Annual Direct Debit

Annual ​Direct Debit is one of the simplest ways to pay your annual retention fee (ARF) and provides you with a number of advantages.

1. You will be protected by three important safeguards:

  • An immediate money back guarantee from your bank in the event of an error.
  • Advance notice if the date or amount changes at any time.
  • The right to cancel at any time.

2. Your payment is made automatically. This will ensure that your fee is never forgotten.

3. Once your Direct Debit is set up, you won’t have to contact us to make a payment or write a cheque each time your ARF is due.

Key dates for DCPs: Annual Direct Debit

We will write to DCPs in June 2023 with information about their annual renewal.

Annual Direct Debit set up deadline Existing annual Direct Debit cancellation deadline Annual Direct Debit payment date
Midnight, 31 May 202326 June 2023
* If not paying by Direct Debit, full ARF payment must be received on or before 31 July 2023 to ensure retention on the Register.
Annual Direct Debits will be taken on or around 3 July 2023.
*You will be notified of the exact date at least 10 working days before we claim the direct debit.

Key dates for dentists: Annual Direct Debit

The key dates for dentists’ pay by instalments Direct Debits will be set later this year. We will also write to dentists in November 2023 with information about their annual renewal.

Please remember, the annual Direct Debit only takes care of the payment part of your annual renewal. To complete your annual renewal, you must still login to eGDC to make your indemnity declaration and CPD statement.

If you have a Direct Debit set up to pay your ARF we will claim the fee as one sum from your bank account.

If we receive notice from a bank that an annual Direct Debit payment has failed, we will write to the Registrant to advise that payment is still required by the ARF payment deadline.

Please remember to let us know immediately by contacting us here or in writing if your Direct Debit bank details change. 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 practise in the UK.

How to set up your annual Direct Debit online

You can set up an annual Direct Debit on eGDC. If you do not have an eGDC account you will need to create one first. An eGDC account allows you to manage your registration online. You can also use it to update your contact information, set up, cancel or amend a Direct Debit and log your continuing professional development (CPD) hours.

How to set up your annual Direct Debit by post

If you would prefer to send in a paper mandate you can download and print this annual Direct Debit form, complete it and return to the address provided on the form.

Set up annual Direct Debits for more than one person

If you are an employer who would like to set up annual Direct Debits from one bank account for several registrants you can print our multiple annual Direct Debits form, complete it and return it to the address provided on the form.

Before each ARF collection we will send the account holder an update to inform them who is due to pay their ARF. This form will show each registrant that is being paid for via annual Direct Debit and allow names to be easily removed or added.