Renew your registration online
General Optical Council eBulletin issue 14
January 2013

Renew your registration online 

Optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses must all renew their GOC registration for 2013/14 before the 15 March deadline. Renewing your registration takes just a few minutes online.

It is compulsory for registrants who wish to continue practising in the UK to remain registered with the GOC. If registrants do not renew their registration by applying for retention, they may be removed from the register in April and will be unable to lawfully practise in the UK. 

The online system, designed to make registration easier, was launched in 2011 and 80% of respondents to a GOC survey reported finding the system easy or very easy to use.

Philip Hallam, GOC Head of Registration, said: “Online retention is quick and easy, with 86% of registrants who have used it previously completing the application process in ten minutes or less.

“The importance of maintaining your registration cannot be stressed enough. Registrants who miss the 15 March deadline will face a late application fee, and if they have still not applied by 31 March they may be removed from the register.

“I would urge all registrants to avoid putting their careers at risk and apply online as soon as possible.”

Registrants who earn under £12,000 a year qualify for the low income fee of £160. They need to apply to be eligible for the lower fee by 1 February. Forms can be accessed here.

Not yet received your retention notification pack?

This pack gives you details of how to renew your retention. If you did not receive this pack in the post, you may need to update your address details on our database. You can do this in MyGOC at the same time as completing your retention.

Apply for retention now

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