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Applying for registration

This section contains information on how to register as a student, full registrant and non-UK applicant. You can also find out how to register a specialty and a body corporate .

For newly qualified applicants ready to join the optometrist or dispensing optician register please follow this link

Can't find what you're looking for? Contact our registration team on 020 7580 3898 (option one).

Our service commitment
Correctly completed applications for full registration will be processed within five working days of receipt of your correctly completed application, certified ID (where required) and payment, except where a declaration has been provided.

During our busiest period (August through October) a full registration application may take up to 10 working days to process

Applications for student registration received during September and October will be processed by 31 October.

Applications received at other times will be processed in line with our normal service standards.

The information you provide to us, the GOC (as data controller), will be processed and used in line  with our statutory purpose under the Opticians Act in order to maintain our Register and ensure our registrants are fit to practise. For more information regarding how we process your data please see our privacy statement.

Content Panels

Search our registers

Search our registers

Find a registered individual practitioner or business.

MyGOC area

MyGOC area

Registrants can update their contact details, log CET points or complete their annual retention.

Registration forms

Registration forms

Download any of our registration forms, including restoration, specialty and student transfer.

About registration

Read about the importance of checking an optician's registration