Physician (MD, DO, DPM)

Doctor of Medicine Renewal

License Renewal


Physicians (MD, DO, DPM) are required to renew their licenses biennially in order to maintain an active certificate to practice. Renewal cycles are based on the first letter of your last name (name at the time of initial licensure). 

 

You can watch a short video walking through the eLicense process:

Because the Medical Board has recently converting to a new licensure system, you will need to register in eLicense before you can start the renewal process. You will need the following information:

  • Navigate to eLicense.ohio.gov

  • Choose Login / Create an Account

  • Click the I Have a License button

  • You will need the following to register:

    • Security Code (sent to you by the Medical Board)

    • Email

    • Social Security Number

    • Date of Birth

    • Create/confirm a unique password

 

 Once on your Dashboard:

  • Find the license you wish to renew

  • Click the Options button on that license tile

  • Choose Renew from the dropdown options

  • Be sure to update your profile and contact information

  • Access your shopping cart to pay renewal fees with a credit card

An automated email will be sent to you once you have successfully completed the renewal application and paid the required fee. If you have questions or need assistance, please email license@med.ohio.gov.

 

Late License Renewal


Late renewal is applicable if the license has lapsed for less than two years.

 

License Restoration


An individual should apply for a restoration application if their license has been inactive for two years or more. A license may be restored upon an applicant's submission of a restoration application, the restoration fee and submission of criminal background checks. Please note: The Board may require additional training or examination, or both, of any applicant who for the two years or more immediately preceding the date of application has not been engaged in clinical practice. To restore a license, log into the eLicense portal: eLicense.ohio.gov. You also need to complete an employer recommendation form.

 

Renewal Fees


Renewal fee $305.00

Late renewal fee $405.00

Restoration fee $505.00

Transaction fee $3.50

Physician Loan Repayment Program fee $20.00​

  • Pursuant to Ohio law, twenty dollars of each renewal fee goes to the Physician Loan Repayment Fund which provides loan repayment assistance to physicians who commit to practice in underserved areas. Further information regarding the Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website here.

 

Continuing Education


All physicians registering for each renewal must complete at least 100 hours of CME (40 category 1 and 60 category 2) and comply with the CME requirements. Physicians who are currently not working or retired must complete CME requirements if they wish to renew their license. View CME requirements here.

No provisions exist between Ohio and other states for reciprocity of CME licensure requirements for renewal.

 

CME Hours Required to Maintain an Ohio License

  • To be eligible for renewal, you must have completed 100 CME hours. The CME program consists of two categories, Category 1 and Category 2. A minimum of 40 hours must be earned in Category 1 and a maximum of 60 hours may be earned in Category 2. You may earn all 100 CME hours in Category 1.

  • Your CME requirements must be completed prior to the expiration date of your license. If you received your initial license or restored your Ohio license within a renewal cycle, your hours may be prorated.

  • Each completed week of ACGME approved internship, residency or fellowship training counts as one CME Category 1 credit hour (i.e. one year of training equals 50 Category 1 CME hours).

 

Submitting CME

  • On the renewal application you are asked to attest to completion of the required CME hours. The State Medical Board of Ohio audits a percentage of practitioners during each renewal cycle for random audit. Please do not submit proof of CME unless you receive an audit notice from the Board. 

  • CME Audit Log form

  • Click here to learn more about tracking your CME online with CE Broker.

  • Ohio Administrative Code requires practitioners to retain their CME records for two renewal cycles (at least 4 years).

 

Telemedicine Renewal Fees


Renewal fee $305.00

Late renewal fee $405.00

Restoration fee $505.00

Transaction fee $3.50

Physician Loan Repayment Program fee $20.00

  • Pursuant to Ohio law, twenty dollars of each renewal fee goes to the Physician Loan Repayment Fund which provides loan repayment assistance to physicians who commit to practice in underserved areas. Further information regarding the Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website here.

 

Forms and Helpful Links


Employer Recommendation Form