Your physician assistant license is renewed every two years. It is illegal to practice as a physician assistant with an expired license. The license expires at midnight on the expiration date, which is the last day of your birth month.
Approximately ten weeks prior to the expiration date of your physician assistant license, a renewal notice will be mailed via U.S. mail to your address of record.
You are responsible for renewing your license even if you don’t receive a renewal notice.
A delinquent fee of $25.00 will be added to the renewal fee if the renewal fee is postmarked thirty days or more after the expiration date.
You may verify your current address of record via the Physician Assistant Board’s website at verify a license. All address changes must be submitted in writing. You may obtain a Change of Address form here. You are responsible for ensuring that the Board has your current address of record.
FAILURE TO RENEW
Practicing as a physician assistant without a renewed license may lead to disciplinary action against your license.
There is no renewal grace period. Licenses not renewed by the expiration date are considered "delinquent."
After a license has been in "delinquent" status for five years, the license is automatically canceled. A canceled license may not be reactivated by simply paying delinquent fees and penalties. The physician assistant must apply for a new license and meet the current licensure requirements.
LICENSE RENEWAL PROCEDURES
Currently active licensees may not renew earlier than 3 months prior to the expiration date of their license.
A physician assistant has two options for license renewal, by mail or online using the BreEZe Online Services. You are eligible to renew your license online if:
- Your license is in active or inactive status.
- Your license expires within the next 90 days.
- You have completed your Continuing Medical Education requirements.
You may renew your physician assistant license by or submitting your renewal by U.S. mail on or before the expiration date. If you are renewing by U.S. mail, complete the renewal form, include the current renewal fee and submit to the "Physician Assistant Board". Please allow 4-8 weeks for processing.
Due to the delay in U.S. mail renewal processing, even though your renewal may be postmarked before the expiration date, your renewal is not complete until the Board has processed your completed renewal application. Postmarking your renewal before your expiration date ensures you will not be subject to a delinquency fee, it does not guarantee your renewal will be processed before your expiration date. Be sure to submit your renewal far enough in advance of your expiration date to allow for processing time.
If you have not received the renewal notice within four weeks of expiration date of your license or you are renewing your license just prior to the expiration date, you may renew by completing the following steps:
- Renewal Fee - Renewal payments are accepted in person at our office, via U.S. mail, or overnight express mail. The renewal fee is $300 through the March 2014 license renewals.
Effective with the April 2014 license renewals, licensees are assessed $6 ANNUALLY ($12 per renewal cycle) which is collected at the time of renewal of the license to cover the operation and maintenance of the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 208 (SB809 – DeSaulnier, Chapter 400, Statutes of 2013).
The renewal fee will be $312 ($300 + $12 CURES fee) beginning with the April 2014 renewals.
Payments may be a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check. Make the check or money order payable to "Physician Assistant Board."
- Delinquency Fee - If you are renewing 30 days past the expiration date, you must also include a $25 delinquency fee with your payment.
- License Renewal Requirements - You must complete the License Renewal Application form and include with your renewal payment. We are unable to renew your license without the completed form.
- Change of Address – If you moved and did not report a change of address, you may have not received your renewal notice. If you have a change of address, you may include a Change of Address form with your renewal.
- Where to Mail - Please send your renewal fee, delinquency fee (if applicable), License Renewal Application form, and Change of Address form (if applicable) to:
- Physician Assistant Board
2005 Evergreen Street
Sacramento, CA 95815
RENEWAL FEE WAIVER FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL
Beginning January 1, 2013, the Physician Assistant Board must waive renewal requirements for military personnel when they are called to active duty. Renewal requirements waived for military personnel called to active duty include renewal fees, continuing education requirements, and any other requirements as determined by the Board.
To qualify for a waiver, the licensee must:
- Possess a current and valid license when called to active duty; and
- Provide written documentation that substantiates the licensee’s call to active duty.
"Called to active duty" includes licensees in all branches of the military who, on a temporary basis, travel to remote locations to engage in activity relating to a war, national emergency, or other military operation
Renewal requirements are only waived for the period of time the licensee is serving in the temporary assignment at the remote location, and the licensee must notify the Board of receipt of a notice of discharge date within 60 days of receiving such a notice.
All private practice is prohibited under the waiver. A licensee may not return to private practice until after they have complied with renewal requirements required by the Board (Business and Professions Code section 114.3)
For further information on the renewal fee waiver for active duty military personnel please call (916) 561-8780.
IMPORTANT RENEWAL INFORMATION
Remember: Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve you of the responsibility of renewing your license prior to the expiration date. If your license has not been renewed by the expiration date you may not legally practice as a physician assistant in the State of California.
Mandatory Conviction and License Discipline Disclosure
You must respond "Yes" if, since your last renewal, you have either: a) been denied a license, or had any license disciplined by another licensing authority; or b) been convicted of any violation of law in this or any other state, the United States, or other country. You must disclose all criminal violations (felony, misdemeanor or infraction), except for a traffic infraction that neither involved alcohol or a controlled substance nor resulted in a fine of $300 or more. You must include a plea of no contest and any conviction that has been expunged or set aside pursuant to Section 1203.4 of the Penal Code. If you responded "YES," please provide the following documents to the board within 30 days from receipt of this letter for each conviction or disciplinary action since you last renewed your license. Please include your license number on any correspondence.
- A detailed written explanation describing the circumstances and events that led to your license discipline, arrest(s) and conviction(s).
- Documents relating to the denial or disciplinary action taken against any other license by a government agency or other licensing authority.
- Certified documents relating to the arrest, such as: police report, arrest report, booking report, complaint, citation or ticket.
- Certified Court documents such as: Notice of Charges, Complaint, or Indictment; Plea Agreement, Sentencing Order, Probation Order, or Judgment; Dismissal, Probation Release, or Court Discharge.
- Related mitigating evidence or evidence of rehabilitation.
Upon receipt and review of this documentation, the board will determine what, if any, action will be taken against your license.
Continuing Medical Education Requirements
Unless exempted, continuing medical education is required for physician assistants by Title 16, California Code or Regulations, Section 1399.615. Physician assistants may demonstrate their compliance by verifying either:
- 1) Completion of 50 hours of approved Category 1 (preapproved) medical education. The CME must have been obtained from providers that are designed Category 1 (preapproved) by one of the following:
- American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).
- American Medical Association (AMA).
- American Osteopathic Association Council on Continuing Medical Education (AOACCME).
- American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
- Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
- A state medical society recognized by the ACCME.
- 2) Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Healthcare Workforce Survey for Initial Licenses and Renewals
Recent legislation has passed requiring the Board to collect certain demographic data relating to our licensees at the time of licensure and renewal and report this data to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Completion of this survey will help the State analyze and report gaps in the health care workforce in California to the California Legislature.
You are required to complete a short survey to comply with this legislation when you receive your initial license and at renewal.
The survey is available for you at https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/oshpd_survey.php. Please go to this web address and complete the survey at this time. Instructions will be provided with the survey. If you do not have internet service available to you, please contact the Physician Assistant Board at 916-561-8780 and request that the survey be mailed to you.
Continuing Medical Education Waivers
A physician assistant who is unable to complete the minimum continuing medical education requirements due to reasons of health, military service, or undue hardship may request a waiver of continuing medical education requirement. A physician assistant who submits an application for a continuing medical education waiver that is denied by the Physician Assistant Board shall be ineligible for active renewal of his or her license unless the licensee complies with the continuing medical education requirements of Section 1399.615.
A physician assistant who does not have an approved CME waiver at the time of renewal must comply with CME requirements or may renew the license in an inactive status. To request a continuing medical education waiver please complete an Application for Continuing Medical Education Waiver form and submit to the board. For a practicing licensee, the board recommends submitting any request for a waiver approximately 6 months before the expiration of the license. (Title 16, California Code of Regulations, Section 1399.618.)
California Code of Regulations Section 1399.619 permits a licensee who is not actively performing medical services in the State of California to maintain licensure in an inactive license status. A licensee on inactive status may not perform medical services.
To change your license status to inactive, please submit a Request for Inactive License Status form to the board.
If your California physician assistant license is currently suspended, revoked or otherwise restricted by the board, an inactive license status cannot be granted.
For further information on Continuing Medical Education requirements, please visit the board’s website: www.pac.ca.gov or call (916) 561-8780.
ADDITIONAL RENEWAL INFORMATION
Processing Time - Please allow staff five working days to process your request. Your new renewal wallet certificate will be mailed to you via U.S. mail within four to six weeks.
Receipt for Renewals - Your renewal pocket license contains a receipt number and serves as your receipt of payment of renewal fees. Please also save the receipt portion of your renewal notice for your records. We do not issue receipts for renewal of your physician assistant license unless you pay in person at the Physician Assistant Board office.
Written Verification - If you wish to have a verification of your license renewal faxed or mailed to you or your employer, please include a separate check for $10 and provide us with a fax number or mailing address.
We are unable to provide written verifications without the $10 processing fee.
You may also verify your license at the Physician Assistant Board’s website.
LICENSE RENEWALS – OVER ONE YEAR BUT LESS THAN FIVE YEARS DELINQUENT
Licenses delinquent for less than five years are subject to accrued renewal fees and a $25 delinquency fee. You must submit the full renewal payment consisting of the current renewal fee, any accrued renewal fees, and the $25 delinquency fee, and the License Renewal Application form.
Example of accrued renewal fee: If your license expired on 7/30/2008, your renewal fee would be $625, $300 for the 2008-2010 renewal cycle and $300 for the 2010-2012 renewal cycle, and the $25 delinquency fee. The expiration date of your license would be updated to 7/30/2012.
LICENSE RENEWALS – OVER FIVE YEARS DELINQUENT
If your license has expired for more than five years it cannot be renewed. You must apply for a new license and meet all of the current licensing requirements.
CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
The Physician Assistant Board enacted new regulations (Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations Section 1399.615 et seq.) mandated by Business and Professions Code Section 3524.5 requiring a physician assistant to complete continuing medical education as a condition of license renewal. The requirement may be met by completing 50 hours of medical education every two years or by obtaining certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
A physician assistant who renews his or her license on or after January 2013 will be required to certify his or her compliance with the continuing medical education requirements.
The two year period during which you must OBTAIN the 50 hours of required continuing medical education began when you renewed your license on or after January 2011, and the REPORTING of your continuing medical education will be on your renewal on or after January 2013.
For example, if you are required to renew your license in March 2013, you will be required to complete 50 hours of continuing medical education during the renewal cycle from March 2011 to March 2013.
However, you may also satisfy the Continuing Medical Education requirements by maintaining national certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Beginning January 2013, the renewal notice will contain a Continuing Medical Education compliance box, and you will certify whether you meet the requirements. You will have to provide a “yes” or “no” answer. You do not need to submit any continuing medical education documentation with your renewal.
You may wish to review more details at Continuing Medical Education Requirements.
INACTIVE LICENSE STATUS
California Code of Regulations Section 1399.619 permits a licensee who is not actively performing medical services in the State of California to maintain licensure in a no practicing inactive license status. A licensee on inactive status may not perform medical services.
If your California physician assistant license is currently suspended, revoked or otherwise restricted by the Board, an inactive license status cannot be granted.
To change your license status to inactive please submit a Request for Inactive License Status form to the Board.
Important points to remember:
- Inactivating a license does not change its expiration date and the renewal fee is the same as the fee for an active license. There are no fee exemptions for inactive licenses. An inactive license shall be renewed during the same time period in which an active license is renewed.
- If you are renewing at the same time as you apply for an inactive status, you must submit the full renewal fee with this application.
- If the license is delinquent, a payment of all accrued renewal fees and delinquency fee must be submitted.
- If your physician assistant license has not expired, no fee is required at this time.
- Once on inactive status, you will be exempt from complying with the Continuing Medical Education requirements.
- The inactive license status of any licensee does not deprive the Physician Assistant Board of its authority to institute or continue any disciplinary or enforcement action against the licensee.
REMEMBER: If you hold an inactive license, you cannot engage in any activity in California for which an active physician assistant license is required.
ACTIVATING AN INACTIVE STATUS LICENSE
To restore an inactive license to active status you must:
- Pay the renewal fee and delinquency fee, if applicable.
- You must also complete Continuing Medical Education equivalent to that required for a single renewal period of an active license. The Continuing Medical Education must have been obtained within the last two years prior to applying to restore the license to active status.
- You may also comply with the Continuing Medical Education requirements by maintaining your certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
- Activating your inactive status license does not extend the expiration date of your license. The same expiration date will apply.