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What are the costs related to licensure?

  • For a Postgraduate Training License (PTL), a non-refundable application fee of $491 is required. This fee includes the $49 non-refundable fingerprint-processing fee.This fee must be paid when submitting your application.
  • If transitioning from a PTL to a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License, you must pay an initial license fee of $808 before a license can be issued. However, if you are enrolled in an ACGME/RCPSC/CFPC postgraduate training program on the date you apply or prior to the issuance of your license, you are eligible for a 50 percent reduction of the initial license fee, which is $416.50. To be eligible for the reduced fee, your residency training program must document your current enrollment in the program by submitting the Current Postgraduate Training Verification Form (Form CTV).
  • For a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License, there are two fees involved in the licensing process. The first fee is the application fee, which is $491 and includes the $49 non-refundable fingerprint processing fee. This combined fee must be paid when submitting your application. Once your application is complete, you must pay an initial license fee of $808 before the license can be issued. However, if you are enrolled in an ACGME/RCPSC/CFPC postgraduate training program on the date you apply or prior to the issuance of your license, you are eligible for a 50 percent reduction of the initial license fee, which is $416.50. To be eligible for the reduced fee, your residency training program must document your current enrollment in the program by submitting the Current Postgraduate Training Verification Form (Form CTV).

Can I pay the application fee via telephone?

No, you cannot pay your application via telephone. However, if you wish to pay the application fee with a credit card, you may submit your license application and payment electronically using the BreEZe Online Services. To use the BreEZe Online Services you must have an SSN or ITIN.

Do I have to pay both the application fee and the license fee when I submit my application?

If you use the BreEZe Online System to submit your application, you must pay all required fees when submitting your application.

  • Postgraduate Training License requires the application fee only.
  • Transition Application from PTL to a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License requires the license fee only.
  • Physician’s and Surgeon’s License requires both the application fee and the license fee. If you only wish to pay the application fee when submitting your application, you must submit a paper application and mail it to the Board. You will be required to pay the license fee before the license is issued.

How do I send monies to the Board?

You may print out a Licensing Fee Invoice Form and include it with your payment.

How long is my physician's and surgeon's license valid?

Once your physician’s and surgeon’s license is issued, it will be valid for two years.

If I am unable to practice all aspects of medicine safely due to a disability, can I still get a license?

Yes, the Board offers a Limited Practice License to physicians that have a diagnosis or disability that may limit their medical practice. To apply for a Limited Practice License you will need to submit the Limited Practice License Application, Form LPL. The LPL form advises the Board that you wish to apply for the Limited Practice License. Upon review, the Board will notify you that a clinical evaluation is required. The evaluation must be performed by a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and/or treatment of your disability and is familiar with your area of medical practice. The reviewing physician must have a current valid California medical license with no history of discipline and may not have any personal, professional, business, or social relationship with you.

What if I move or change my name after I have submitted my application?

If you have moved after you submitted your application, you must submit an Applicant Address Change Request Form. This form may be faxed or mailed to the Board.

If you change your name after you have submitted an application, you must submit a signed Notification of Name Change form, along with photocopy or electronic copy of a current government-issued photographic identification (e.g., driver’s license, alien registration, passport, etc.) and one of the following legal documents as proof of the name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Dissolution of marriage (divorce)
  • Certified Court Order

The Notification of Name Change form and supporting documents must be mailed to the Board.

Can I submit a 2 x 2 inch passport photo on the notarized signatory page?

Yes, you may submit a passport photo on the notarized signatory page. The photo must be recent and of your head and shoulder area only.

Will you discard or destroy any documentation received prior to my application?

Any documents received prior to your application will be maintained for one year. If you do not submit your application within one year, the documents received will be confidentially destroyed.