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What is a licence to practise?

If you are a doctor and want to practise medicine in the UK, you will need to hold a licence to practise along with the suitable type of registration for the work that you do. The licence to practise allows you to carry out certain activities such as prescribing medicines and treating patients.

If you're not practising medicine, but would like to be able to continue to show you are in good standing with us, you can choose to hold registration only.

Your status on the medical register shows if you hold a licence or not.

Find out more about when you need a licence to practise, how to maintain it and what to do if you want to give it up.