Postgraduate Training Licensees

A resident who is issued a Postgraduate Training License is enrolled in an ACGME-accredited postgraduate training program in California. The resident may engage in the practice of medicine only in connection with their duties as a resident in the approved training program, including its affiliated sites, or under those conditions as are approved in writing by the director of their program.

Applying for a Postgraduate Training License

You have graduated from medical school, passed all required examinations, enrolled in an approved California residency program, have not completed 36 months of accredited postgraduate training, and now you’re eligible for a Postgraduate Training License (PTL).

A PTL is valid for 36 months while enrolled in a California ACGME-accredited postgraduate training program and is not renewable.

The Board may issue a PTL up to 90 days after a resident has successfully completed 36 months of postgraduate training and is currently enrolled in an approved postgraduate training in California. If a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License is not obtained by the PTL expiration date, the physician must cease all clinical training in California.

Expedited and Priority Review

Your application for a PTL may be given priority or expedited review if you:

  • Have served as an active duty members of the United States Armed Forces and were honorably discharged;
  • Are a spouse or domestic partner of those on active duty in the United States Armed Forces;
  • 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 Postgraduate Training License

Transition to a Physician's and Surgeon's License

A licensee who holds a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) and has completed 36 months of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACMGE) with at least 24 continuous months in the same program may apply for a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License through the transitioning process.

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

Application Information & Checklist