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Check if you have to pay for prescriptions

What we can check

This service checks if you're entitled to free NHS prescriptions with any of these:

  • prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)
  • medical exemption certificate
  • maternity exemption certificate
  • HC2 certificate
  • tax credit exemption certificate

We will also tell you if your certificate is due to expire within the next month.

This service doesn't check what benefit you're on.

Only some benefits entitle you to free prescriptions

When you don't need to check

You're automatically entitled to free prescriptions if you are:

  • 60 or over
  • under 16
  • 16 to 18 and in full-time education

It should take less than 1 minute to complete.