Midwifery License Renewal

The license to practice midwifery in California must be renewed every two years. It is illegal to practice midwifery with an expired license. For licenses issued after July 1, 2018, the license expires at midnight on the expiration date, which is the last day of the month in which it was issued. For licenses issued before July 1, 2018, the license expires at midnight on the expiration date, which is the last day of the midwifes’ birth month.

Currently, Licensed Midwives are unable to renew their license online. Licensed Midwives must renew by mail.

When renewing by mail, the renewal must be on the Board's renewal form, and must include the current renewal fee. Please allow 4-8 weeks for processing. If a renewal notice is not received, the license must still be renewed before the expiration date on the license.

Forms, information about current renewal fees, and requirements may be obtained by contacting:

Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2382 or (800) 633-2322

Under DCA Waiver DCA-20-89, continuing medical education (CME) requirements related to a license that expires between January 1, 2021 and February 28, 2021 are deferred for a six-month period.

General Information

Disciplinary Action Disclosure:

When renewing, each licensee must disclose whether they have had any license disciplined by a government agency or other disciplinary body, or, have been convicted of any crime in any state, the USA and its territories, military court or a foreign country. License includes permits, registrations and certificates.

Conviction includes a plea of no contest and any conviction that has been set aside or deferred pursuant to sections 1000 or 1203.4 of the Penal Code, including infractions, misdemeanor, and felonies. You do not need to report a conviction for an infraction with a fine of less than $300 unless the infraction involved alcohol or controlled substances.

Discipline includes, but is not limited to, suspension, revocation, voluntary surrender, probation, or any other restriction.

For additional information, please contact the Medical Board's Consumer Information Unit:

  • Toll-Free: 1-800-633-2322
  • Phone: (916) 263-2382
  • Fax: (916) 263-2435

Renewal Restrictions:

You may not be able to renew your license if you have been identified to have outstanding tax obligations or family support issues.

Failure to Renew:

Practicing midwifery without a valid license may lead to disciplinary action against a midwife.

There is no grace period; if a license has not been renewed within 30 days following the expiration date, the Licensing Program will notify the midwife by mail. The date a license expires, the status is changed to "delinquent" if the renewal application and fees due are not received.

If a license is renewed more than 30 days following the expiration date, the midwife is required to pay a $75 delinquency fee.

After a license has been in "delinquent" status for five years, the license is automatically canceled. A canceled license may not be reactivated by simply paying delinquent fees. The midwife must apply for a new license and meet the current licensure requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When can I expect to receive my renewal application?
    Renewal applications are sent by U.S. Mail to the licensee’s address of record approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date of a license. If you do not receive a renewal application two months prior to your license expiration date, contact the Board at (916) 263-2382 or (800) 633-2322 to request a duplicate renewal application. To ensure timely receipt of renewal applications, always keep the Board informed of any address changes. It is the responsibility of the licensee or registrant to renew his or her license whether a notice has been received or not.
  • I didn't get my renewal application because my address changed. Do I have to pay the delinquent fee?
    Yes, if you did not renew prior to the date the fees are imposed. A licensee is required by law to notify the Medical Board in writing within 30 days of a change of address.
  • Why do I have to pay?
    California law requires that to maintain an active, current license, each licensee, including out-of-state licensees, must pay the full biennial renewal fee at the time of license renewal.
  • I'm leaving the country. Can I pay my renewal fee ahead of time?
    The renewal must be paid within the 90 days prior to the expiration of the license.
  • What is required to renew a license?
    Payment of the renewal fee and completion of the registration renewal application form are required for registration renewal. On the renewal form you must:
    1. Certify that you have completed (and can document if audited) 36 hours of approved continuing education (CE) at the time of renewal or that you have been issued a retired status license or an inactive status license which exempts you from the CE requirement.
    2. Respond to the License Discipline/Conviction Question
  • What if I haven’t submitted the Licensed Midwife Annual Report?
    Every licensed midwife is required by law to submit the Licensed Midwife Annual Report. Failure to complete this requirement may delay your license renewal. For more information, please contact the Board at (916) 263-2382.

Renewal Fees:

The renewal fee for a Midwife's license $200.00. The renewed license is valid for two years.

Delinquent Fees: In addition to the renewal fee, a delinquent fee of $50 will be added if payment is not received within 30 days following the expiration date of the license.

Expired Licenses: The Board will need to determine the correct renewal and delinquent fees. Please contact the Board at (916) 263-2382 to obtain the current amount you will need to pay.

Note: In accordance with Section 2428 of the California Business and Professions Code, a midwife whose California license expired five or more years ago must apply for a new license and meet the current licensing requirements in effect at the time of application.

Inactive License Status: Licensed Midwives who have been issued an Inactive Status License must pay the normal renewal fee, but are exempt from the continuing education requirement . The holder of an inactive status license may not engage in the practice of midwifery. For information on how to apply for an Inactive Status License, or how to restore an inactive status license to an active status, please contact the Board at (916) 263-2382.

Retired License Status: Licensed Midwives who have been issued a Retired Status License are exempt from paying the renewal fee and the requirement for continuing education. The holder of a retired status license may not engage in the practice of midwifery. For information on how to apply for a Retired Status License, please contact the Board at (916) 263-2382.