Income discount guidance

You may be eligible for a 50% discount on your fee if your income falls below a certain threshold.


  1. Eligibility
  2. Income thresholds
  3. When and how to apply
  4. How the discount will work
  5. Confirming your eligibility
  6. Withdrawing your application


The discount is available to you if you:

  • are registered with or without a licence to practise
  • pay an annual retention fee (ARF) or pay a full registration fee that has not already been reduced or discounted.

For a full list of our fees, please see our main fees page

Income thresholds

We define income as your gross annual worldwide income from all sources, including:

  • pensions
  • investment income
  • maternity pay
  • sick pay
  • any kind of benefit.

The income threshold depends on the date your annual retention fee falls due, or the date you were granted registration with a licence to practise (if you are applying in your first year of registration).

The current threshold is £32,000. 

When and how to apply

You can quickly and easily apply for the income discount online from your GMC Online account summary page. If you do not have a GMC Online account you can set one up by following our instructions.

If you are applying for registration with a licence to practise for the first time you must pay the fee in full and then apply for the discount once you are registered.

If you are paying an annual retention fee, you can apply for the discount up to three months in advance of your registration year. You can also apply for the discount at any time during your current registration year, and up to three months after your registration year has ended.

If you are not able to apply online, please complete the income discount application form (PDF) and return it to us.

How the discount will work

If you apply for the income discount online before the start of your registration year, and you are eligible for a discount, you will receive an immediate confirmation. When you receive your annual retention fee notice it will reflect the discount and confirm the amount payable.

If you apply after receiving a fee notice, or part way through the year and have not yet paid your fee in full, we will contact you to tell you how your fee will be adjusted.

If you pay by monthly or quarterly Direct Debit, we will adjust your payment plan and tell you of any changes.

If you have paid your fee in full, we will give you a refund within 10 days of granting the discount.

Confirming your eligibility

If you apply at the start of the year you may not know your actual income, so we ask you to review your income nearer the end of the year and confirm or withdraw your application.

We may ask you to provide evidence of your income, and if you don't do this then we may withdraw your discount.

If you have earned:

  • less than the threshold - please confirm
  • more than the threshold - withdraw your application and pay the remaining balance of the fee. Please allow 24 hours for your GMC Online account to update, after which you can pay the remaining balance.

You can do this using your GMC Online account. Simply click on the Withdraw or Confirm option and follow the online instructions.

If you have any problems confirming or withdrawing your application you can contact us.