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.

Previously Licensed in California

If you previously held a California Physician’s and Surgeon’s (P&S) License, which expired five or more years ago or voluntarily cancelled your license, regardless of when it was cancelled, you must reapply for licensure. You must meet all of the licensing requirements pursuant to Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 2428.

Upon receipt of your application and required fees, the Board will retrieve your previous licensing record, if available, and determine if you need to submit additional documents to verify compliance with the current requirements. In the event the Board’s records do not contain all required documents, the Board may request that you submit additional documents. For more information on what is required to requalify for licensure, see BPC section 2428.

Expedited and Priority Review

The Board may give your application for a P&S License priority or expedited review if you:

  • Have served as an active-duty member of the United States Armed Forces and were honorably discharged;
  • Have received and accepted an offer of employment to work in an area of California formally designated as an underserved area or underserved population;
  • Are a spouse of, domestic partner of, or in other legal union with, an active-duty member of the United States Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station in California under official active-duty military orders; or
  • Were admitted to the United States as a refugee, granted asylum, or have a Special Immigrant Visa Status.

You must submit the required documentation with your application to receive priority review. Please review required supporting documents on the Priority Review and Expedited Application Process.

How to Apply for a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License

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Use the checklist to guide you through the license application process.

U.S. & Canada Checklist