Your membership card shows that you are a member of the union. It cannot be used as press accreditation. This is a permanent card that you will receive with your welcome letter. Replacement cards can be requested.
There are different cards for different categories of members, as well as different cards for UK and Irish members. If you change category, for example from student to full membership, you will receive a new card.
The NUJ press card is formally recognised by all police forces in the UK and de facto by other public bodies so it is an important working tool for journalists in the UK.
As a member of the UK press card scheme, the union issues more than half the cards in circulation in the UK. The union issues cards free of charge to members eligible to carry them under the rules of the scheme.
This card is in English, but a Welsh version can be requested by people living and working in Wales.
The NUJ in Ireland issues a press card to members and it is recognised by the statutory agencies, police, army, etc. Ireland does not have the gate keeper system which operates in the UK.
This card is available in either English or Irish.
The NUJ can also supply members with International Press cards. These cards are issued by the International Federation of Journalists through the NUJ and are for journalists working in foreign countries.
There is an additional cost for this card. If you would like to apply for an international press card, you will need to supply a passport style photo.
Student members in the UK can apply for a UK student press card.
Student members in the Republic of Ireland can apply for the Irish student card.
This card is avaliable in either English or Irish.