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
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
The Maryland Department of Health Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) has a platform for applicants to renew controlled dangerous substances (CDS) registrations online. The CDS Registration Renewal Service can be accessed at www.egov.maryland.gov/mdh/cds. It connects with the Board of Physicians to verify applicants have an active professional license with no disciplinary actions/orders and with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database to verify applicants are registered*.
Applicants can renew their CDS registration up to 60 days before or 30 days after the expiration date listed on the certificate. CDS registrations renew on a three-year cycle.
Effective October 1, 2018, new and renewal applicants for CDS registration must attest to having completed 2 hours of CME related to prescribing controlled substances. This is a one-time requirement. Periodic audits will be performed to ensure that the requirement is met. Please call 410-764-2890 with any questions or see the OCSA announcement. MedChi posted “Controlled Dangerous Substances Registration – Continuing Education” here.
*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. As of July 1, 2018 PDMP use before prescribing opioids or benzodiazepines is 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) 10.13.01.03 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.