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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

What happens at the identity check?

All applicants for registration with a licence to practise and restoration must complete an identity check.

If you’re applying for registration using a pass in the PLAB test, you will have had an identity check when you sat the PLAB 2 test.

Otherwise we'll invite you to an identity check once we've assessed your application and evidence. Identity checks are held at either our London or Manchester offices. 

During the identity check, we will: 

  • take your photograph and keep it on your account
  • ask for your signature and keep it on your account
  • take details from your passport or national identity card
  • take copies of any original documents that we've asked you to bring with you.

We will disclose your photograph to employers on request. This is so that they can be assured of your identity when you start work. It will also help protect you from identity fraud.

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). We'll need to see the original document. 

Original documents 

We may ask you 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 with you. 

We'll keep any documents with the GMC logo, such as employer references, but will return all other originals to you.

Do I have to come to an identity check?

You must attend an identity check before we can grant your application if you have applied for registration for the first time or to restore your registration. 

You'll need to complete an identity check within three months of your application being approved. If you don't attend the check within three months, you'll have to complete a new application.

If you currently have registration and have applied for a licence to practise only, you can attend an identity check after we’ve granted your application (unless we state otherwise).  

You must not make an appointment until we have asked you to.