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.

An overseas qualified dentist can apply for temporary registration in specific approved posts if they hold a dental qualification from a university which is recognised by ENIC for the purposes of temporary registration and the overseas registration examination (ORE).

Please note that your eligibility for certain training posts is dependent upon your UK Border Agency visa. If you require further information on the new immigration legislation, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration.


A direction is the post a dentist will work in whilst they have temporary registration. A dentist with temporary registration is registered under specific restrictions. These restrictions allow dentists to hold valid registration only for specific posts and in the hospital(s) or institution(s) listed in the direction and for a specified time. If a dentist would like to continue in a post after the end of a direction, they need to make an application to the GDC for renewal. Directions are granted on the basis of the following:

  • confirmation by medical staffing certifying that the applicant is competent to practise in the specific approved post they have offered to employ them in during the relevant direction dates, and
  • the confirmation by a supervising consultant certifying that there will be a registered dentist on the premises able to give adequate supervision in the hospital(s) or institution(s) at all times when the dentist is practising during the relevant direction dates.


Dentists with temporary registration can only practise under the supervision of a GDC registered consultant.

Location of posts

Temporary registration is granted for approved posts in NHS hospitals, dental schools and other approved institutions. It is not currently granted for work in general or private practice, or in the community dental services.

Duration of temporary registration

Temporary registration directions are granted for a minimum of 180 days and a maximum of 365 days at a time. Temporary registration may be renewed, by means of applying, for up to a maximum of 1826 days (five years)

Temporary registration is only granted for the purposes of supervised training, teaching or research purposes in the UK. Completion of the maximum period of temporary registration does not lead to full registration, which is necessary for the practice of dentistry in the UK. To obtain full registration you must either hold a recognised qualification from the UK, meet the criteria set down under EEA regulations or pass the ORE.


When you first apply for temporary registration there is an associated registration application fee.

Once your application has been processed and is considered complete, you will need to pay the temporary registration fee. This fee covers registrations for 365 days (within a direction). There are five payment stages. When you first register you will receive 1826 days worth of registration. You will need to make further payments when you have 1461, 1096, 731 and 366 days remaining.

Please see our Registration fee page for details of the fee.

Standards Guidance

All registrants are expected to abide by our standards, Standards for the Dental Team, which came into effect on 30 September 2013.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Temporary registrants must undertake at least 20 hours of CPD during each CPD year. You will be asked to declare your CPD statement upon completion of a year's worth of direction. This will be required before the next direction is granted. You must meet all other requirements as outlined in our continuing professional development guidance.