Sign up and pay for your membership
Individuals who are not, or do not wish to be, members or associated with a club can join the NCMD in one of two ways:
(1) Individual membership registered directly with the National Council
You can renew your membership or join as a new member using the online form below. This replaces the need to send in an application form.
You can still pay using a postal application form for those who are unable or unwilling to pay online. This can be found by following the link at the bottom of this page; please note postal applications may take longer so please allow 28 days for your card to arrive.
(2) Individual membership of an NCMD region
Members who wish to join one of the regions must NOT use the online form. Instead please use the relevant form for your region by following the link at the bottom of the page.
Before you proceed, please note…
All membership options cover the whole of the UK, including Scotland. Please choose your membership based on your home address if you chose to join via a region.
- Your e-mail receipt is your proof of membership until your membership card arrives. It contains your membership number so please save it in case you ever lose your card. If it doesn’t arrive within a couple of hours please check your junk folder and that your payment was successful before contacting us.
- Please allow up to 21 working days for delivery of your membership card. Note this increases to 28 days if you use the postal membership option.
- All NCMD memberships run from 1st April to 31st March in any year, or part thereof.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The NCMD seeks the opinions of its membership on matters affecting the hobby as they arise and keeps them informed on developments. The NCMD offers advice on various matters via its national officers and individuals with long experience in the hobby.
- The NCMD provides a means whereby the consensus views of its membership can be represented both at Local and National Government level, with the Local and National Press, and any other organisations which may have an interest in hobby activities.
- The NCMD provides excellent civil liability insurance up to £10,000,000 which includes cover both in the UK and while attending organised metal detecting outings abroad (cover available to UK residents only – see insurance) free of charge to all of its registered members. All members receive free civil liability insurance.
- The NCMD holds meetings attended by regional representatives. You will have a voice at all annual general meetings for the election of officers, to give reports on its activities and to present audited annual accounts for the scrutiny and questioning of all of its membership.
- Various social events, digs, exhibitions etc. are arranged by NCMD regions & clubs.
- The NCMD maintains an archive of documents relating to events affecting the hobby for the use of it’s membership.
- NCMD colour newsletter: Digging Deep.
From 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022 or any part thereof:
- Individual membership (Central Register): £8.00
- Central Register Club membership: £8.00
- Individual membership (of a NCMD region): varies (includes regional levy)
- NCMD Regional club membership: £8.00 (including regional levy)
There are various types of membership.
- Individual member registered directly with the National Council (see online form above or postal applications via the link).
- Individual membership as a member of an NCMD region. Note not all regions operate this facility. Forms to do this (postal applications only, except for Scotland) are available via the link on this page.
- Membership of a local club which is part of an NCMD region, which in turn elects four voting delegates to the regular meetings of the Council.
- Membership of a club on the Central Register, which is affiliated directly with the National Council, permitting you to express opinions through the Individual and Associate Membership secretariat.
- Affiliate membership, which is only open to invited commercial interest groups or other organisations and does not permit you the facility for voting on NCMD matters or insurance facilities.
NCMD membership requires each member to observe the constitution, to adhere to the NCMD Code of Conduct and be free from conviction for any criminal offence relating to metal detecting activities.