Retired Status

A licensee who applies for a retired license will be exempt from payment of the renewal fees and the continuing medical education (CME) requirements. However, California Business and Professions Code (B&P) section 2436.5 requires licensees to pay a mandatory fee of $25.00 at the time of renewal of a physician's and surgeon's license to the Physician Loan Repayment Program. The Physician Loan Repayment Program encourages recently licensed physicians to practice in underserved locations in California by authorizing a plan of repayment of their medical school loans in exchange for their service in a designated medically underserved area for a minimum of three years.

The holder of a retired license may not engage in the practice of medicine.

To receive a fee exemption, a licensee must apply for the status change before the expiration date of the license. If the license is current, no fee is required.

If the license is in a delinquent status, a payment of all accrued renewal fees, delinquent fee, the $25.00 mandatory fee, and penalty fee must be submitted with the application.

For further information, please contact the Consumer Information Unit at (800) 633-2322 or (916) 263-2382.