Delays to specialist applications

We’re currently processing a large number of applications. Thank you for your patience - we’ll aim to progress your application as quickly as we can.

Our offices are closed at the moment so please don’t post your application. Send it on email to

Existing general practice certificate

If you’ve already been awarded a certificate making you eligible for entry on to the GP Register you can apply to enter the GP Register using this.

Important information for doctors intending 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. 

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply via the existing certificate route you need to have a certificate from one of these organisations.

  • Specialist Training Authority
  • Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board

Your certificate needs to be one of the following.

  • Certificate of completion of specialist training (CCST)
  • Certificate of completion of training (CCT)
  • Certificate of eligibility for specialist registration (CESR)

Your certificate must have been awarded between 12 January 1996 and 31 January 2007.

Ready to apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria to apply, please contact us on to ask for a CN22 existing certificates application form.

You’ll need to complete this in full and return it to us at:

General Medical Council
Specialist Applications team
3 Hardman Street
M3 3AW

What happens after I apply?

Your name will appear on the GP Register on the date your application is granted. 

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