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The GMC Application ID check

  • January 30, 2023

Are you ready for your GMC ID check? If so, well done on getting this far! After applying for GMC registration, submitting all your documents, and waiting for approval, you can finally start planning your trip to the UK for the last step. Remember – once this step is complete, your name will be on the GMC register. That means that (assuming it all goes well), once your ID check is over, you will be fully licensed to practise medicine in the UK.

What’s the Purpose of the ID Check?

Attending an ID check is essential for completing your GMC registration, and only after attending the appointment will you be able to practise medicine in the UK. The reason is to prove that you are who you say you are! It’s an identity check, which means verifying that your identity matches the one on your GMC application. That way, the UK can place complete confidence in its international doctors.

What if You Completed PLAB Part 2?

Not every IMG needs to complete this ID check to get on the GMC register. If you have completed PLAB part 2 as part of your GMC application process, you will have already done an identity check in the UK, so you won’t have to do one again.

Booking Your ID Check

You can only book your ID check after completing the previous stage of GMC registration. Once you’ve submitted all the necessary documents, such as your certificates of good standing and proof of English language knowledge, you will have to wait five working days for the GMC to approve your application. Once those five days are up, you will receive a confirmation email that tells you it’s time to book your ID check in the UK!

Booking your ID check is simple: you do it on the GMC portal while signed in. The appointments occur between Monday to Friday and during regular working hours in the GMC office in London (it previously included Manchester). You get to choose what date and time you book your slot. Keep in mind that slots get taken up quickly, so don’t waste time! Also, ensure you book a space within six months of your GMC application, as after six months, your GMC application will no longer be valid, and you’ll have to start the process again.

What You Need to Bring to the ID Check

You will receive all the information about what you should bring in an email from the GMC. However, these are usually the documents you are asked to bring with you: 

  • Passport
  • Proof of Primary Medical Qualification
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • Certificate of Good Standing

Keep in mind that GMC asks for original copies for the ID check.

Getting to the ID Check

For some international medical graduates, attending the ID check will be the first time they step foot in the UK! Due to this, it’s crucial to figure out transportation in advance. After flying to the UK, you’ll have to figure out the best route for getting to your appointment.

The appointment takes place in London. Fortunately, London has an excellent public transport system, with trains, buses, and the underground running throughout the day. The best (and quickest) way to travel through London is the underground, so consider that. However, you might also feel more comfortable using a taxi service. Google maps might be handy in this situation!

What to Expect on the Day of Your ID Check

You must arrive on time for your ID check. Once you have entered the building, you will check in at reception and receive an ID badge, which you must wear.

Next, you will show your documents to a member of staff, and they will take photocopies of them. That will include taking a photocopy of your passport, which they will keep for future identification purposes. You will also give your address, which they will use to send confirmation of your GMC registration later.

Following that, you’ll sit in a room where you’ll watch a video demonstrating what the UK healthcare system is like. You might already know much of this information due to your own research, or you might find the video enlightening.

Then – it’s done! As soon as the appointment has ended, your name will be added to the GMC register, and you’ll be fully licenced to work as a doctor in the United Kingdom. All in all, the appointment should only take around thirty minutes.

Can Anything Go Wrong?

It’s natural to worry about such an important appointment like an ID check – especially when it’s the last step standing in the way of you becoming GMC registered. However, if you have made it to this point, there is little chance of anything going wrong. As long as you are prepared, you can expect to be on the GMC register at the end of the appointment. Here are some things you can do to ensure the ID check runs as smoothly as possible:

  • Arrive on Time

This part is essential – make sure you arrive before your booking time. Check public transport beforehand, allowing yourself plenty of time to get there.

  • Bring Your ID

You will, of course, need your ID to complete your ID check, so have your passport on your person. Also, bring any other required documents stated in the email.

  • Bring Only Yourself

The GMC asks you only to bring yourself to the appointment so that there aren’t too many people waiting in the building. You can always have a friend or family member meet you outside after the appointment for moral support.

What Happens After the ID Check?

Once you’ve completed the ID check, you are officially on the GMC register. From there, you can start the process of applying for jobs, then obtaining your visa and relocating to the UK! It’s an enormous step to take and one that you will surely be proud of doing. Working in the UK as a doctor is an outstanding achievement, and you’ll gain tons of experience while you do it. Plus, you’ll benefit from all the bonuses that come with working for the NHS, such as paid time off and excellent development opportunities.

If you’ve booked your ID check and are considering your options for new roles in the NHS then get in touch and one of our expert team will be happy to guide you through your options.


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