Joining the National Council for Metal Detecting is not just about insurance, there are a lot of benefits for your basic £8 per year membership:

✓ Insurance cover for commercial rallies/events, private & group digs.

✓ You get two membership cards – One for your wallet/purse and a key fob card to keep with your keys or you could tie it to your metal detector so you always have one with you. (Overseas Members will only have a Digital Card)

✓  Digital NCMD Card via the online Membership Area and the NCMD App

✓ Public liability insurance up to £10,000,000 – With £0 excess

✓ Cover for Europe but may be extended Worldwide – (See T&Cs here

✓ Access to the NCMD App 

✓ Access to our Major Finds Excavation Fund to help you with important finds
(Currently only available in England & Wales)

✓ We represent you and other detectorists across the UK at local and government levels on all matters relating to the hobby of metal detecting

✓ NCMD Digging Deep Newsletter (printed or digital version emailed to members)

✓ Ability to join our online community forum & enter competitions

✓ Log in and make changes to your membership anytime

Membership Options

You can choose a 1-5 year membership which can be automatically renewed unless cancelled. (You will get advanced notification before your membership is auto renewed)

1 year – £8
2 year – £15
3 year – £22
5 year – £35

PLEASE NOTE: All members must register with their own email address, even those in the same household. You cannot share the same email address as it would stop you accessing areas like the forum. 

Renewing your membership early
You can now renew your membership up to 90 days before your expiry date, without losing any of your current membership. You will need to log into your account to renew. If you are logging in for the first time, you may need to register an email address before you can access this option. Follow the link on the Renew a Membership page.

– Please allow up to 25 working days for delivery of your membership card.

You will be sent a digital version to use straight away and you can also view your card via the NCMD App. 

– You can now Opt Out of physical NCMD cards if you wish.

– Lost/Damaged Membership Cards have a £4 replacement fee.

– Your membership covers the whole of the UK.

– Overseas members can now join then NCMD (Digital NCMD Card Only) with upto 7 days detecting insurance at a time, but there is no restriction on the number of trips you can make and you will have the same insurance cover enjoyed by our UK members while detecting in the UK.

Postal Applications are available by downloading this form and sending to us along with your cheque/postal order. Download Membership Form

Overseas Members UK archaeological objects found in the ground and at least 50 years old need an Export Licence before they can be exported overseas.