Physician- Reinstatement

Reinstatement/Restoration for Expired Physician Licenses

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Application Instructions

Independently Requested Recommendations

Two Years of Professional Inactivity

DEA Certificate


An individual should submit a restoration application if their MD, DO, DPM or Telemedicine license has been expired for more than two years. 


Application Instructions

Step 1: Gather CME documentation. Use the CME log to catalog only the programs/courses that have been completed in the two years prior to the license restoration application. You will need to provide supporting documentation for all Category 1 CME hours.

Step 2: Request FBI and Ohio BCI Background Record Checks

  • All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. Criminal Record Check fees are $24.00 (FBI) and $22.00 (Ohio BCI) plus vendor processing fees.

  • Results MUST be sent directly from the vendor to the State Medical Board of Ohio; the Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.

  • In-state applicants

    • You must use the services of a vendor that participates in the national WebCheck program. Click here for a list of vendors. The sheriff's offices in most Ohio counties also participate in WebCheck. Please allow at least two to four weeks for the Board to receive and process in-state background checks.

  • Out-of-state applicants

    • Contact to request a fingerprint packet. Please allow at least six to eight weeks for the Board to receive and process out-of-state background checks.

Step 3: Request the required report from the appropriate board and have the results sent directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio at

Step 4: Request license verifications from any state or jurisdiction where you currently hold or previously held a professional license. The State Medical Board of Ohio prefers verifications be delivered by email ( or fax (614.466.4331).

Step 5: Submit employer recommendation forms to current and previous employers of the last five years. Employers should email completed forms directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio at

Step 6: Complete the Application Online

  • The Ohio physician licensure application must be submitted and paid online through

  • Pay the $405.00, nonrefundable fee online with Visa, MasterCard or Discover.


Independently Requested Recommendations

The State Medical Board will independently seek recommendations, as deemed appropriate, from your previous places of training or practice. Letters of recommendation submitted by you cannot be substituted for these independently sought recommendations.



Two Years of Professional Inactivity

The State Medical Board may require additional training or passing of an examination, or both, of any applicant who for more than two years has not been engaged in active practice, been in an approved general medical education program or been a student in good standing at an approved school.



DEA Certificate

Do NOT contact the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for a controlled substance permit until after your license has been fully restored in Ohio. Premature application could delay your request. Questions regarding DEA registration should be directed to the DEA at (800) 230-6844.