Renew your membership

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

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Step 1 - check your membership category and fee

You will find your current membership category and fee on the renewal forms we posted you, or you can view it online here (you will need to login). If you already have a Direct Debit set up we emailed you with your renewal details. 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.  If your membership category has changed – please complete this form.

Step 2 - make your payment

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, download one here

If your bank details have changed, download one here.

If you have any queries please contact us.  email or call 0207 766 4392/4399.

Credit or debit card
Log in to pay securely by credit or debit card or call to pay over the phone 020 7766 4392 or 020 7766 4399

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


Please make your cheque payable to The College of Optometrists and send it to the College:

  • Posting from the UK - address the envelope to: Freepost THE COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRISTS
  • Posting from overseas- address the envelope to: The Membership Team, The College of Optometrists, 42 Craven St, London WC2N 5NG, UK 

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