Licensure Information

For information regarding medical licensure in Maryland please contact The Maryland Board Physicians. You may visit their website or contact them at:

Maryland Board of Physicians
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Phone: 410.764.4777 or 1.800.492.6836
Fax: 410.358.2252

View the complete regulations for the Board of Physicians.

A new commission has been established to streamline licensure in multiple states, although Maryland is not participating at this time.  See news item here.

CDS Registration and Renewal

There is no online renewal option for Maryland Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) registrations.  The Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) website includes instructions.  The renewal form must be downloaded and sent by regular mail.  To find out when your CDS registration expires, click here and enter your last name.  You can also call 410-764-2890 from 10 AM to 3 PM.  The renewal cycle has been extended to three years, consistent with the timeframe for DEA licensure.

As of July 1, 2017 practitioners must register with the PDMP prior to obtaining a new or renewal Maryland State CDS Registration (issued by the OCSA – formerly the Division of Drug Control.)  Click here for more details.  Beginning July 1, 2018 PDMP use by CDS prescribers will be mandatory.  Please see THIS FLYER for details.

Criminal History Checks Now Required for Physician License Renewals 

Chapter 34 (HB 574 / SB 449) from the 2015 session of the Maryland General Assembly requires MBP applicants and licensees to submit to criminal history records checks (CHRCs) as a qualification for licensure.  This requirement began October 1, 2016 for all reinstatements, renewal and initial license applications. Chapter 34 also created new grounds for disciplinary action if a licensee fails to submit to a required CHRC.

Private commercial fingerprinting services are authorized by COMAR Regulation 12.15.05.  To view a list of authorized services with their location and phone number, click here.  Some of these have “preregistration” which can significantly reduce wait time by filling out the Criminal Background Application form and paying the required fees in advance.  There is also an option to request the Criminal Background Application from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Please visit the Maryland Board of Physicians’ website for the latest information.  The Board recommends that applicants and licensees do not submit fingerprints earlier than 6 weeks before the application or renewal date. The Board is authorized to retain CHRC information for 90 days only.

Please click below for Statute Text:

Criminal Justice Information System Central Repository report
CHRC for applicants
CHRC for license renewals
MBP considerations for licensure with criminal history
Disciplinary action for failure to submit to CHRC

Printing Renewed Licenses

To make it faster and easier for practitioners to renew licenses online, the MBP offers electronic copies of renewed licenses in lieu of paper licenses.  To print a copy of your renewal license, renewal receipt, or renewal application, please click on Physician Renewals – 2017 to access the renewal site. From there, enter your credentials and click the Logon button.  A link will display to download and print your renewal materials.

Continuing Education for Drug Dispensing Permits

Physicians who hold permits to dispense medication must meet continuing education (CE) requirements under Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) D.  Over a 5-year period, a permit holder must complete 10 continuing education credits related to preparing and dispensing prescription drugs as a condition of renewal. Please note that giving samples and starter doses to patients to take home does not require a dispensing permit.  Click here for additional information.  The required credits are being phased in according to the year when permits expire:

2016 – the physician shall complete six CE credits;
2017 – the physician shall complete eight CE credits;
2018 – the physician shall complete ten CE credits.