The annual retention fee
How much do I have to pay?
Annual fees are set out on our fees page.
Read more about the fixed term discount on our fees changes in 2019 page.
Find out more about applying for an income discount on our income discount page.
When will I get a bill for my annual fee?
We'll send your bill by email a month before your annual fee is due. It will show the type of fee and amount due. You can also view and print your bill by logging in to your GMC Online account.
If you've opted out of e-billing, we will send you a paper bill a month before your annual retention fee is due. It will show the type of fee and the amount due.
To change how we send your bill, simply log in to GMC Online. Select My Account and then Change my preference.
How can I pay my annual fee?
To make sure your fees are paid on time, we recommend you pay your annual retention fee by Direct Debit.
If you don't pay by Direct Debit, you should make sure your payment reaches us by your annual retention fee due date, allowing time for postage and processing.
How to set up a Direct Debit
Paying your annual fee by Direct Debit will save you time and make life easier. You can spread the cost of your fee by choosing quarterly or ten monthly instalments. We also offer flexibility on the date that your fee is debited from your bank account, you can choose from five dates (1st, 7th, 14th, 21st or 28th of the month).
Changing to Direct Debit only takes four simple steps.
Step 1 – Tell us you want pay by Direct Debit
You can log in to your GMC Online account and set up a Direct Debit. Or you can contact us and we’ll set up a Direct Debit for you over the telephone.
If you'd like to set up the Direct Debit from a bank account that needs more than one person to authorise, or you simply prefer to complete a paper instruction, then complete the Direct Debit instruction and post it to us.
Step 2 - Complete the Direct Debit Instruction
You'll need to provide:
- Your name and address
- Name and address of your bank or building society
- Your bank or building society account number
- The branch sort code of your bank or building society
- The name(s) on the account
- Your payment frequency and payment date preference.
Step 3 - Check the advance notice details
We will give you advance notice of collection dates and amounts, whether you set up a Direct Debit by telephone, internet or using a paper form. Check these details are correct and contact us straight away if you want to query anything.
Step 4 - Relax
Apart from making sure you've enough money in your account when payment is due, there's nothing more you have to do. Just keep an eye on your bank statement to check that the Direct Debits are being made as agreed.
Managing your Direct Debit
Debit or credit card
You can pay your annual retention fee by debit or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Maestro. You can pay view and your fee when you log into GMC Online or contact us.
Internet banking and bank transfers
You can pay your fee directly into our bank account. You can find our bank details by logging into your GMC Online account or on the back of your paper bill or contact us and we'll give you our bank details.
Cheques, bank drafts and postal orders
You should make cheques, bank drafts and postal orders payable to the General Medical Council. Please write your full name and GMC reference number clearly on the back of your payment. We only accept bank drafts drawn on a UK bank and in pounds sterling. We don't accept post-dated cheques.
What will you do with my financial information?
We hold contact information about doctors and depending on how they pay their Annual Retention Fee we also hold bank account details.
We may use this information to recover any debts that you owe to us.
We take our responsibilities as a data controller very seriously and are committed to keeping information secure. The GMC Privacy notice explains how we use personal data.
What happens after I pay my fee?
Your GMC Online account will be updated to reflect any payments made. You can print receipts for payments made in the last six years by logging into your GMC Online account.
Tax relief and receipts
What happens if I don’t pay?
Erasure for non-payment
If we don't get your payment we may erase your name from the medical register and remove your licence to practise if you hold one. If your name is not on the medical register, you are not permitted to do any form of medical practice within the United Kingdom for which registration and a licence to practise with us is required.
If you rejoin the medical register after being erased for non-payment, you will have to pay a restoration fee in addition to your annual retention fee.