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All doctors pay a fee to register with the General Medical Council (GMC) and an annual retention fee (ARF) to remain on our Register. We also charge fees for administering the PLAB tests, and for specialist or GP registration applications.
From 1 April 2016, the annual retention fee is £425. Please see our press release from December 2015 for more information.
On 1 July 2016, we introduced a fee for credit card transactions (1.5%) and a fee for paying the annual retention fee in quarterly or monthly instalments (£8). Read more about the new instalment fee.
Later in the year, we will introduce a fee of £10 if you are applying to change your registration status on the medical register. Read more about the upcoming change.
Your annual retention fee supports the important work we carry out as an organisation. This includes managing complaints about doctors, managing the medical register, supporting doctors with their practice and overseeing the quality of doctors' education and training.
We are determined to keep our costs down and ensure the main fee paid by every doctor - the annual retention fee - is kept as low as possible in the future.
Please read about how we use your fee.
Read how the annual retention fee and other key registration fees have changed in recent years.
The GMC is on the list of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) approved organisations. This means you may be entitled to tax relief on your annual retention fee. Further information can be found on the HMRC website.
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1 This includes a non-refundable scrutiny fee should your application be refused, closed or withdrawn.
2 Doctors whose gross annual worldwide income from all sources is below the specified income threshold may be entitled to a 50% discount on the value of their annual retention fee. Further information can be found on our income discount page.
3 The fee for provisional registration is for three years and 30 days.
4 A restoration fee is charged to doctors restoring to the Register following administrative erasure.
5 From 25 June 2014, European doctors granted registration without a licence due to insufficient evidence that they have the necessary knowledge of English language to practise safely in the UK, will receive a refund of the licence part of their fee.
*Any annual return submitted on or after 18 January 2016 will be charged a new fee.
**Any PLAB tests booked on or after 1 February 2016 will be charged the new fee.
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