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.

Current License Renewal

If you to continue to practice medicine in California, you must renew your license every two years prior to the expiration date. You will be required to 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.

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
Sacramento, CA 95815

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.