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Document How long will my HC2 / HC3 certificate be valid for?

You'll receive a certificate valid for 12 months unless you're:
  • a final year student or a student on a 1 year course (you'll receive a certificate valid until the last day of your academic year) 
     
  • a care leaver (you'll receive a certificate valid for 12 months or until your 18th birthday, whichever is longer)
     
  • an asylum seeker (you'll receive a certificate valid for 6 months)
You'll receive a certificate valid for 5 years if you're:
  • A single person aged 65 or over; or
     
  • Part of a couple where one member is aged 60 or over and the other is aged 65 or over; and you have
     
  • No earnings
     
  • No payments from an occupational, personal or private pension scheme
     
  • No payments from an annuity
You will receive a certificate valid for 5 years if you live in a residential care home and you are:
  • A single person aged 65 or over; or
     
  • Part of a couple where one member is aged 60 or over and the other is aged 65 or over; and
     
  • You are receiving no earnings



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