Apply for National Insurance Home Responsibilities Protection (CF411)

Use the online form service or postal form CF411 to apply for National Insurance Home Responsibilities Protection.


Apply online (sign in using Government Gateway)

Apply for Home Responsibilities Protection using the postal form (CF411)

Notes to help you fill in the application for Home Responsibilities Protection

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To apply for Home Responsibilities Protection (HRP), you can use either the:

  • online service
  • postal form CF411

Applying as a foster carer

As a foster carer you’ll need to send HMRC a copy of an up-to-date letter of confirmation from the local authority or fostering agency.

Applying as a carer of the sick or disabled

Send HMRC evidence to show the allowance or benefits you were paid during the period that you were caring for a sick or disabled person. The evidence must show that it was paid to cover at least 48 weeks of each year you’re claiming HRP.

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How to apply

Use the online service

To apply online you need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you apply.

Submit the letter of confirmation or supporting evidence by attaching it to the online form. If you submit it using the online form, the plan should be no more than 5MB in PDF or JPEG format.

Send the postal form

You’ll need to fill in the postal form on-screen fully before you can print it. You cannot save a partly completed form so you should gather all your information together before you start to fill it in.

Submit your letter of confirmation or supporting evidence by post along with your postal application form.

Child Benefit: claim form (CH2)
Use the on screen form CH2 to claim Child Benefit. If you can’t open the form use the ‘print then complete’ version.

National Insurance: credits for parents and carers (CF411A)
Use form CF411A to apply for National Insurance credits if you’re a parent or carer of a child under 12.

Published 26 February 2014
Last updated 2 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. The address to use to get more information or advice about Home Responsibilities Protection application has been changed in the English version.

  2. Address to send the postal form CF411 has changed.

  3. An online form service is now available.

  4. First published.