Changes to our application processes in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Do not send applications or evidence by post

Please use your GMC Online account to make an application. We’ll tell you what information we need and how to send this electronically when we receive your application.

We’ve suspended identity checks

Following the latest advice from the UK government, we have suspended identity checks at our office and as a result we will grant your registration without an identity check. Your status on the register will mention this. You must not practise until you have received separate confirmation from us that we’ve granted your registration

When the UK government changes their advice about travel and social contact, we will ask you to attend an identity check at our offices, in line with our usual processes. We will get in touch to let you know when you can make a new appointment. 


Provisional registration for international medical graduates

This guide is for international medical graduates. It explains how to apply for provisional registration with a licence to practise.

You are eligible for this route if you: 

  • are a national of a country outside the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and graduated from a medical school outside of the UK 
  • are a UK national who has graduated from a medical school outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland. 
  • do not have enforceable community rights

and you have:

  • passed both parts of the PLAB test within. Your PLAB 2 pass should have been achieved no more than two years before the date on which we approve your application.  If your PLAB 2 pass was achieved more than two years ago you will be required to provide further evidence of your recent medical experience.
  • not completed an internship (if you have completed an internship, you must apply for full registration).

You must have provisional registration with a licence to practise before you start your first year of the Foundation Programme (F1).

Why should I read this guide? 
To find out what you need to do to make your application. 
Next steps
Once you are ready to apply – make your application online. You can do this up to three months before you start your F1 post.