The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Registration fee

All registered teachers are required to pay an annual registration fee to remain on the Register and be eligible to teach in a Scottish school, this is a legal requirement. The annual registration fee is £65 and is due in April each year.

If you are:

  • Currently employed by a Local Authority (supply work included) – the annual registration fee is deducted via your salary. This will show in your March or April pay slip. If you are working for more than one employer, the fee can be deducted more than once. We run reports to identify any teacher who has had their fee deducted more than once. Refunds are processed during May and are posted out during June.
  • Currently retired but wishing to stay on the register - if you have recently retired/left your permanent employer, but wish to stay on the register, you will be notified by letter/email to pay the fee direct to GTC Scotland.
  • Currently on Maternity Leave – although you may still be technically employed, the annual registration fee may not be deducted from your maternity pay. You will be notified by letter/email to pay the fee direct to GTC Scotland.
  • Currently not in employment/ working outside Scotland/ on a career break/ long term illness – you will be notified by letter/email to pay the fee direct to GTC Scotland.

Letters are sent to teachers in May, providing payment methods and a deadline date for the annual registration fee to be paid. Please ensure that your contact details are correct by updating these on MyGTCS. If you do receive a letter asking you to pay your annual registration fee, it means we have not received payment from an employer or any other source. If you think this is incorrect, please contact the Registration Services Department as a matter of urgency.

If no payment is received, your details will be removed from the register. This means that you will not be eligible to teach in a Scottish school. If you still wish to undertake any teaching, you will be required to follow the re-register process, please see Apply for Registration - Teachers who have let their registration lapse: Return to the Register and teaching

Please remember it is a legal requirement for any teacher to be registered with us whilst teaching in a Scottish school.

The total cost of registering with GTC Scotland is currently £189.  This amount breaks down as follows:

Qualified Outside Scotland (QoS) Administration Fee (non-refundable)
Qualified Outside Scotland (QoS) Administration Fee (non-refundable)
To join PVG Scheme Membership
* Existing Member of PVG Scheme
Registration Administration Fee
Registration Administration Fee

* If you are already a member of the PVG Scheme for working with children, you will only be required to complete a short scheme check, costing £18. However, if any new information appears on the short scheme check, you will be required to have a full record check at an additional cost of £41.

For teachers qualified outside of Scotland, please view our assessment process:

Up-to-date details are a requirement for continuing registration.

There are different ways you can notify us of the change of Name, Address, Contact Telephone Number and Email Addresses.

  • Through MyGTCS via our website:  MyGTCS is a personalised and secure web portal which allows you to keep all of your details up-to-date and provides access to the Professional Update system where you can record your professional learning.

    If you are a return user simply click log-in and follow the screen prompts. If you are a first time user click sign up and follow the screen prompts to create an account.

  • By emailing

Q: The registration fee has been deducted more than once by different local authorities. When will I get my refund?

A: Once we have finalised the details with each local authority, we run reports to identify double payments. We produce and issue refund cheques as quickly as possible, usually during June.

Q: Can my refund be paid directly into my bank account?

A: Refunds are normally paid by cheque. If the fee was paid by Debit/ Credit Card, the refund can be refunded back onto the card account.

Q: I'm over 65/ retired, do I still need to pay my registration fee?

A: Yes, it is a legal requirement for any teacher to be registered, regardless of how many days worked in any registration year. The fee must be paid in full.

Q: Can I suspend my registration for a period of time?

A: You can choose to lapse off of the register (have your details removed from the register). When you wish to return to teaching, you can re-register with us.

If you are working or travelling abroad when you come to re-register, we will require an overseas police clearance from any countries you have lived/ worked in whilst you were lapsed off of the register. It is best to obtain this document while still in the country.

Q: What is the cost to register after a lapse period of time?

A: The cost to re-register includes a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme record check, which is either £59 or £18 plus the Initial Registration Fee which is currently £65.

Contact HMRC to claim for a tax deduction on any registration fees paid to GTC Scotland.

Please contact HMRC with any questions about the tax relief process, GTC Scotland will be unable to help with these claims. The details below are based on claims for up to £2,500.

How much you can claim depends on the rate you pay tax. For example, if you spend £65 on your annual registration fee and pay tax at a rate of 20%, the tax relief you can claim is £13. You must keep records of what you have spent, and claim within 4 years of the end of the tax year that you spent the money.

How you’ll get tax relief

HMRC will usually make any adjustments needed through your tax code for the current tax year.

How to claim

You must claim using a Self Assessment tax return if you already fill one in.

If you don’t already fill in a Self Assessment tax return, fill in form P87. If you’ve made a successful claim in a previous tax year, you may be able to make your claim by phone.

For full details of tax relief for employees, visit the HMRC website.

GTCS Registration Fee for historical claims

Date Initial registration or re-registration fee Annual registration fee thereafter
1 April 2017 - 



1 April 2014 - 31 March 2017

If you are retiring and not undertaking any work (including supply), taking a career break, or no longer require registration, and you wish to cancel your registration, you can do so by emailing

Following your instruction, your record will be updated with your request to be removed and a letter of confirmation will be sent out. Your details will remain on the register until the end of the current registration year i.e. 31 March.

As it is a legal requirement for teachers to be on the register regardless of how many days they work in any registration year. It is not possible to refund all or part of a registration fee.

If you are retired but still undertaking some supply teaching, you must maintain your registration by paying your annual registration fee. It is a legal requirement for teachers to be on the Register regardless of how many days they work in any registration year. The fee must be paid in full, see more details on the registration fee here: Registration fee

You can check your registration status by logging into, or signing up for, a MyGTCS account.

Scottish Public Pension Agency (SPPA)

You may wish to discuss your pension entitlement with the SPPA:  Scottish Public Pension Agency


For further information, please contact our Registration Services Department on:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000