRC directly).

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If you want to tell HMRC about a change of address

You'll also need to provide:

  • your new address including postcode and the date from which your address changed
  • your new contact telephone number(s)

If you want HMRC to contact you at a different address - your 'nominated correspondence address' - you'll need to tell them the full address and the date from which you want them to use it.

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Complete and send your application

When you have the information you need, apply for a statement of your National Insurance account by following the link below

Apply for a statement of your National Insurance account

If you have seen the proposals for the Single Tier State Pension and want to know how many qualifying years you have towards your State Pension you should request a State Pension statement. The State Pension statement will provide you with an estimate of your State Pension based on current State Pension law.

Find out more about the Single Tier State Pension (Opens new window)

Apply for a State Pension statement (Opens new window)

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What happens after you've applied

HMRC will tell you by letter or email if they can accept your application online and what will happen next.

If they can't accept your application online, they'll write or email to tell you what to do to get a statement.

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If you are resident abroad

If you are resident abroad or have been abroad and want to check your National Insurance record, contact the National Insurance Contributions Office – International Caseworker by following the link below.

National Insurance Contributions Office – International Caseworker

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