National Register of Clergy information

There are some important changes coming about how information relating to you, and how your office or your Permission to Officiate (PTO) is recorded and published.

The introduction of the National Register of Clergy, an important development in strengthening safeguarding in our Church, is now at its final stage. The National Register is one of the recommendations in the 2017 Gibb Report into the case of the late Peter Ball, setting out necessary steps to ensure safeguarding in the Church is of the highest possible standard. The changes relate to Recommendation 11 (b):

The Church should introduce arrangements for a national register of clergy with PTO.

What does this mean for you?

The register will include the following information about:

  • Your title and name
  • How you are engaged with the Church of England e.g. Associate Vicar - St Mary & St Anne Moseley
  • The Diocese, Area or Benefice to which you are licensed

This information will be publicly available here on the Church of England website. People will be able to search the register to verify whether someone has PTO or licence to hold office.

All those with a licence from their Bishop or Archbishop will be included by law, following the passing of the final piece of legislation by General Synod in November 2020. At the time of launch in May the National Register will include those who are ordained, expanding to include lay ministry in due course. The National Register will not include contact information.

What are we asking you to do?

If you have not completed the form below, please do so at your earliest convenience. This will ensure that the information the National Church Institutions (NCIs) and your Diocese hold on you is correct.

Why are we asking for contact information?

The National Register is supported by a new People System that will manage payroll and hold people data for stipendiary clergy, other ministers, and NCI staff.

We are asking you for your contact information so that we can connect the information that appears in the National Register (see the list above) to you. In addition, providing an email address means that you will have access to the People System to view pay information, update your personal information and so on. An email about that will be sent to the address you provide in the form below.

The information that the public will see in the National Register is being confirmed by the Diocese in which you are licensed or hold PTO. The National Register will not include contact information.

If you have not received your letter, and you think you should, we ask that you email us at [email protected] so we can give you your Person Unique Number.


Do I need to confirm the details about my ministry?
What if I don’t have all the information I need to complete the online form?
Where will this information be held?
Will the Register include contact details or biographical information like those found in Crockford’s Clerical Directory?
Will the Register replace my local Diocese’s directory or contact management system?