Prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) application process

 

Applying for a PPC

If you are resident in England, there are four ways to apply for a prescription prepayment certificate:

Online - using our secure web application form

This is the quickest and most popular way to buy or renew a PPC.

Postal applications

To apply by post, complete the FP95 application form, available from pharmacies and doctors surgeries.  You can also download an FP95 application form in portable document format.  

Note: The option to pay in full by credit or debit card is no longer available if you are applying by post.

When you have completed and signed the form, send it to:

NHSBSA
PPC
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 6SN

We aim to process postal applications within three working days of receiving the form.

Your PPC will start from the date we receive your postal application unless you ask for a different start date. This can be up to one month earlier or later than the date we receive your postal application.

Over the telephone

To apply for a PPC over the phone, call the PPC order line. The lo-call rate number for this service is 0300 330 1341.

Please have your:

  • debit or credit card details ready if you want to pay in full; or
  • your bank or building society account details ready if you want to pay for a 12-month PPC by 10 monthly Direct Debit instalments.

Your PPC will start from the date we receive your phone call unless you ask for a different start date.  This can be up to one month earlier or later than the date of your phone call.

From a pharmacy registered to sell PPCs

To purchase a PPC at a registered pharmacy you must complete an FP95 application form (available from the registered pharmacy) and pay the pharmacy the relevant fee for your PPC; £29.10 for a three-month certificate and £104.00 for a 12-month certificate.  The pharmacy will forward your details to us, and you will normally receive your certificate within seven days of us receiving your application. 

Note: The option to pay for a 12-month prepayment certificate by 10 monthly Direct Debit instalments is not available within registered pharmacies.

Your PPC will start from the date of purchase, unless you ask for a different start date.  This can be up to one month earlier or later than the date you buy your PPC or complete the online application.

To see if there is a pharmacy near you who has registered to sell PPCs, please read our
list of registered pharmacies.

People resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

The prescription prepayment certificate scheme is for people normally resident in England only.  If you are resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you are usually entitled to free NHS prescriptions.