About temporary emergency registration and licences to practise

Our policy explains how we will grant registration in the event of an emergency. If we’ve written to you to confirm that you’ve been given temporary emergency registration, you can work as a doctor in support of the pandemic response  if you’re asked and willing to do so.

You must not practise unless you’ve received this confirmation.

Check your registration

If you’re not sure if you currently hold temporary emergency registration or a licence to practise, you can check your registration status on the medical register.


You won’t be charged a fee for holding temporary emergency registration or a temporary licence to practise, as you’ve been given these as part of the response to the pandemic.

If you already held registration before you were given a temporary emergency licence to practice, you’ll be charged your usual fee to remain on the medical register. This means that when the emergency is over, you’ll retain your registration and only your temporary licence will be removed.

If you have any questions about your fee, or how to pay, please contact us.

Duration of temporary emergency registration

Temporary emergency registration will last for the duration of the emergency. When the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care declares the emergency over, we’ll have to remove this type of registration from those who still hold it. 

The length of notice we will be able to give before we remove anyone’s registration or licence will depend on the notice we’ll receive from the UK government.

Our removal of temporary registration policy explains what happens when the emergency is over and how we’ll handle any concerns that are raised with us about doctors who held temporary registration or a licence to practise.