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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.

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Current License Renewal

If you continue to practice medicine in California, you must renew your license every two years prior to the expiration date. You will be required to pay the renewal fee and comply with the Continuing Medical Education requirements.

 Note: You may not engage in the practice of medicine on an expired license.

Licenses Issued January 1, 2022, or Later - Initial License Renewal Requirement

As a requirement of the initial license renewal for licenses issued January 1, 2022, or later only, you must provide verification that you have received credit for 36 months of Board-approved postgraduate training by your initial license expiration date.

If your training was part of the MD/DDS-integrated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) postgraduate training program, then you must provide evidence of receiving credit for at least 24 months of postgraduate training accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) to meet the initial renewal requirement. CODA-accredited postgraduate training must be part of an oral and maxillofacial surgery postgraduate training program after receiving a medical degree from a combined dental and medical degree program.

The current program director or the designated institutional official (DIO) must mail a signed and dated Initial License Renewal Verification of ACGME/RCPSC/CFPC Postgraduate Training (Form ILR) or Certificate of Completion of CODA Postgraduate Training (Form CODA1-CODA2), directly to the Board to verify completion of required training.

You are NOT required to provide this documentation of postgraduate training after the issuance of your P&S License if you:

  • Provided verification of receiving credit for 36 months of board-approved postgraduate training during the application process, or
  • Are licensed pursuant to BPC sections 2135, 2135.5, 2151, 2428, or if you used experience under a BPC 2113 Special Permit to qualify for a P&S license.

Proof of the required postgraduate training must be mailed to the Board and postmarked no later than 60 days after the initial license expiration date to be considered by the Board. Please note that your license will be automatically placed in delinquent status pending review if you do not submit proof of the required postgraduate training within sufficient time for the Board to process it before the end of the 60 days.

For licenses issued January 1, 2024, or later, proof of the postgraduate training required for renewal must be submitted to the Board before the license expiration date, as the initial license will be issued for a 26-month period to allow an additional two months to provide the Board the required documents. After the first renewal, the license is only valid for a 24-month period until the next renewal.

How to Renew a Current Status License

A physician can either renew his or her license, by mail or online using BreEZe Online Services.

Renew Online

You are eligible to renew your license online if:

  • Your license expires within the next 180 days OR your license expired less than five years ago.
  • You have completed your Continuing Medical Education requirements.

You may answer the renewal questions and pay the renewal fee online using BreEZe Online Services. If your license expiration does not update, contact the Board's Consumer Information Unit for assistance to complete the renewal process.

The renewal questions include:

  • Physician Survey
  • Financial Interest Statement
  • Disciplinary Action/Conviction Disclosure
  • Continued Medical Education

Renew by Mail

Once you receive the paper Renewal Notice in the mail, you may submit the Renewal Notice and fees directly to the Board by mailing the documents to:

Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815-5401

Please make check or money order payable to the Medical Board of California.

The Renewal Notice includes:

  • Physician Survey
  • Financial Interest Statement
  • Disciplinary Action/Conviction Disclosure
  • Continued Medical Education Certification

Note: Please allow four to six weeks for processing.