What to tell us when you apply guide

How to use this guide for your application

You can use this page to help you answer the questions on your application. The questions cover health and fitness to practise issues. This page explains how to apply this guide to different types of applications, including:

  • joining the register for the first time or restoring your registration
  • giving up your registration (voluntary erasure)
  • restoring your licence to practise
  • moving from provisional to full registration
  • completing your annual return for revalidation (for doctors without a connection to a designated body).

The answers you give on your application are valid for three months. If your application takes more than three months to complete, we can ask you to answer the questions again before we approve it.

Being honest in your application

Honesty and integrity are at the heart of medical professionalism. What we expect of you is covered in paragraphs 65-80 of Good medical practice.

You need to be honest when you apply. If you aren’t, we can refuse your application. If we find out you didn’t tell us about something relevant, we will investigate it to find out why and we might open a fitness to practise case. 

You don’t need to tell us about all your health issues and there are other things you don’t need to tell us. Read the rest of the guide to find out what you do and don’t need to tell us.

Use our tool to help you decide what to tell us

The ‘What to tell us when you apply’ tool will help you decide whether to tell us about a health condition or fitness to practise issue. If you’ve used the tool and need more information, read the guide below.

Joining the register or restoring your registration

When you join the register for the first time or restore your registration, we will ask you three questions about your health and seven questions about your fitness to practise. Each question we ask you has a page below designed to help you answer it. You don’t need to read all the pages only the ones most relevant to you:

Changing your registration status or submitting your annual return 

If you are already registered, we will ask you one question about your fitness to practise when you apply to:

  • give up your registration (voluntary erasure)
  • restore your licence to practise
  • complete the annual return for revalidation
  • move from provisional to full registration.
If you are giving up your registration, restoring your licence or completing the annual return for revalidation we will ask you… If you are moving from provisional to full registration we will ask you…

Are you aware of any proceedings, act or omission on your part which might render you liable to be referred to the General Medical Council for investigation or consideration of your fitness to practise?

You only need to tell us about things that have happened since your last declaration.

Are you aware of any proceedings, act or omission on your part that have occurred since you were granted provisional registration, which might render you liable to be referred to the General Medical Council for investigation or consideration of your fitness to practise?

You only need to tell us about things that have happened since your application for provisional registration.

If you have already told us about something, and your circumstances haven’t changed since your last application, you don’t need to tell us again.

To find out more about what you do and don’t need to tell us, you should read the section of the guide for registered doctors.