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 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 are need help - 020 7839 6000.


Step 2 - check your payment method.

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 020 7839 6000 to confirm.

  • If you currently have a Direct Debit set up, check that your bank account details are the same and that you are happy with the frequency of payments. If your membership category, bank details and frequency of payment are all correct then you do not need to contact us. Your Direct Debit schedule is listed on your renewal form.

    If you need to change any of your membership category, bank details or frequency of payments, please amend these on the renewal forms and post back to us. If you need a new mandate, please email us
  • If you are not currently paying by Direct Debit, make a payment by one of the following methods.
    • Set up a Direct Debit using the mandate on your renewal form. If you need a new mandate, please email us
    • Log in to pay securely by Credit or Debit card.
    • Make a Bank Transfer. Please include your member number and surname as a reference (e.g. 12345Surname)
      Bank account number: 40723746
      Bank sort code/routing number: 20 53 00
      IBAN: GB03 BARC 2053 0040 723746
    • Post a cheque with the renewal form.

Step 3 - get your receipt.

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

Step 4 - claim tax relief.

If your employer does not refund your payment, you should be able to get tax relief on your membership payment.

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, you can deduct the cost of your fees for each year from your taxable income and reduce the amount of tax you pay. 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 4 years of the end of the tax year that you spent the money. Visit the HMRC website for more information