Personal tax – form

National Insurance: credits for parents and carers (CF411A)

Use this form to apply or transfer National Insurance credits if you're a parent or carer of a child under 12.


Apply online (sign in to or set up a Government Gateway account)

Apply by post

Notes on how to apply or transfer credits for parents and carers

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If you’re a foster or kinship carer you’ll need to use the postal form to apply.

You must include a copy of a letter from your local authority or fostering agency confirming your status as a carer.

Send the form and supporting letter to:

HM Revenue and Customs
national Insurance contributions and Employer Office
Individuals Caseworker
Benton Park View
Newcastle Upon Tyne

If you’re a parent or carer of a child under 12, you’ll automatically get Class 3 National Insurance credits if you claim Child Benefit.

Use the online service or postal form if you need to:

  • apply for credits as a foster carer, or kinship carer in Scotland
  • transfer credits from a spouse or partner who claimed the Child Benefit
  • apply for credits missing from your National Insurance account - if you didn’t automatically get them when you claimed Child Benefit

If you use the online form, you’ll get a reference number that you can use to track the progress of your form.

Before you start using the postal form

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