A Call to Action for the COVID-19 Response: How to Restore Your Inactive, Retired, or Cancelled Medical License to Full, Active Status

On Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-39-20, giving the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) the authority to waive professional licensing requirements for the healing arts boards under DCA during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

DCA Waiver DCA-20-57 Reinstatement of Licensure allows licensees to temporarily restore an inactive or retired license without having to pay any fees or complete, or demonstrate compliance with, any continuing education requirements until January 1, 2021, or when the State of Emergency ceases to exist, whichever is sooner.

A licensee with a cancelled status that was voluntarily surrendered within the last five years not relating to a disciplinary action may meet the waiver criteria as well.

Physicians and Surgeons, and Midwives

You may qualify for a License Reinstatement waiver if you meet the criteria below.

License Status Criteria From Both Columns Must Be Met


My license has been inactive for 5 years or less.

1) My license has never been surrendered or revoked due to disciplinary proceedings; and

2) I did not place my license in retired, inactive or canceled status following initiation of a disciplinary proceeding.


My license has been retired for 5 years or less.


I voluntarily canceled my license within the last 5 years.

If you meet these criteria, the Medical Board of California (Board) encourages you to do the following:

  1. Complete this application to apply to temporarily restore your license to active status.
  2. After receiving confirmation from the Board that your medical license has been restored to active status, please register with the California Health Corps.

All health professionals are encouraged to visit California Health Corps for more information.

Additional Informational Links: