Annual retention fee

All doctors pay a fee to register with the General Medical Council. Following registration you need to pay an annual fee to retain your name on our Register of Medical Practitioners.

The annual fee you must pay depends on your registration status. Please refer to our fees page for more details.

Contents

How much to pay

Fees
Applying for an income discount

How and when will I receive a bill for my annual fee?

E-billing
Paper billing 

How can I pay my annual fee?

Direct Debit
Debit /Credit card
Internet banking and bank transfers
Cheques, bank drafts and postal orders
In person

What happens after I pay my fee?

Annual retention fee confirmation
Tax relief and receipts

What if I do not pay?

Erasure for non-payment
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How much to pay

Annual fees are set out on our fees page.

You can find out more about applying for an income discount on our income discount page.

E-billing

We will send your bill by email a month before your annual fee is due. It will show the type of fee and amount due. You can also view and print your bill by logging in to your GMC Online account.

E-billing is a fast and secure way for you to receive your annual bills and is part of our drive to be more efficient and cost-effective.

To opt in to e-billing simply log in to GMC Online, click My Account and select Change my preference.

Paper billing

If you haven’t opted in to e-billing, we will send you a paper bill a month before your annual retention fee is due. It will show the type of fee and the amount due.

Direct Debit

Benefits of Direct Debit

Setting up a Direct Debit

Changing your bank details

Changing your payment frequency

Benefits of Direct Debit

Paying by Direct Debit is the simplest and most cost-effective way to pay your fees as your payments are collected automatically; ensuring your status on the Register is not put at risk from late payment.

Direct Debit is the only payment option that allows you to spread the cost of your annual retention fee over the year. You can pay in one amount, quarterly instalments or ten monthly instalments. We will collect your fee, or the first instalment, no more than ten days before your annual retention fee is due.

If you have a Direct Debit set up to pay your annual fee we will notify you in advance of the collection dates and amounts. This will show on your annual bill or by logging into your online account.

Setting up a Direct Debit

If you want to pay your annual fee by Direct Debit, you should set up a Direct Debit instruction at least two months before your annual fee is due. This ensures we have time to set up your instruction and amend your account so that your bill reflects the Direct Debit Instruction.

It couldn’t be easier to set up a Direct Debit, you’ll simply need:

  • A UK bank account
  • Sole authority to set up Direct Debits on this account.

You can log in (opens in a new window) to GMC Online to set up a Direct Debit

Or

contact us and we’ll set up a Direct Debit for you. 

If you would like to set up the Direct Debit from a bank account which needs more than one person to authorise transactions or you simply prefer to complete a paper Direct Debit Instruction, please download and complete the Direct Debit Instruction (55k, PDF) and return it to us. 

If you have already received your bill it is too late to collect that fee by Direct Debit. However you can still set up a Direct Debit to collect future fees.

We will confirm the set-up of your Direct Debit within three working days.

You can read more about what will happen after you have set up your Direct Debit and how to make changes to your instruction below.

Changing your bank details

If you would like to change your bank details, you can do this by logging in to your GMC Online account. Simply provide the new bank account details and we will collect your future payments by Direct Debit from your new account.

Changing your payment frequency

If you want to change your Direct Debit frequency to annual, quarterly or ten monthly instalments, please contact us. You do not have to cancel your current instruction with your bank.

Please note, any changes requested to your Direct Debit instruction within 14 days of your payment being due may not take effect until the next payment due date.

Debit/Credit card

You can pay your annual retention fee by debit or credit card. We accept Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, MasterCard and Maestro.

Internet banking and bank transfers

You can pay your fee directly into our bank account. You can find our bank details by logging into your GMC online account or on the back of your paper bill. Alternatively you can contact us and we will provide you with our bank details. Please quote your GMC reference number and name when making a payment by bank transfer, and allow 10 working days for your payment to reach us.

Cheques, bank drafts and postal orders

Cheques, bank drafts and postal orders should be made payable to the General Medical Council. Please write your full name and GMC reference number clearly on the back of your payment. We only accept bank drafts which are drawn on a UK bank and in pounds sterling. We do not accept post-dated cheques.

Please send your payment to:

General Medical Council
Fees Team
3 Hardman Street
Manchester
M3 3AW
United Kingdom

In person

It is possible to pay your fee in person at our London reception. We accept cheque, cash or credit and debit cards (Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, MasterCard and Maestro).

Annual retention fee confirmation

Once we have received your payment we will email or write to confirm receipt of the fee. If you do not receive a confirmation email or letter, you should check that your payment has reached us and that your contact details are up to date. You can check your details through your GMC Online account. 

Tax relief and receipts

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.

You can print receipts for payments made in the last six years by logging in to your GMC Online account.

Erasure for non-payment

To ensure your fees are paid on time we recommend that you pay your annual retention fee by Direct Debit.

If you do not pay by Direct Debit you should ensure your payment reaches us by your annual retention fee due date, allowing time for postage and processing.

If we do not receive your payment we may erase your name from the Medical Register, and remove your licence to practise, should you hold one. If your name is not on the Register, you are not permitted to undertake any form of medical practice within the United Kingdom for which registration and a licence to practise with the GMC is required.

If you rejoin the Medical Register after being erased for non-payment, you will have to pay a restoration fee in addition to your annual retention fee.