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When can I get a status update on my application?

Once the initial appliction review is completed, The Board will notify you of any deficiencies. If there are no deficiencies, your application will move forward for licensure and you will be notified when your license is issued. The average processing time for the initial review is 45 days from the date both the application and application fee are received tothe date of the initial review, but this time may vary based on application volume. After your reviewer has contacted you, you can work directly with them until your application is complete. You can also check the status of your application and a list of deficient items online through the BreEZe system, even if you applied by mail.

How long will it take me to get a license? What is the average timeframe?

Each application file is different and it depends on the particular issues involved for that specific file as to when the application will be approved for licensure. The application process take approximately 2-3 months, but may be longer when application volume is high. The greatest determining factor in completing a licensure file is the applicant’s ability to secure the items required. It is advised that you submit your application materials quickly and to be proactive in securing any remaining items. To allow sufficient time for processing and remediating deficiencies, the Board strongly encourages applicants to submit their application online six months in advance.

Beginning December 30, 2022, the Board will no longer provide paper-based application forms for the following types of applications:

  • Application for a PTL
  • Application to Transition from a PTL to a P&S License
  • Instead, these applications may be submitted electronically through BreEZe. Beginning February 1, 2023, the Board will move to a paperless application process and no longer accept and process paper applications submitted to the Board for these two types of applications.

    For Physician’s and Surgeon’s License applicants that do not hold a PTL, the Board strongly encourages applicants to apply online through the BreEZe system, which allows the applicant to receive instant confirmation of the application received by the Board and eliminates the time spent mailing the application and risk of lost mail. The Board also encourages medical schools and training programs to submit documents through the Board’s Direct Online Certification Submission (DOCS) service, which allows the electronic submittal of application documents that are immediately received by the Board.

Can the Board receive official documentation electronically?

Applicants can submit their application online through BreEZe Online Services and can attach the following documents:

Medical schools and postgraduate training programs can utilize the Board’s Direct Online Certification Submission (DOCS) portal. DOCS is a secure, fast, and reliable online document delivery system that allows medical schools and postgraduate training programs to submit primary-source licensing documents directly to the Board. DOCS will accept verification forms, official transcripts, certified copy of diplomas, letters of explanations, and much more. DOCS only accepts documents for applicants with an open application with the Board.

To request access to DOCS, the medical school or the postgraduate training program must submit a DOCS Portal Registration Form to the Board. Please allow at least five business days for processing.