Annual retention fee

​Annual retention fee

The annual retention fee (ARF) is the fee all registered dentists and dental care professionals must pay each year to remain on the dentists register or dental care professionals register.

If you have not yet registered, you will pay a pro-rated registration fee

When do I pay the ARF?

The deadline for all dental care professionals to pay is 31 July each year, while the deadline for all dentists to pay is 31 December each year.  You will receive a letter ahead of the deadline with information about how you can make the payment.  

How can I pay?

You can pay your ARF by:

If you have a Direct Debit set up to pay your ARF we will claim the fee as one sum from your bank account.
Please remember to let us know immediately in writing or by emailing us if you change any of your bank details for your Direct Debit. If you forget to do this, we may not be able to claim your ARF by Direct Debit. This could put your registration at risk and result in you being removed from the register for non payment and not being able to practice in the UK.

How much is the ARF?

We are currently consulting on fees for 2015.

ARF period
      Due date
1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
  31 Dec 2014
Specialists (per speciality)
ARF period
      Due date
1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
  31 Dec 2014


We are currently consulting on fees for 2015/16.

Dental care professionals
ARF period
Due date
1 Aug 2014 - 31 July 2015
31 July 2014


When will I receive my annual practising certificate?

We will send you your annual practising certificate to your registered address approximately fifteen working days after your payment has been processed. However, if you have not received your certificate six weeks after your payment has been processed then please  email us or write to us at:

UK Registration Team
General Dental Council
37 Wimpole Street