Guidance on identity checks

From 19 April 2022, doctors applying for, or restoring their registration, will need to complete a GMC identity check at our London office before we grant their registration.

We paused these checks earlier in the pandemic to comply with government guidance on safe workplaces and social distancing. Now that all COVID-19 legal restrictions have lifted in England, we’re resuming this important part of our registration process.

This guide includes information about completing an identity check. It also explains the measures we have in place to keep you safe while attending our office.

When do you need to complete an identity check?

All doctors joining the register must complete a GMC identity check, as well as those who want to restore their registration. We’ll email you with information about how to book and complete your identity check as part of your application.

You’ll have six months to book an appointment and complete your check. If you don’t, you’ll have to start a new application.

Joining the register after passing PLAB

You completed an identity check when you sat the PLAB 2 test, so you won’t need to do it again.  

If you joined the register without an identity check earlier in the pandemic 

When our office closed earlier during the pandemic, we granted registration for some doctors without an identity check. However, it’s important for all doctors to complete one.

When we’re able to offer you an identity check, we’ll email you.

How to book your GMC identity check

When we email you about your application, we’ll ask you to book your identity check through GMC Online. Appointments are available from Monday to Friday.
We recommend booking your identity check as soon as you can, as spaces for appointments can fill up quickly.

What do you need to bring to your identity check?

Please bring the original version of your passport. We cannot accept photocopies. Your passport must be valid on the day of your identity check.

What will happen at an identity check?

Your identity check will take around 30 minutes to complete. We will check your passport and then take a photo of you for our records. We can disclose this photo to employers on request. This helps them to confirm your identity when you start work. It will also help to protect you from identity fraud, as no one will be able to falsely use your information.

We only have a certain amount of time to conduct each appointment, so won’t be able to give advice on any other subjects during your identity check. If you have any other questions, please speak to your applications adviser or our contact centre.

Key information before you attend

For our identity check process to run smoothly for all doctors and to keep you and other visitors safe, we ask that you adhere to the following:

  • Please don’t attend your identity check if you are generally unwell, test positive for coronavirus or are displaying symptoms. Instead, inform us as soon as you can if you can’t attend, and we can rearrange your appointment.
  • Please don’t bring any family members or other individuals to our offices, as we have limited space, and they won’t be able to accompany you.
  • We’ll only be able to see you at your allotted appointment time, so please allow plenty of time for travel.

What happens after you’ve completed your identity check?

Once you’ve completed your identity check and we’ve confirmed your identity, we’ll grant your registration immediately and your name will be added to the medical register.