Renew your membership

Our new membership year starts from 1 October. Refer to this checklist to ensure that all your details are correct

Share options

Step 1 - check your membership category and fee

You will find your current membership category and fee on the renewal forms we posted to you, or you can view it online here (you will need to login). Please note that there are reduced rates for those who are retired, on a career/maternity break and those working less than 50 days a year. Please call us if you need help - 020 7766 4392/4399.


Step 2 - make your payment

Paying by Direct Debit
If you have a Direct Debit set up, this will be made clear on your renewal letter.  If you are unsure, please call us on 0207 766 4392/4399 to confirm.

  • If you currently have a Direct Debit set up, payment is made automatically on 1 October 2020.  You do not need to take any further action. 

    If your membership category has changed – please complete this form.

    To change your payment frequency – click here.

    If your bank details have changed, please contact us for a new mandate: email or call 0207 766 4392/4399.

Switching to Direct Debit
The most affordable and convenient way to pay for your College membership is to set up a Direct Debit and choose whether to pay annually, quarterly or monthly. 

  • You can set up a Direct Debit using the mandate on your renewal form. If you need a new mandate, please email us

Other ways to pay

  • Credit or debit card - log in to pay securely by credit or debit card.
  • Bank Transfer - use the following details to make your bank transfer. Please use your member number and surname as the reference (e.g. 12345Surname)

    Barclays Bank
    Bank account number: 40723746
    Bank sort code/routing number: 20 53 18
    IBAN: GB19 BARC 2053 1840 723746
  • Cheque - post a cheque with the renewal form.

Step 3 - get your receipt

  • If you pay by Direct Debit, the receipt will be available after the last payment has been taken. Please note that this may be up to 10 days after the payment is taken as we have to wait for the banks to confirm payment. 
  • If you pay by BACS, credit or debit card your receipt will be available online within 48 hours. 

Step 4 - claim your tax relief

The College of Optometrists is on the list of HMRC organisations approved for tax relief on subscriptions. Therefore, if you pay tax in the UK, and your employer does not refund your membership fee, you can reclaim your subscription against the tax due on your optometry income, saving up to 40% of the fee. For example, if you pay tax at a 20% rate, you can claim back 20% of the cost of your fees. You must claim within four years of the end of the tax year that you spent the money. Find out how to reclaim your tax