What happens when your registration application arrives

IMPORTANT: we are not able to guarantee if and 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. 

How long will it be before I am registered?


We aim to check your application within 24 hours from its arrival, however this is not always possible and you should allow 2 working days before contacting us.

If any of the following circumstances apply to you, please be aware that it may take longer than usual for you to gain registration:

  • if you have a criminal conviction or caution
  • if you have a health issue where we need further information
  • if you have had disciplinary matters with another regulatory body

Where there is a possibility that registration may not be granted, the Registrar will make a decision based on the application file, including all documents provided by the applicant and any subsequently obtained by the GCC following an investigation.


Process before the Registrar

Before making a decision, the Registrar must be 

  • sufficient evidence has been obtained to enable a fair decision to be made;
  • that the applicant has had an opportunity to comment on all documents that form part of the application file.
While most decisions can be made by the Registrar without the need for an interview, exceptional cases may arise where it may be decided that the applicant should be invited to attend an interview. The applicant may refuse to agree to that request.


Explaining and recording decisions

All decisions of the Registrar are recorded with reasons.

If the Registrar decides to refuse an application, the applicant or registrant will be informed of the process for appealing the decision through the Registration Appeals Committee.

What happens if I wait to Register until after 10 November?

If you are registered on or after 10 November, you must pay the full registration fee. However, we will not ask you for a retention fee for the following year. This means your registration will be, for example, from 10 November 2016 to 31 December 2017.

Important: If you are registered before 10 November then you will need to apply for retention for the following year before 30 November, including paying the retention fee (£100 for non practising registration, £800 for practising registration).

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 card or electronic transfer (CHAPS), which will clear our account immediately.
  • 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.