Voluntary National Insurance

How and when to pay

Find out how to:

If you’re living abroad, read leaflet NI38 and fill in form CF83 (found at the end). Send it back to HMRC using the address on the form.


You can usually pay voluntary contributions for the past 6 years. The deadline is 5 April each year.

You have until 5 April 2021 to make up for gaps for the tax year 2014 to 2015.

You can sometimes pay for gaps from more than 6 years ago, depending on your age.

You’re a man born before 6 April 1950 or a woman born before 6 October 1952

You have 6 years after you reach State Pension age to increase your state pension if you’re a:

  • man born between 6 April 1943 and 5 April 1950
  • woman born between 6 April 1948 and 5 October 1952

You have until 4 April 2021 to pay extra voluntary contributions if you reached State Pension Age on 5 April 2015.

You’re a man born after 5 April 1951 or a woman born after 5 April 1953

You have until 5 April 2023 to pay voluntary contributions to make up for gaps between April 2006 and April 2016.