Medical Board of California

2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA  95815
Phone: (916) 263-2382
Fax: (916) 263-2944


  • Application process: 6-9 months (depending on irregularities and/or whether are not you are an international graduate)
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets in May, July, & October.  The Board issues licenses every Wednesday on a weekly basis.

What you need to know:

  • FCVS: The Board rarely accepts FCVS profiles. Their policy is to review each profile on a case-by-case basis. However, our experience indicates that they never accept medical school verifications from the FCVS and thus, those verifications must be obtained independently.
  • Interview: Not required. However, the Board may require the applicant to attend a personal interview when, for instance, 1) the applicant has committed any acts constituting grounds for denial of license 2) the Board is in receipt of information requiring additional information or explanation from the applicant and 3) the applicant’s application is incomplete or requires further explanation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • USMLE Attempt Limit: 4 attempts on Step III.
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 10 years of passing the first step.
  • PGY (AMG): 1 Year (ACGME accredited only)
  • PGY (IMG): 2 Years (ACGME accredited only); 1 Year if currently Board Certified or if SPEX is taken & passed.
  • SPEX: Required unless board certified/re-certified in the last 10 years.

It was a pleasure working with the folks at Physician Licensing Service. They were quick and responsive, and I always had a sense of where the process was at any given time. The folks here remarked that it was the quickest they had seen a California license issued in the past several years. I would certainly recommend them to my colleagues.
Dr. MW, California 

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About California:

California is located on the West Coast of the United States. Nicknamed “The Golden State,” it is the most populous and third-largest state by land area, after Alaska and Texas. It is home to the nation’s second– and sixth-largest census statistical areas and eight of the nation’s 50 most populous cities. Its five largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and Fresno. California’s capital is Sacramento.

The name California once referred to a large area of North America claimed by Spain that included much of modern-day Southwestern United States and the Baja California peninsula. Beginning in the late 18th century, the area known as Alta California, comprising the California territory north of the Baja Peninsula, was colonized by the Spanish Empire as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. In 1821, Alta California became a part of Mexico following its successful war for independence. Shortly after the beginning of the Mexican-American War in 1846, a group of American settlers in Sonoma declared an independent California Republic in Alta California. Though its existence was short-lived, its flag became the precursor for California’s current state flag. American victory in the war led to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, in which Mexico ceded Alta California to the United States. Western areas of Alta California became the state of California, which was admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850.

California’s diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast to the west, to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the east, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast and to the Redwood–Douglas fir forests of the northwest. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest (Mount Whitney) and lowest (Death Valley) points in the contiguous United States. After Florida, California has the second-longest coastline in the contiguous United States, which is approximately 840 miles long. Earthquakes are a common occurrence due to the state’s location along the Pacific Ring of Fire, with about 37 thousand recorded annually.
* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of California, click here.


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