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Letters of good standing

If you wish to register with a Competent Authority in another country you may be asked to provide them with a letter of good standing from the competent authority you are currently registered with.

A letter of good standing confirms that you are or have been a member of the RCVS, that you are not the subject of any RCVS disciplinary enquiries and that there are no disciplinary findings against you.

To request a letter of good standing, please complete and submit the application form (available to download from the 'Related documents' box). Please note there is a fee for requesting a letter of good standing, which is dependent on how urgently you require it.

You should submit the completed application form and payment 14 working days before the date you wish to register with your new Competent Authority, or as soon as possible.

Please note your original letter of good standing will be faxed, and posted, directly to the Competent Authority. You will be issued with a copy of your letter of good standing, together with confirmation that it has been sent, by email, within seven working days of the RCVS receiving your completed form and proof of payment.

If your request is urgent, you can pay an additional fee to have your letter of good standing processed within two working days.

For more information about a letter of good standing, please contact a member of the Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or by email at

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