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Giving up your licence to practise

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

You’re still bound by the principles of Good medical practice if you keep your registration without a licence. You won’t be able to carry out any of the duties for which you need a licence to practise. These include prescribing medicines and treating patients.

You need to be fully registered with a licence if:

  • you are a doctor in training, are out of programme, and need to keep your national training number
  • you are on a primary medical performers list
  • you are a responsible officer or a suitable person.

As long as you hold a licence, you need to take part in revalidation.

Who do you need to get in touch with?

You must contact any organisations or individuals you have a contract of employment with, or provide a medical service to.

If you do medico-legal work, you must talk to organisations who instruct you.

You must contact your insurance or indemnity provider before you give up your licence.

It is your responsibility that you hold the correct status on the register for the work you intend to do. 

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.