What happens when your application arrives

IMPORTANT: we are not able to guarantee when registration will be granted. For this reason we strongly suggest you do not book any patients until you have received confirmation from us that you have been registered.

  • We will look at your documents to make sure they meet our requirements
  • If we need any more information we will email you with details
  • Once you have been registered we will email you with your registration number and start date
  • A letter confirming your registration and certificate will follow by post
  • We will return any original identity documents, naturalisation papers or certified translations to you by the most secure postal option offered by Royal Mail
  • We will provide you with a website user number to sign up to use the GCC website
  • Your name and practice(s) will be added to the GCC website listing either on the day of registration, or very shortly after. 

Things that will speed up your application

NOTE : We do not offer any sort of 'fast track' application service that allows us to deal with your application ahead of others. However, following the instructions below should minimise the time it takes to process your application. 

  • Ensure your application is filled in correctly before you post it to us
  • Check that the documents fit with the requirements we have listed on pages 2 and 3 of the application form
  • Make your payment by electronic transfer (CHAPS), which will clear our account immediately. If you pay by cheque then you will have to wait at least five working days for your registration to start while the cheque clears our account
  • Make sure you provide current contact details and an email address so that we can get in touch with you easily
  • If you are in the process of moving make sure you keep us up to date with any changes to your contact details
  • If you have new practice details please provide them as soon as you can so that we can add them to your website listing. Once registered you will be able to do this online.

We do not accept visitors to our offices without a prior appointment, and delivering your form personally will not reduce the time it takes us to process your application.  

IMPORTANT: we are required to list an address for you on the Register. If you do not provide us with a practice address and telephone number, we will list your home address and telephone number instead

  • Check your emails regularly after you apply for registration as this is our preferred method of contact
  • Check your junk email folder as messages can sometimes be “junked” automatically.