Obtaining Enforcement Documents

If enforcement or disciplinary action has been taken against an individual's license or registration by the Board, the public documents related to the action are available and posted on the Board’s website. Business and Professions Code Section 2027 requires that the Board remove public letters of reprimand from the website 10 years from the effective date of the decision. The public letters of reprimand that are removed from the website are still available to the public upon written request.

The following documents are available from the Board:

  • Accusation: The document stating the charges the Board has filed against the physician.
  • Decision: The document describing legal and factual findings and disposition of the charges filed in the Accusation and identifying any conditions or limitations imposed on the physician’s license.
  • Suspension Orders: Issued by either a Superior Court judge or administrative law judge to suspend or limit a physician's practice immediately.
  • Public Letter of Reprimand: A form of discipline that can include a requirement for specified training or education.
  • Citation: A sanction that usually includes a fine imposed by the Board for technical violations of the law. Note: Citations are not considered disciplinary action and are only available for three years after the citation has been resolved.

Request a Historical Enforcement Document

To request a copy of a historical enforcement document no longer available on the website, please use our online Public Document Request form.

A request for documents can also be sent by fax to: MBC Central File Room at (916) 263-2420 or by contacting the Board staff by phone at (916) 263-2525.

Requesting Certified Copies of Board Documents

The Board will produce certified copies of public enforcement documents for either official government business or to use as evidence in court upon request. Documents will be mailed to the requestor through the United States Postal Service within 48 hours of receipt of the request, excluding weekends and holidays.

Requests for documents can be submitted to:

  • Medical Board of California
    Attention: Central File Room
    2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
    Sacramento, CA 95815
  • Fax: (916) 263-2420

Please contact the Medical Board staff by phone at (916) 263-2525 for questions.