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?

The fee for dentists is £890 and must be paid by 31 December 2014.

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


The fee for dental care professionals is £116 and must be paid by 31 July 2015.

Dental care professionals
ARF period
Due date
1 Aug 2015 - 31 July 2016
31 July 2015


When will I receive my annual practising certificate?

We will send you your annual practising certificate to your registered address. If you are a dentist and you pay your fee on or before 11 December 2014, your 2015 annual practising certificate will be posted on 17 December 2014. If you pay your fee after 11 December, your annual practising certificate will be posted on 7 January 2015. 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