Physician Renewal FAQs

No. The renewal application is only available online.
No. Mobile devices such as smartphones, IPads, Kindle, etc. are not supported.
Your password is the last four (4) digits of your Social Security number.
Yes. Your financial data is protected by a 2048-byte RSA encryption SSL certificate and is Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant.
No. The NPO only applies to newly licensed physicians.
You may change your name by downloading and completing a Name Change application and sending the form with the required fee and supporting documentation to the Maryland Board of Physicians (the Board). You cannot change your name through the online renewal application.
It can take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes to complete depending on the applicants' response to each question. Certain responses such as "Yes" answers require additional information. Newly licensed or newly reinstated licensees may take longer to complete the application because their application information is not pre-filled.
The license renewal fee is payable online by Visa, Mastercard or Discover credit cards only (American Express not accepted). Credit card payment will not be accepted by phone or in-person at the Board's office.
Yes. No one at the Board has access to your credit card information. The system does not save your credit card information. We are a Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliant Merchant for Truist.
Completed applications are processed the next business day. The website will reflect your new expiration date 1 to 2 business days after processing.
After submission of the application and payment, you can immediately print your license. If a printer is not available, you can return later to print your license, receipt of payment, and a copy of the application. Select Print My License from the Board's website.
Exit the system and log on again. If you are still experiencing difficulties, contact the Board at
No, you cannot make changes to the online application after you have submitted it.
If you need to provide additional information or supporting documentation, mail your documentation to:

Maryland Board of Physicians
P.O. Box 2571, Baltimore, MD 21215
Attention: Renewal Unit

Be sure to include your name, license number, signature and date on each piece of correspondence.
No, there is no late renewal period. The online license renewal system closes on September 30th at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Failure to renew your license by the expiration date will result in the termination of your license to practice in Maryland. There is no grace period after the expiration date.
To activate your license, you must reinstate it. Click to access the online Physician Reinstatement application and follow the instructions.
If you qualify for an exemption from license fee, click to download the Physician Exemption from License Fee application. Complete the online renewal application prior to the expiration date and submit Parts 1 and 2 of the Exemption from License Fee application.

The Board must receive the Exemption from License fee application before the expiration of your license.

You can apply for emeritus status if your license is currently active. Click to apply online for the Emeritus Status application and follow the instructions.
You can apply for inactive status if your license is currently active. Click to download the Inactive Status application and follow the instructions.
No. You cannot apply for license renewal until after the Board receives confirmation from the State Comptroller's Office that your tax liability has been resolved or payment arrangements have been made. Contact the Comptroller’s Office at 410-974-2432.
No. You are not required to notify the Board. Your license will automatically expire if not renewed by the expiration date.
Physicians must earn at least 50 Category 1 CME credits in the two-year period prior to the expiration date of the license. You certify by submission of the application you have earned the required credits during the two-year period. You are not required to send your CME documents to the Board unless you are selected for audit. The Board may impose a penalty of $100 per continuing education medical education credit for failure to obtain the required continuing medical education credits.
No. You are exempt from the continuing education requirement during the first license renewal. After the first renewal, you must comply with CME regulations.
Yes. As long as you have an active license, you must comply with CME regulation, which require 50 Category 1 credits for license renewal.
A description of activities that meet the Board's Category 1 CME requirement and required documentation can be viewed at the COMAR
Yes. Residents and Fellows who are enrolled in ACGME- or AOA-accredited graduate medical education programs attended by the applicant within a 2-year period can claim CME credit on the basis of:
  • 1 year of full-time service earns 50 CME credit hours; and
  • Full-time service for a portion of a year earns 1 credit hour per week.
Keep all CME documentation for 6 years.