What happens after I apply?

When will my name appear on the Specialist or GP register? 

Your name will appear on the Specialist or GP Register on the date your application is granted, or on your completion of training date, whichever is the latest. 

Please check the medical register before you take up a post that requires you to be entered onto the Specialist Register or the GP Register.

What date will be on my certificate?

The earliest we will grant your application is ten days before your training completion date.

If we receive your application and recommendation before this, your certificate date will be your training completion date.

If we receive your application or recommendation after your training completion date, your certificate date will be the same date we process and grant your application. We won’t back-date your certificate date to your completion of training date.

Your training completion date is provided to us by your royal college or faculty. If you’re unsure of this date, please check with them.

I want to work as a GP in the UK

To start work as a GP in the UK, you'll need to complete a number of processes. Some of these are handled by organisations other than the GMC.

You must read our General Practice in the UK page for information about applying to join a Performers List and Induction and Returner schemes.

These are extra requirements for you to work as a GP in the UK.

When will I receive my certificate?

We’ll post your certificate to your registered address when we have granted your application. This will be no earlier than ten days before your training completion date.

We’ll post your certificate by second class mail. If you haven’t received it within 15 working days please contact us. We’ll only reissue your certificate up to two months after it was issued.

You can check and update your registered address through your GMC Online account(LINK ME).

What information appears on my certificate?

Your certificate will include your;

  • registered name

  • primary medical qualification

  • specialty or specialties in which your certificate is awarded

  • certificate award date.