Retired Status Application Information

The intent of the Retired Status is for licensees who are retiring from the physician assistant profession.

Effective April 1, 2019, the Physician Assistant Board (Board) adopted Title 16, California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 1399.515, which allows a physician assistant to apply for the retired status.

To be eligible for the retired status, an individual’s license must be in a current/active, current/inactive, or delinquent status. Licensees with a license status of canceled, suspended, revoked or otherwise punitively restricted by the Board or subject to disciplinary action under the Medical Practice Act (commencing with Section 2000 of the Code), Physician Assistant Practice Act (commencing with Section 3500 of the Code), are not permitted to apply for the retired status.

A physician assistant submitting an application for retired status between April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020, and whose current license status is delinquent, will not be required to pay any outstanding renewal fees. All outstanding renewal fees will be waived and your renewal application will be canceled upon approval of the application for retired status.

On or after April 1, 2020, a licensee with a license status of delinquent will be required to pay all outstanding renewal fees when submitting an application for retired status.

In addition the retired status will eliminate the accrual of renewal fees which will prevent the license from canceling; whereby, eliminating the need to reapply and meeting the Board’s current licensing requirements.

To access the Application for Retired Status, please click here.

To reinstate a license with a retired status, the licensee must submit the following to the Board:

  • A renewal application
  • Renewal fees due for the current renewal period
  • CURES fees due for the current renewal period
  • Proof of Continuing Medical Education (CME) compliance in accordance with  CCR section 1399.615

Please contact the Board at (916) 561-8780 for information regarding fees.

Regulation 1399.515. – Retired Status

 (a) The board shall issue, upon receipt of a completed Application for Retired Status (Form PAB-RET, 01/19), which is hereby incorporated by reference, a retired license to a physician assistant who meets all of the following requirements:

(1) The applicant has been licensed by the board and is not actively engaged in practice as a physician assistant or any activity that requires them to be licensed by the board.

(2) The applicant’s physician assistant license is not canceled, suspended, revoked, or otherwise punitively restricted by the board or subject to disciplinary action under the Medical Practice Act (commencing with Section 2000 of the Code), Physician Assistant Practice Act (commencing with Section 3500 of the Code), regulations adopted pursuant to those practice acts, and by the board.

(3) Beginning one (1) year from the effective date of this regulation, the applicant’s license is not delinquent.  If the license is in a delinquent status, the applicant may satisfy this requirement by submitting payment for all outstanding fees with the retirement status application.  For the purposes of this subsection, “outstanding fees” includes all accrued renewal fees, a twenty-five dollar ($25) delinquency fee, and the mandatory fee for the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) as set forth in Section 208 of the Code.

(b) The holder of a retired license:

(1) Shall be exempt from the renewal requirements described in Section 3524.5 of the Code.

(2) May restore his or her license to active status by: complying with the renewal requirements set forth in Section 1399.514, submitting proof of completion of continuing medical education (CME) as set forth in Section 1399.615 or proof of certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, submitting the license renewal fee as set forth in Section 1399.550, and submitting the mandatory fee for the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) as set forth in Section 208 of the Code.

(c) The board may upon its own determination, and shall upon receipt of a complaint from any person, investigate the actions of any licensee who may be in violation of this section.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 2018, 3510, and 3521.3 Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 208, 464, 3521.1, and 3521.3 Business and Professions Code.

Section 3521.3. of the Business and Professions Code

(a) The board may establish, by regulation, a system for the placement of a license on a retired status, upon application, for a physician assistant who is not actively engaged in practice as a physician assistant or any activity that requires them to be licensed by the board.

(b) No licensee with a license on a retired status shall engage in any activity for which a license is required.

(c) The board shall deny an applicant’s application for a retired status license if the license is canceled or if the license is suspended, revoked, or otherwise punitively restricted by the board or subject to disciplinary action under this chapter.

(d) Beginning one year from the effective date of the regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (a), if an applicant’s license is delinquent, the board shall deny an applicant’s application for a retired status license.

(e) The board shall establish minimum qualifications for a retired status license.

(f) The board may exempt the holder of a retired status license from the renewal requirements described in Section 3524.5.

(g) The board shall establish minimum qualifications for the restoration of a license in a retired status to an active status. These minimum qualifications shall include, but are not limited to, continuing education and payment of a fee as provided in subdivision (c) of Section 3521.1.

(Added by Stats. 2012, Ch.332, Sec. 54. Effective January 1, 2013)