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Bettina Flores, BS, BA


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California Medical License

The Direct Online Certification Submission (DOCS) service is a secure, fast, and reliable online document delivery system that allows medical schools and postgraduate training programs to submit certain primary-source licensing documents to the Board.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Board will only accept the following documents through DOCS for an open application, or through any of the other Board-accepted third party services identified on the Board’s website.

  • Certificate of Medical Education (Form MED)
  • Official Transcript
  • Official English Translation of Transcript
  • Postgraduate Training License Enrollment Form (Form EF)
  • Certificate of Completion of ACGME/RCPSC/CFPC Postgraduate Training (Form PTA-B)
  • Certificate of Completion of CODA Postgraduate Training (Form CODA1-CODA2)
  • Current Postgraduate Training Verification (Form CTV)
  • Explanation to Application Question (Form EXP)

The Board will not accept these documents if submitted by mail, which will delay the processing of the license application. The DOCS registration form is available on the Board’s website. DOCS registration forms and questions about registering may be emailed to


Beginning June 1, 2023, the Medical Board of California (Board) will no longer accept or process paper-based applications for a Physician’s and Surgeon’s (P&S) License. The Board will remove the paper application from the Board’s website on May 19, 2023.

The Board began transitioning to a paperless application process on February 1, 2023, when it stopped accepting and processing paper-based applications for Postgraduate Training Licenses (PTL) and the application to transition from a PTL to a P&S License.

The transition to a paperless application process helps both applicants and the Board by increasing the efficiency of the review process, enhancing security, and reducing costs and impact to the environment.

Except under limited circumstances, paper applications submitted on or after June 1, 2023, will not be processed and the Board will notify the applicant they must apply through the BreEZe online system.

To apply online, you will need either a U.S. Social Security Number (U.S. SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).  If you do not have a U.S. SSN or ITIN, please email the Board at to request the Physician’s and Surgeon’s License Application be emailed or mailed to you. You will be required to submit the application and fees by mail only.

If your license has been cancelled and you are reapplying for a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License, please email the Board at to request the Physician’s and Surgeon’s License Application be emailed or mailed to you. You will be required to submit the application and fees by mail only.

Postgraduate Training License (PTL)

To be eligible for a PTL, you must have:

  • Graduated from board-approved medical school
  • Passed USMLE Steps 1 & 2CK or part 1 of LMCC/Canadian exams
  • If graduated from an international medical school (other than Canada) must have a valid ECFMG certificate

*A PTL must be obtained 180 days after enrollment
*A PTL may be issued up to 15 months (US/Canadian) or 27 months (International
*Must have a full CA MD license when PTL expires. NO GRACE PERIOD

Please download the PTL checklist to assist with application process.

Physician’s and Surgeon’s License (P&S)

To be eligible for a P&S, you must have:

*A P&S must be obtained within 90 days after beginning your postgraduate training program.

Please download the P&S checklist to assist with application process.


Reporting Misdemeanors and Felonies to Licensing Board

The reporting requirement is pursuant to Business and Professions Code (B&P) Section 802.1 which states:

802.1. (a) (1) A physician and surgeon, osteopathic physician and surgeon, and a doctor of podiatric medicineshall report either of the following to the entity that issued his or her license: (A) The bringing of an indictment or information charging a felony against the licensee. (B) The conviction of the licensee, including any verdict of guilty, or plea of guilty or no contest, of any felony or misdemeanor. (2) The report required by this subdivision shall be made in writing within 30 days of the date of the bringing of the indictment or information or of the conviction. (b) Failure to make a report required by this section shall be a public offense punishable by a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000).

Please use the following reporting form from the Medical Board of California: