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Here you can find out if you are able to apply for registration with the GDC, if your qualifications may need to be individually assessed, or if you will need to pass the overseas registration exam before you can register.

How to join the register The rules for EEA-qualified dentists and dental care professionals will work differently from 1 January 2021
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How to join the register

How to join the register

Registration with the GDC depends upon certain criteria. Here you can find out if you are able to apply for registration, if your qualifications may need to be individually assessed, or if you will need to pass the overseas registration exam before you can register.

Find out how to apply
Information for new registrants

Information for new registrants

Useful information to help you start your career in dentistry.

More information for new registrants
Temporary registration

Temporary registration

Temporary registration allows dentists who are not eligible for full registration to practise dentistry in the UK if they have had the offer of a supervised post for training, teaching, or research purposes only, for a limited period.

More about temporary registration
Brexit and registration

Brexit and registration

Information for dental professionals about changes to the process of GDC registration following the UK's formal exit from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, and the end of the transition period at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020.

More about what Brexit means for registration
Historic qualifications

Historic qualifications

There are some dentist and dental care professional (DCP) qualifications that may not be offered by a school or institution anymore but with which an individual may be registered.

More about historic qualifications
English language controls

English language controls

Information on the necessary level of English language knowledge we require for dental professionals to treat patients in the UK.

More information on our English language controls