California Medical Board License Service

The California Medical Board has a reputation for being a high quality, yet complex State Medical Board in which to obtain a license. The Med Board of CA requires that each Physician submit a set of Fingerprint cards or travel to California to complete the LiveScan process. The license will not be issued until the FBI report is returned to California. The FBI Fingerprint Cards are rejected 10 to 15% of the time because the prints are smudged, low quality, or indistinguishable. If this happens then new cards must be submitted and the process is extended another 2 to 4 months. LiveScan submits to California Medical Board 3 days after the Scan takes place. Once California Medical Board application is submitted, the verifications have been requested, will wait for 30 to 40 days to pass before contacting the State Board. California has a strict policy against contacting the California Medical Board prior to this waiting period. With most physicians, once a reviewer is assigned, then the license is issued 2 to 6 weeks later. In the event that verification is rejected, lost (USPS or CA) while in transit, or never received by California then a letter is sent to the provider/physician detailing what items are still needed.

The majority of our previous clients are complete at first review and thus receive the license 5 to 10 days later. The exception to this rule is Foreign-Trained Doctors who completed US Based Clinical Clerkships during their fourth or fifth year. Each Clinical Clerkship has to be verified through the Department. Most hospitals do not have clerkship records and thus the process is considerably delayed. For Physicians with negative information, the CA Med Board can be problematic. There is a lack of recourse with the CA Medical Board decisions. It seems that the Board has the ability to reject/deny an application based solely on the reviewer’s opinion for any negative found or disclosed about the physician’s file. Typically, no hearing is required, and rejection can be arbitrary. Once a rejection is issued there seems to be little or no recourse to remedy the problem in the courts. If a Physician has a clean history, California Medical Board will be a smooth process with licensure times that stay in line with other Medical Boards. If a physician has a negative action on their file, then the process will be extended and could be problematic.

Additional California Medical License Service Information:

The CA Med Board typically takes 45 to 90 days to perform their first review of submitted California Med License applications. Until the first review occurs, the role of is to ensure that all required verifications are forwarded to the CA Medical Board. The acceptance of the verifications is determined by California Medical License Service at the first review. In the event that verification is rejected, then the verification will be resent by the institution in question. CA typically has a high failure rate in the Internship, Residency, and Fellowship Verification Forms. (L3ab form). The reason for this is that the form requires the Current Program Director who is listed as such by the ACGME must read through the form very carefully and check a number of small boxes. Then the hospital must apply its seal or have the form notarized. Often, while fast-tracking a file, boxes are missed, or instructions are not followed. The Medical Board of California will not accept the full FCVS Packet. If you have a packet in place, we are still going to have to personally verify your training and your med school. The L2 and L5 forms will be sent to the Med School to be verified. Your Medical School Diploma will need to be certified by the School. California Medical License Service will not currently accept the Diploma and the FCVS Med School verification form.

We highly recommend partnering with Virtual Cred Possibilities when applying for this state license to avoid any short or long term challenges.

License Requirements

Med School Transcripts
Med School Form – L2, L5 form
Internship/Residency/Fellowship Forms – L3ab,L4 form
Clinical Clerkships (International Grads*) – L6 form
All-State Med Licenses (past/present)
All National Examination Scores (USMLE/FLEX/NBME)
ECFMG Certification
Malpractice Carriers – if claims over $30K
Criminal Background Check – Fingerprints or LiveScan
Training Exam Requirements
Examinations 75% +
4 attempts – USMLE Step 3
10-year limit-USMLE
1-year PGY for USA Grads
2-years PGY for Non-USA Grads
State Exam Accepted if Pre-1975
SPEX Exam Required if not Board Certified within last 10-years
SPEX waived if passed NBME Exam
Core Medical Rotations required during Medical School
4-Weeks of Internal Medicine required during PGT Training

Contact Information

Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815

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