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Pay your registration fees

Annual registration fees are usually paid by card in full (£90) when you renew your registration or by Direct Debit in two instalments, 1 October (£45) and 1 April (£45).

How to pay your registration fees

We will let you know when your registration fee is due via your online account. Annual registration fees are usually paid in full (£90) when you renew your registration or by Direct Debit in two instalments, 1 October (£45) and 1 April (£45).

Read more about registration fees for new applicants.

Pay by Direct Debit

We will send you a message through your online account before the Direct Debit payment is due, so you can make sure there are enough funds in your account.


Our Direct Debits are handled by GoCardless. GoCardless is an ISO certified secure solution, authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). You can find more information on the GoCardless website.

Setting up a new Direct Debit

You can set up a new Direct Debit on your online account. Direct Debits must be set up at least 5 days before a payment is due. If you set up a new Direct Debit less than 5 days before the next payment is due, you will need to pay by card.

Pay by card

If you normally pay your registration fee in full, the next time you will be asked to pay is when you renew your registration. Renewals take place annually from September to December.

Outstanding payments

If your Direct Debit fails, you will receive instructions on how to make a card payment through your online account.

You will then have 28 calendar days to make the outstanding registration fee payment. If, after this time, if you have not made the payment, you will be removed from the Social Work England register.

If you are unable to pay online, someone in the registration and advice team will be in touch about making a payment. You can also email us on [email protected]. Please note that we cannot take payments over the phone.

Voluntary removal

You can submit a request to leave the register through your online account.

Please note that we will not refund any portion of your registration fee regardless of when you leave the register. If you are removed from the register, you will not be able to practice as a social worker.

For more information, read our guidance on leaving the register voluntarily.

Contact us

If you believe that there is an error with a charge, please send an email to [email protected] with further information and evidence of payment of your registration fees. We will then investigate this and contact you with our response.

If you need to speak to someone on the phone, please request a call back in your email.

We understand that you may be feeling anxious about your finances during the time. It’s important that you seek support if you are struggling to pay your registration fees. If you do not pay your registration fees, you are at risk of being removed from the register.

Read more about organisations that may be able to support you.

Last updated: 30 November 2020

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