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 medical register.
How much do I have 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.
How and when will I receive a bill for my annual fee?
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.
If you have opted out of 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.
To change how we send you bill, simply log in to GMC Online, click My Account and select 'Change my preference'.
How can I pay my annual fee?
To ensure your fees are paid on time, we recommend that you pay our 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.
You can also pay by card, bank transfer, cheque, bank drafts or postal orders.
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 choose to pay by instalments, an annual transaction charge of £8 will be applied. There is no transaction charge if you choose to pay the whole fee as one annual payment.
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
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.
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.
You can pay your annual retention fee by debit or credit card. We accept Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, MasterCard and Maestro. A small charge will be applied to payments made by credit card.
You can pay your fee when you Log into GMC Online (opens in a new window). It is also possible to pay your fee by card at our London reception.
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. 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. Alternatively you can contact us and we will provide you with our bank details.
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 us. It is also possible to pay your fee by card at our London or Manchester reception.
What happens after I pay my fee?
Your GMC Online account will be updated to reflect any payments made. You can print receipts for payments made in the last six years by logging into 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.
What if I do not pay?
Erasure for non-payment
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 medical 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.