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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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Retired Status Renewal

If you remain retired from the practice of medicine in California, you may renew your license under a Retired status (Business and Professions Code section 2439). Your renewal fee will be waived; however, you are required to pay the mandatory fees. You are not required to comply with the Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements.

Note: You may not engage in the practice of medicine or prescribe in California while on Retired status.

How to Renew a License with Retired Status

While your license is under Retired status, you can either renew online using BreEZe Online Services or by mail.

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 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

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

Note: Please allow four to six weeks for processing.