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;
- Practice in Medically Underserved Area or Population
- 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
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.Learn More