Lifetime registration numbers
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As of 1 April 2021, we introduced a new numbering system for the following groups of registrants applying for registration on the GOC register:
new registrants joining our register as students;
new registrants joining our qualified register as optometrists or dispensing opticians, having successfully applied via the non-UK registration process;
new registrants joining our register as corporate bodies;
registrants joining the qualified register having previously been student registrants;
individuals who restore to our register, for example, after a career break or after being removed from the register for failure to meet our CET requirements; and
business registrants who restore to our register.
Only registrants listed above will be affected by the changes. They will be given a ‘lifetime’ registration number that they will retain during their professional career. We will retain the prefixes before the number to identify whether a registrant is a student optometrist, a student dispensing optician, an optometrist, a dispensing optician, or an optical business.
Existing registrants will not be affected and will retain their current GOC registration number.