Doctors of Medicine (MDs) are required to renew their licenses biennially in order to maintain an active certificate to practice. The Board utilizes a "staggered renewal" process for its licensees.
"Staggered renewal" is defined as a method of shifting Ohio medical license expiration dates from a single date of expiration for all licensees to variable expiration dates based upon the first letter of the licensee’s last name. See staggered renewal chart here
Ohio licenses may be renewed online. Online renewals are processed daily. Weekend renewals are processed on Mondays or the next business day. You may view your renewal status online here.
When you are ready to start the online renewal process, go to https://license.ohio.gov and follow the online instructions. Computer-generated User ID and Password included in the online renewal notice sent to you (mailed 6 months prior to license expiration date). For online renewal you will need the following items:
NOTE: If you cannot complete the process during your session, simply exit the program. The system will save what you have done, and allow you to log back on at a later time to continue.
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 as outlined in the CME booklet. Physicians who are currently not working or retired must complete CME requirements if they wish to renew their license.
No provisions exist between Ohio and other states for reciprocity of CME licensure requirements for renewal.
CME Hours Required to Maintain an Ohio License
Does participation in an Internship, Residency or Fellowship Program count for CME credit
Submitting my CME
To obtain your online user Id/password applicants may go to https://license.ohio.gov/. Applicants should then choose the "Password Retrieval" option. Once you have chosen this option the following page will appear:
Please choose "Medical Board" from the Select a Board dropdown box and enter your Name (Last, First) and Last 4 SSN.
Once you have obtained your online user Id and password applicants will either need to print out the sheet or open a second tab to access https://license.ohio.gov/ for the ability to access the License Renewal Information.
If your address has changed, you are required to update it as part of the licensure renewal process.
The Board has made every effort to include pertinent information on this website. If you have questions or concerns, you may contact the Board’s CME, Records & Renewal Department by email or telephone at (614) 466-3934.
Renewal notices are mailed approximately six (6) months in advance. Your license can be renewed online after the mailing of the renewal notices. Second (2nd) online renewal reminders are mailed approximately 30 (thirty) days prior to expiration date of license. CME requirements must be completed three (3) months prior to expiration date.
With online renewal, a confirmation email receipt is provided after renewal payment is received. In order to obtain a written receipt from the Board, please email the CME and Renewal department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 7-10 business days for this request.
No. On the renewal you are asked to attest to completion of the required CME hours. The Ohio State Medical Board audits a percentage of practitioners during each renewal cycle for random audit. DO NOT SUBMIT PROOF OF CME unless you receive an audit notice from the Board.
Ohio Administrative Code requires practitioners to retain their CME records for two renewal cycles. (at least 4 years)
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 three (3) months prior to expiration date. If you received your initial license or restored your Ohio license within a renewal cycle, your hours may be prorated. Please refer to the Continuing Education Booklet tab above.
No. Physicians who are participating in internship, residency or fellowship programs are required to complete the 100 CME hours. ACGME approved internships, residency or fellowship training counts as one CME Category 1credit hour. (i.e. one year of training equals 50 Category 1 CME hours)