Applicant Information

The Medical Board's Licensing Program protects the consumer through the proper licensing of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professionals. The comprehensive review of an application provides that licensees have the requisite qualifications and educational credentials for medical practice.

Apply for a License as:

Direct Online Certification Submission (DOCS)

The Direct Online Certification Submission (DOCS) service is a secure, fast, and reliable online document delivery system that allows medical schools and postgraduate training programs to submit certain primary-source licensing documents to the Board. DOCS will accept verification forms, official transcripts, certified diplomas, letters of explanation, and more.

Disclosure of Social Security Number, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or Federal Employer Identification Number:

California Business and Professions Code section 30 requires mandatory disclosure of a Social Security Number (SSN), Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). The number is used for tax enforcement purposes, for purposes of compliance with any judgment order for family support in accordance with Section 17520 of the Family Code, or for verification of licensure or examination status by a licensing examination entity which uses a national examination and where licensure is reciprocal with the requesting state.

NOTE: An FEIN may only be used for a business license type, not for an individual license type.

Section 31 of the Business and Professions Code allows the State Board of Equalization and the Franchise Tax Board to share taxpayer information with the Board. If a state tax obligation is not paid, an application for licensure may be denied and a license issued by the Board may be suspended (Business and Professions Code section 494.5).

Reporting a number on your application that is not your SSN, ITIN, or FEIN may be grounds for denial.

Additionally, in order to apply for licensure or check the status of your application online, an SSN or ITIN is required to register with the BreEZe online application system. If you do not have an SSN or ITIN, you will be required to complete your application by mail.

Terms of licenses and registrations.

All physician’s and surgeon’s certificates, and certificates to practice midwifery, research psychoanalyst registrations, polysomnographic trainee, technician, and technologist registrations, and fictitious-name permits, issued after July 1, 2018, shall expire at 12 midnight on the last day of the month in which the license was issued during the second year of a two-year term.