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Setting up your NHS login

You'll need to set up an NHS login before you can access the NHS App.

Documents you'll need to set up an NHS login

You'll need one of the following documents:

  • a passport
  • a UK driving licence (full or provisional)
  • a European driving licence (full)
  • a European national identity card

Alternatively, you can use the details your GP surgery gave you when you registered for their GP online services.

Proving who you are

The first time you set up your NHS login, you'll need to prove who you are. This will involve either:

  • a face scan using your device's camera
  • recording a short video

We do this to check that your face matches the face in your photo ID document. This is so we can connect you to your NHS record and protect your health information.

Alternative ways to register

Ask your GP surgery for a letter containing your registration details for their GP online services. You can use these to set up an NHS login, which you can then use to access the NHS App.

Registering when you're aged 13 to 15

If you're aged 13 to 15, you can use your ID document to set up your NHS login, but you will not be able to access the NHS App.

You'll need to contact your GP surgery first and request access to GP online services before you can use the app.

Setting up an NHS login on behalf of a family member

Currently, you can only set up an NHS login for yourself.

Page last reviewed: 3 June 2020
Next review due: 3 December 2020