1. “A person shall not hold an appointment or practice as a medical practitioner or dental surgeon in Nigeria, unless he/she is registered with the Council …”

2. “No registered medical practitioner or dental surgeon shall practice as a medical practitioner or dental surgeon, as the case may be, in any year unless he/she has paid to the Council in respect of that year the appropriate practicing fee…”

3. “Any person who practices medicine or dentistry any where in Nigeria without being appropriately registered with the council contravenes the law and so does his/her employer.”


Any medical practitioner or dental surgeon who in respect of any year and without paying the prescribed practicing fee practices as such shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction:

(a) in the Case of a first offence, to a fine of twice the prescribed practicing fee.. and

(b) in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to a fine of not less than ten times the prescribed practicing fees”.

(c) Late payment shall attract a surcharge as may be determined by the Council from time to time, without prejudice- to any other penal provisions in the statute.

All doctors are advised to meet this commitment promptly as conviction under this section will be viewed seriously by the Council. By the Regulations of the Council, practitioners are expected to pay their practicing fees for the ensuing year before 31st December of the preceding year in order to be currently licensed on the first day of the New Year.

The law further stipulates as follows, where a practitioner who is in employment has defaulted from payment of the practicing fee:

“And if the medical practitioner or dental surgeon is in the employment of any person, that person shall also be guilty of an offence and punished in like manner as the medical practitioner or dental surgeon, unless he/she proves that the failure to pay the practicing fee was without his/her knowledge, consent or connivance”.

All members of the Guild of Medical Directors and all administrative heads of hospitals, both public and private, are to take due notice of this aspect of the law.

The following files are in Portable Document Format Download. You may go ahead to download your choice form if you have Adobe® Acrobat Reader on your computer.

In case you do not have Adobe® Acrobat Reader in your computer, you are encouraged to visit Adobe website to download a free version.

After this, then go ahead to download your choice Application Form, complete the required fields and then post to the Council Secretariat. Please note the size of individual file to guide your disk space that will be used.

  • Form for Application for Limited Registration.
  • Application for Additional Qualifications.
  • Application for Provisional Registration.
  • Application for Full registration as Alternative Medicine Practitioner.
  • Application for Full Registration as Medical or Dental Practitioner.
  • Payment Schedule – Requirement for MDCN Registration
  • Requirements for Temporary Registration of Foreign Doctors
  • Application for License to practice Medicine or Dentistry in Nigeria

NOTE: The Forms Below require printing with a legal sized paper (8.5″ by 13.5″). An A4 standard printing paper will break each page into two!