Physician License Retirement Options

  1. Retired Status

    The retired status exempts physicians from the registration process, registration fee, and CME.

    The following restrictions apply to physicians whose licenses are on retired status:

    To be eligible for retired status, a physician's license cannot be under investigation, under a Board order, or be otherwise restricted.

    To return to practice from retired status, a physician must obtain approval of the Board after submitting a written request.  If a physician has been on official retired status for two years or longer, the request must be reviewed by the Licensure Committee of the Board.

    To request retired status, complete and return the retirement request form (link below) to the Board for approval before the expiration date of the current registration permit.  Refunds of registration fees already paid cannot be made.

    If a physician is ineligible for retired status, biennial registration, including the fee and CME, are required to keep the license current. 
     
    Retirement Request Form (PDF)

  2. Voluntary Charity Care Status

    The voluntary charity care status exempts retired physicians, whose only practice is the provision of voluntary charity care, from the registration fee and reduces the informal CME requirement.

    "Voluntary charity care" is defined as medical care provided for no compensation to indigent populations; in medically underserved areas; or for a disaster relief organization.  “Compensation" is defined as direct or indirect payment of anything of monetary value, except payment or reimbursement of reasonable, necessary, and actual travel and related expenses.

    The following restrictions apply to physicians practicing under voluntary charity care permits:

    A physician on voluntary charity care status must still obtain and report continuing medical education, except that the number of credits of informal CME is reduced from 24 credits to 20 credits per biennium.

    To request voluntary charity care status, complete and return the voluntary charity care request form (link below) to Board for approval before the expiration date of the current registration permit.  Refunds of registration fees already paid cannot be made.

    If the physician does not qualify for this status, notification will be sent and the biennial registration fee must be paid to keep the medical license current.

    Voluntary Charity Care Request Form (PDF)

    If you have any questions, please contact Pre-Licensure, Registration and Consumer Services (PRC) at 512-305-7030.