Membership fees for UK based GPs

Our membership fees are based on annual gross income from all professional medical services including GP work in the previous tax year or current personal circumstances:

You can reclaim up to 40 per cent in tax on your membership. Use the tax receipt we will email to you after each payment. HMRC has advice on making a claim, for specific tax advice speak to a tax advisor or accountant.

Membership renewal is due on 1 April each year. New joiners pay their first year’s fees pro-rata, based on the date of joining.

AiTs (Associates in Training)

Qualified GPs

Maternity, parental and adoption leave

Leaving the UK

Retirement and life membership

Unemployment, sickness and hardship

How to pay


AiTs (Associates in Training Full Time / Part Time / Maternity Leave)

When you sign up for membership, you will need to pay an initial registration fee of £273.40 (A reduced registration fee applies if you sign up between mid-December and February).

Your annual subscription will be due on 1 April every year until you complete your training.

Full time and less than full time (LTFT) training - 76% or more
Less than full time training - 75% or less £199.50
Currently on maternity/parental or adoption leave £199.50

Qualified GPs

Membership fees for associates, members and fellows are based on your gross income from all professional medical services including any GP work you have done in the previous tax year.

2018/19 Membership Fees

Earnings / Circumstances Renewal / Joining between
1 April and 30 June 2018
Joining between
1 July and 30 September 2018
Joining between
1 October and 31 December 2018
Joining between
1 January and 31 March 2019
Earnings of £45,000 or more  £509.00  £381.75 £254.50  £127.25
Earnings of £11,500 - £45,000  £254.50  £190.88 £127.25  £63.63
Earnings less than £11,500  £127.25  £95.44 £63.63  £31.81
Not in active employment:
- career break
- retirement (license to practice
  relinquished and no longer in appraisal cycle)
- maternity, paternity or adoption leave
 £127.25  £95.44 £63.63  £31.81
Member of another Royal Medical College or Faculty where appraisal is conducted within the other specialism  £254.50  £190.88 £127.25  £63.63

*If you have a question about membership fees for the current 2017/18 year, please contact Member Services on 020 3188 7766 /

Discount for the first 2 years of full membership

We understand the financial pressures newly qualified GPs face. You will automatically get a £100 discount from the full rate membership if you started full membership within two years of 1 April in the current subscription year.

Maternity, paternity and adoption leave (Associate members and MRCGP)

If you are a UK resident and take maternity, parental or adoption leave you can claim a 75 percent discount against the RCGP full membership fee. If your leave starts after April, you will be able to claim this rate in the following subscription year.

This reduction is available for one subscription year per child. However, you may be able to claim other reduced rates.

The discount can be claimed for additional paternity leave and not the ordinary 1 to 2 week paternity leave. This ensures that you pay the minimum rate if you are taking time out to look after your child while your partner returns to work for example paternity leave based on unused maternity or adoption leave.

Don't forget to claim your tax back from HMRC to reduce your fees even further!

Leaving the UK

If you live overseas on 1 April of any subscription year, we’ll automatically apply a discount to your membership fee in line with our standard charge for your country of residence. Your overseas rate will be applied the following subscription year.

You must tell us your new address to receive the discount.

Retirement and life membership 

If you have fully retired and relinquished your licence to practice and no longer participate in the annual appraisal cycle, you will get a 75 percent discount on our full membership fee.

Alternatively, you can apply for life membership by paying a lump sum equal to three times the full annual subscription fee for the current subscription year. Life membership payments are tax deductible, provided payment is made during the retirement year while still in employment.

If you have reached 40 years continuous membership or are age 70 by 1 April, you will automatically be awarded life membership or life associateship. No further membership fees will be due.

Unemployment, illness and hardship

If you are a UK resident and not in employment on 1 April of any subscription year due to career break or ill health you can claim a 75 per cent discount on our full membership fee.

In some cases, our Honorary Treasurer can approve a reduction on fees on a case by case basis.

This is normally applicable for:

  • voluntary work
  • hardship
  • adverse personal circumstances

If you wish to apply, please email us your circumstances and your request will be referred in strict confidence.


Methods of payment

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the easiest and most cost-effective way to pay.

We offer two options for a payment by Direct Debit:

  • annual: full payment due on or immediately after 1 April each year
  • quarterly instalments: Spread the cost of your subscription fee over the year 

Four instalments are collected on or immediately after the first working day of April, July, October and January. 

If you are the sole bank account holder you can call us on 020 3188 7766 to set up a Direct Debit.

Alternatively, you can download and complete the UK Direct Debit mandate form and Annual or quarterly selection form.
An original signature is required, so you need to return the original signed forms by post. We cannot accept photocopied, faxed or emailed Direct Debit forms.

If you're setting up the Direct Debit arrangement after 1 April, we will tell you your collection dates, as they won't be in line with the standard schedule.

We will write to you a minimum of two weeks' before to the first collection in any subscription year. 

If you join or rejoin in the last quarter of the financial year (January - March), you will need to make your first payment by card.
You can then set up a Direct Debit for subscription payments from 1 April the following year.

Debit / credit card

We accept MasterCard, Visa, Visa Debit and Maestro. We do not accept American Express or debit cards held outside the UK. Existing members can renew their membership online.

You can also call us on 020 3188 7766 with your card details and membership number ready and we will take payment.

By post: Please complete the credit or debit card payment form and return it to the Member Services Department by post or direct line fax number 020 7581 3648.

Cheque or bank draft

We accept sterling cheques or bank drafts payable in the United Kingdom. They should be made payable to The Royal College of General Practitioners and posted to:

Member Services
Royal College of General Practitioners
30 Euston Square 

Tel. 020 3188 7766


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