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Fees

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.

Fee changes in 2016

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 will introduce 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.

How we use your fee

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.

Tax relief

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.

On other pages in this section

You can find further information on:

  1. Registration fees
  2. Specialist or GP registration fees
  3. Specialist and GP registration appeals fees
  4. Annual retention fees
  5. Applying for an income discount
  6. Help with fees for refugee doctors
  7. Application refunds and scrutiny fees

Current fees

Registration Fees Effective until 31 March 2016 Effective from 1 April 2016
Full registration with a licence to practise for doctors who hold, or have previously held, provisional registration £200 1 £200                   
Full registration with a licence to practise for doctors who submit their application within two years of passing a primary medical qualification (and do not hold, or have not previously held, provisional registration) £200 1, £200 1
Full registration with a licence to practise for doctors not covered by the scenarios above £420 1,2 £425 1,2
Full registration with a licence to practise for a temporary period for a visiting eminent specialist £420 1 £425 1
Provisional registration with a licence to practise £90 1,3 £90 1,3
Restoration fee £325 4 £325 4
Scrutiny fee £90 £90
Specialist or GP Registration Fees Effective until 31 March 2016 Effective from 1 April 2016
Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) £420 £420
Review of an application or a reapplication for a CCT £235 £235
Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) £1600 £1600
Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR) £1600 £1600
Application for a CEGPR through the Approved Programme (AP) £1600 £1600
Review of an application or a reapplication for a CESR or a CEGPR £695 £695
Application for a CESR or a CEGPR through the combined programme (CP) £420 £420
Application for sub-specialty recognition £295 £295
Certificate of GP acquired rights £295 £295
Review of an application or a reapplication for a Certificate of GP acquired rights £150 £150
Reassessment of a CESR or CEGPR application that was assessed through the General System of assessment £695 £695
Specialist and GP registration appeals fees Effective until 31 March 2016 Effective from 1 April 2016
Application to an Appeal Panel (written appeal) £1600 £1600
Application to an Appeal Panel (oral appeal) £2420 £2420
Annual Retention Fees Effective until 31 March 2016 Effective from 1 April 2016 
Annual retention fee for registration with a licence to practise £420 2 £425 2
Annual retention fee for registration without a licence to practise £150 2 £152 2
Revalidation for doctors without a prescribed connection Effective until 17 January 2016 Effective from 18 January 2016
Annual return N/A £250*
Revalidation assessment N/A £1100
PLAB Fees Effective until 31 January 2016 Effective from 1 February 2016
Part 1 of the PLAB test £155 £230
Part 2 of the PLAB test £465 £840
Request for clerical check of results for the PLAB test £45 £45

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.