Coming to an identity check in the UK

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – identity checks

We’ve paused face to face identity checks, so we’ll grant your registration without an identity check. Your status on the medical register will mention this. You must not practise until you receive confirmation of your registration with us. 

When travel and social contact restrictions are lifted, we’ll ask you to attend an identity check at our offices. 


Attending an identity check 

Once we've received your declaration and evidence, we'll ask you to come to an identity check. These take place at our offices in Manchester and London.

The identity check is a security requirement for all doctors intending to practise medicine in the UK. It is in place to protect against identity theft and fraudulent applications. 

At the identity check we'll take your photograph and check your original documents. 

After the identity check we will email you to confirm your entitlement to provide medical services in the UK on a temporary and occasional basis for a period of 12 months.

How do I arrange to come for an identity check?

We'll send you an email asking you to book an appointment. In the email, we'll include a list the original documents you'll need to bring with you. You must bring the English translations of any documents that are not in English.

Further checks from third parties

As well as the checks we do, whoever employs or contracts you to provide medical services may do more checks of their own. 

For more information, see our guidance on identity checks.