You’ll be asked to provide a number to identify who you are when you apply for a UK GHIC or UK EHIC.
To do this, you need to provide your National Insurance (NI) number on your application.
Find information about how to find a lost NI number on GOV.UK.
No NI number
If you do not have an NI number, you'll not be able to make an application using the online application.
If you’re applying for a UK GHIC, email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re applying for a UK EHIC, email your application to email@example.com.
Include in your email:
- your name
- your date of birth
- your permanent UK address including postcode
- telephone number
- email address
- your nationality
- country of birth
- if you have healthcare cover from another country besides the UK, such as having an S1, E121, E106 or E109
- if you were ordinarily resident in the UK on or before the 31 December 2020
- if you plan to permanently move to another country in the next five years, if so, the date you plan to start living in another country
- the reason you do not have an NI number
- if you’re going to live abroad, the address if known.
If you're studying abroad, you must also provide information on your course.
This must be provided on letter headed paper and stamped by the educational institution:
- name and address of the educational institution
- qualification you're studying for
- the start and end date of your course
- dates of study period abroad.
EU Settlement Scheme check
When completing your details for an EU Settlement Scheme check, you will need to provide your NHS number.
If you’re unable to provide your NHS number, you can provide one of the following:
If you live in Scotland
You can provide your Community Health Index (CHI) number.
If you live in Northern Ireland
You can provide your Health and Care Number (HCN).