Since 20 April the GMC has been contacting all doctors on its register to find out whether they wish to take a licence.
Almost half of the 225,000 doctors asked have responded with the majority choosing to take a licence.
Some doctors, such as academics or researchers, will not need a licence to practice and are therefore choosing to hold a registration without a licence.
GMC chairman Professor Peter Rubin said: ‘Licensing is a major milestone. The next stage is to implement revalidation. Once we have the results back from the pilots we will be in a position to draw together a more coherent revalidation timetable.’
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