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Giving up your licence to practise

What do you need to consider before giving up your licence?

Before you give up your licence, make sure you have read our guide to giving up and restoring your licence or registration. This will help you understand the options available to you and make a decision about giving up your licence.

Key points to remember if you do give up your licence are:

  • It’s your responsibility to establish that a licence is not required for the work you do.
  • You’re still bound by the principles of Good medical practice if you keep your registration without a licence.
  • You must tell your employer and those who contract your services that you’ve given up your licence.
  • You must be clear with anyone who uses your services that you do not have a licence.

What do you need to do to give up your licence?

You just need to apply online. You don’t need to provide any documents or evidence.

Your registration without a licence to practise will begin from the date we receive your application. Or, you can choose a date in the future, which can be up to 28 days from the day you apply. You can't choose a date in the past.

How much will it cost?

There is a processing fee for applying to give up your licence to practise. You will pay a reduced annual retention fee, effective from the date you give up your licence. If you are due a refund, we will calculate this and send it to you.

Please see our fees page for our current fees.

Apply now

If you already have a GMC Online account, you can log in and apply in the 'My Registration' section.  If you have a GMC reference number, but have never logged into to your online account and do not have log in details, you can activate your account.