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GPs in the UK - GMC GP Registration, List of documents

About the General Medical Council

GMC helps to protect patients and improve UK medical education and practice by setting standards for students and doctors. They support them in achieving and exceeding those standards and take action when they are not met.

Practicing Medicine in the UK

To practice medicine in the UK you need to hold registration with a license to practice. Holding a license allows you to, for example, prescribe medicine and treat patients. It is a criminal offense in the UK for a doctor to give the impression they hold a registration or a license if they don't.

Getting a Job as a Doctor in the UK

The UK welcomes doctors of all grades and experience. When you apply for a job, employers will check you are appropriately qualified, experienced and can communicate effectively in English.​

Your registration

As well as a license to practice, you must hold the right kind of registration for the posts or practice you plan to undertake. If you are a General Practitioner who is a national of the UK or a country outside of the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, who graduated from a medical school outside the UK, and you hold the acceptable UK or international postgraduate qualification, you need to provide some documents for your GMC registration.

Please find below information about documents that you needed to provide in order to support your GMC online application.

Evidence of your English language skills


The General Medical Council needed to be satisfied that you can speak, read, write and listen in English before they give you a license, so you do not put the safety of your patients at risk.

Evidence of your fitness to practice


You'll need to give to the General Medical Council details of all your postgraduate medical experience, non-medical experience, and certain other activities for the last five years or since you graduated. They also may ask for employer references to cover non-medical work and they'll need a certificate of good standing from each medical regulatory authority you've been registered or licensed with.

An acceptable primary medical qualification


You will need to provide details of your primary medical qualification and check that your PMQ is accepted by the General Medical Council. You must send to General Medical Council a scanned copy of your PMQ certificate and it must confirm the exact date you passed your final exam/assessment.

Download our Free Brochure:

"GMC Registration - Full List of Documents"

for more information!