Optometrists and dispensing opticians must be registered with us to practise in the UK.

We publish registers of all optometrists, dispensing opticians, student optometrists and dispensing opticians, optical businesses (bodies corporate) and practitioners with specialist qualifications who are qualified and fit to practise, train or carry on business.  All individuals and businesses registered with us are known as our registrants.

The registers are publicly available to search online

Information on how to join the General Optical Council registers

Information on how to get restored to the General Optical Council register

Guidance on how to renew your registration.

Information for overseas optical professionals on how to join the GOC register.

Guidance on how to apply for a CCPS to practise in another country.

Guidance for NHS bodies about carrying out verification checks of ophthalmic performers list declarations.