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Identity checks

This guidance provides information for doctors about our pre-registration identity checks.

Contents

  1. 1. Introduction 
  2. 2. Evidence of identity 
  3. 3. Evidence we will keep and what we will do with it 
  4. 4. Other evidence requested   
  5. 5. When and where will these checks take place? 

1. Introduction

We introduced identity checking in response to a growing worldwide problem with identity theft. It is just one of the many initiatives the GMC has undertaken to improve the thoroughness of our registration processes. During the check, we will take your photograph and this will be made available to employer so that they can be assured of your identity when you start work. It will also help protect you from identity fraud. All applicants for registration with a licence to practise, and restoration, must complete an identity check. 

2. Evidence of identity

You will need to present your current passport or if you are an EEA national, your passport or national identity card (provided it clearly states your nationality). Please note that we do not accept certified copies.

3. Evidence we will keep and what we will do with it 

We will:

  • Take your photograph and keep it on your account.
  • Ask for your signature and keep it on your account.
  • Hold details from your passport or national identity card.
  • Disclose your photograph on request to employers and others (only for identity purposes).

We do this so that no one will be able to steal your professional identity.

4. Other evidence requested

You may also be asked to present original versions of the supporting evidence you initially provided for your application. Your Applications Adviser will let you know exactly which documents you need to bring. Please note that you must present all requested documents. We will keep any documents with the GMC logo, such as employer references, but will return all other originals to you.  

5. When and where will these checks take place?

Once we have assessed your application and all the requested evidence, we will invite you to an ID check. We carry out identity checks at our London or Manchester offices. You will not be able to have an ID check completed at any of our other offices.

You must attend an ID check before we can grant your application if:

  • You have applied for registration for the first time.
  • You have applied to get back your registration (with or without a licence to practise).

You will need to have the ID check completed within three months of your application being approved. If you have not attended the check within three months, you will have to complete a new application.

You can attend an ID check after we've granted your application (unless we state otherwise) if:

  • You currently have registration, have applied for a licence to practise and have never had an identity check.

You don't need to attend an ID check (unless we state otherwise) if:

  • You currently have registration, have applied for a licence to practise and have already had an identity check.

You must not make an appointment until we have asked you to. Please contact us if you have any questions.