How to set up your
GMC Online account
GMC Online is a secure part of our website
that allows you to manage your registration
Over 100,000 doctors already use GMC
Online. We want every doctor to have an
account before revalidation begins at the end
This leaflet explains how you can set up your
account. If you need any help, please call us
on 0161 923 6277 (+44 161 923 6277 from
outside the UK).
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What is GMC Online and why do I need
You can find GMC Online through the home page of our website –
With a GMC Online account, you can:
n pay your registration and annual retention fees
n update your contact and address details
n apply for registration with a licence to practise, entry to the Specialist
Register or the GP Register, or to take the Professional and Linguistic
Assessment Board (PLAB) test
n apply to relinquish or restore your licence to practise
n view and print a Certificate of Proof of Entry on the Register
n complete the annual national trainees’ survey.
Importantly, you can also use your GMC Online account to confirm the
organisation that will provide you with a regular appraisal and help you with
revalidation. This organisation is called your ‘designated body’.
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Setting up your GMC Online
Please follow this step by step guide to set up your GMC Online account.
Step 1 – Go to the home page of our website (www.gmc-uk.org)
Click on ‘GMC Online for doctors’ to access our login page.
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Step 2 – Click on ‘Set up your GMC Online account now’
You will find this at the bottom of the screen.
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Step 3 – Select ‘option 1’
As a registered doctor, you have a GMC reference number – sometimes
called a registration number.
Please click on the first option to start setting up your GMC Online account.
Step 4 – Click on ‘Set up your online account’
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Step 5 – Enter your details
To activate your account, we’ll ask you to provide some information about
yourself. We only need it for security purposes, to make sure you are who
you say you are.
We will ask you to enter:
n your GMC reference number
n your email address
n your date of birth
n and the method you use to pay your annual retention fee
(for example Direct Debit).
What happens next will depend on the information we already hold
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Step 6 – Confirm some extra details
At this point, we may ask you to give us some more information about
yourself. If we don’t need to, you’ll be automatically taken to Step 7 (please
see next page).
n If you pay your annual retention fee by Direct Debit, we’ll ask you to
confirm your sort code and the last four digits of the bank account
number we collect your payment from. We only need this information
for security purposes, to make sure you are who you say you are.
n If we’ve sent you an activation code, we’ll ask you to enter it at this
point. Not every doctor needs a code to set up their account. It depends
on the information we hold about you.
n If we don’t have your email address, we’ll ask you to enter it and then
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Step 7 – Account has been activated
When you see this screen, your account has been activated. There’s only a
few more steps to go until you can start using your account.
Please check your email account. We will have sent you an email with a
temporary password for your new GMC Online account.
You can now log in to your new account. You can log in by using either the
link in the email we sent you or by clicking on ‘Log in’ at the bottom of the
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Log in to the new account
Step 8 – Log in to your new account
Please enter your GMC reference number and the password we sent you by
email. Then click on the ‘Login’ button.
Step 9 – Add a memorable word
We’ll ask you to enter a memorable word and a hint or question to help you
remember it. We may ask you for this word if you change something about
your account in the future, like your password.
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Step 10 – Change your password
We’ll ask you to change the temporary password that we sent you by email
to one that you can remember more easily.
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Step 11 – Your account is set up
You’ve now finished setting up your GMC Online account. You’ll see the
home page of your account, including any notifications that we want to
make you aware of.
Please be aware that by activating your GMC Online account you’ve
signed-up to receive your annual retention fee bills by email unless you
have previously chosen not to. If you want to change this, please go to the
‘My details’ section of your account.
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What happens if I forget my password?
If you’re an existing user, don’t worry – just click ‘Forgotten Password?’ on
the GMC Online ‘Login’ page.
You’ll be asked to enter your GMC reference number and the email address
that we have on your record. We’ll send you a new password to your email
account, and you’ll be able to use this to log in straight away.
Why have I received an activation code?
When you set up your GMC Online account, we’ll ask you to confirm some
information about yourself, such as your date of birth and email address.
If we don’t already hold this information about you, we’ll send you an
activation code. You’ll need to enter this code when you set up your account.
This will allow us to make sure you are who you say you are.
I have entered my details but the system won’t allow me to set up my
account. Why is this?
The information you enter about yourself must match our records. This is
because we need to know you are who you say you are. If the system won’t
allow you to set up your account, it may be because the information we hold
about you is different to the information you have entered. If this happens,
please call us on 0161 923 6277. We will ask you some questions to confirm
your identity and we will update our records so that you can set up your
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If you have any problems setting up your GMC Online account,
n visit www.gmc-uk.org/gmconline for more information
n call us on 0161 923 6277
(+44 161 923 6277 from outside the UK)
n email email@example.com.
Telephone: 0161 923 6277
General Medical Council, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AW
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Published April 2012
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