Physicians and Surgeons

A Physician or Surgeon (M.D.) is an individual issued a license allowing them to practice medicine. A physician may diagnose, prescribe, and administer treatment to individuals suffering from injury or disease.

Physician and Surgeon License

You have graduated from a U.S. or Canadian medical school or an international medical school approved by the Board pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 2084, and completed 36 months of accredited postgraduate training with at least 24 consecutive months completed in the same program, passed all required examinations, and now you’re eligible for a Physician and Surgeon (P&S) License.

Expedited and Priority Review

Your application for a P&S license may be given priority or expedited review if you:

  • Have served as an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces and were honorably discharged;
  • Have received and accepted an offer of employment to work in an area of California formally designated as an underserved area or underserved population;
  • Are a spouse or domestic partner of those on active duty in the United States Armed Forces; or
  • You were admitted to the United States as a Refugee, Granted Asylum, or Have a Special Immigrant Visa Status.

Please review additional requirements on the Priority Review and Expedited Application/Registration Process.

How to Apply for a Physician and Surgeon License

Note: Do not complete this application packet if you are applying for licensure as an osteopathic physician and surgeon. Please contact the Osteopathic Medical Board of California at (916) 928-8390 for an application and further information.


Use the checklist as a guide through the license application process.

Application Information & Checklist