Annual retention fee

All doctors pay a fee to register with the General Medical Council. Following registration you are required to pay an annual fee to retain your name on the GMC's Register of Medical Practitioners.

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


When will I receive a bill for my annual fee?

1. Billing
2. e-billing
3. Setting up a Direct Debit

How can I pay my annual fee?

4. Direct Debit
5. Debit /Credit card
6. Internet banking and bank transfers
7. Cheques, bank drafts and postal orders
8. In person

What happens after I pay my fee?

9. Annual retention fee confirmation
10. Tax relief and receipts

What if I do not pay?

11. Erasure for non-payment

1. Billing

We will send you a fee notice a month before your annual retention fee is due. It will show the type of fee and the amount due. If you already have a Direct Debit set up it will show the collection date(s) and amount(s). If you don’t have a Direct Debit set up it will explain the other payment options.

2. e-billing

If you have chosen the e-billing option we will send you your fee notice by email. You can also view and print your bill by logging in to your GMC Online account.

If you have not yet signed up to e-billing, please consider the benefits of doing so. E-billing is a fast, efficient, environmentally friendly way to receive your annual retention fee notice, and it helps keep our costs down.

If you opt for e-billing you can still pay your bill by debit/credit card, cheque or any of our other methods, but we recommend Direct Debit as the easiest option.

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

3. Setting up a 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 want to pay your annual fee by Direct Debit, you should set up a Direct Debit instruction before you are billed, and well in advance of your annual retention fee due date. 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 requiring 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.

4. Direct Debit

If you have a Direct Debit set up to pay your annual retention fee we will notify you in advance of the collection dates and amounts.

You can view and manage your Direct Debit details by logging in to your GMC Online account.

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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 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
M3 3AW
United Kingdom

8. 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).

9. Annual retention fee confirmation

Once we have received your payment we will write or email you 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.

10. Tax 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.

11. 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.