Administrative Law Topics: License Applications / Renewals

License Applications and Renewals

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG) Four Year Program Approved

The Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG) is a prestigious, private university in Mexico with a medical school that has been recognized by the Medical Board of California for over forty years. UAG medical graduates bring valuable Spanish language and cultural skills to California's diverse communities.

Licensed Dentist with DUI Gets Clear License from Medical Board of California

This case involves two California agencies: The Dental Board and the Medical Board.  Our client is a licensed dentist and physician.

As a California dental surgeon (DDS), our client entered an M.D. degree program in surgery. Unfortunately, in the last few months of residency, the surgeon suffered a DUI conviction. The DUI was an isolated incident, and the surgeon reported the conviction to the Dental Board. Our client does not have an alcohol problem. The Dental Board of California recongized that disciplinary action was not warranted in this case.  

California Medical License Applications--Reporting Criminal Records, Deferred Entry of Judgment, and Out-of-State Criminal Records

Physicians, including recent medical school graduates and physicians from other states or countries seeking a California medical license must fill out a state application which asks questions pertaining to criminal records.  Questions No. 55 through 58 pertain to criminal records that you may have to disclose.

Graduates from Foreign Medical Schools and California Medical Board Licensing

California's Medical Board maintains a website with a host of information, including a list of all approved medical schools, in the U.S. and Canada as well as throughout the world.  It is easy to check whether a particular medical school has received Board recognition: simply go to and the list will appear.

Your California Medical License Application


Physicians must have a state license to practice in California.  Allowing sufficient time and providing a complete application with full documentation to the Medical Board can make a difference.  Failure to do so may result in delay, denial or the filing of a Statement of Issues and an administrative hearing. Lately (2012) the process has been taking about seven or eight months.

Avoiding Denial of a California Medical License by Withdrawing the Application

Medical license applicants in California may have the option to withdraw their applications before a final license denial.  Here is how it works:

The process starts when a medical resident or physician licensed in another state (or foreign jurisdiction) applies for a medical license in California.  The license application is made to the Medical Board of California where a medical license is formally called a physician and surgeon’s certificate. 

PTAL (Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter) Extension Granted.

A foreign medical school graduate hoping for a Residency Match in California nearly lost her eligibility when the Medical Board denied a routine extension of her PTAL (Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter)  The board's denial was based on an allegation that she had improperly seen or treated patients while serving as a student-observer under the direction of faculty at a California medical school.  After the applicant contacted Slote  & Links, attorney Steve Boreman sought documentation from the supervising faculty member for submission to the Board.  Despite documentation showing

Medical License Approved After Misdemeanor Criminal Conviction and Failure to Disclose

An out-of-state applicant for a California medical license had a misdemeanor conviction for petty theft which occurred more than twenty years ago when the applicant was a teen-age undergraduate.  At the time of conviction,  a 3 month summary probation was imposed and the court as well as the applicant's attorney indicated that the matter would be expunged and need not be reported.  This information, however, was erroneous and Business and Professions Code section 480(a)(1) was clearly applicable, making expunged criminal records reportable notwithstanding a motion to expunge under Penal Cod

Medical Board of California Issues Medical License to Foreign Medical Graduate

A board certified physician practicing in another state accepted employment at a reputable California health care facility and applied for licensure in California.  After several months of delays, a Medical Board representative was unwilling to accept the doctor’s clinical experience from a reputable European institution approved by the Medical Board.  Ironically, the institution has a longer history than the State of California. 

Court Orders California Medical Board to permit examinee to retake USMLE Part III and to establish a passing score by resolution

On March 1, 2010, the California Court of Appeal filed its decision in YVETTE MARQUEZ v. MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA, California Court of Appeal Case No. C060456.

Medical license applicants in California are required to pass certain examinations including the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Applicants must pass each of three parts to the examination. To be eligible for a California license, an applicant must pass Part III of the exam within four attempts. The examination is administered by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), which establishes a recommended minimum score.