Physician License Renewal Info Center

The 2020 Physician License Renewal Cycle Is Underway In DC 
(click above for the 5 things you need to know)

medical-licenseTimely physician license renewal is an important part of maintaining one's practice in the District of Columbia. That is why reliable information on licensure is one of the top-rated benefits from MSDC members. To provide a one-stop resource for license renewal, MSDC provides information about other jurisdictions, since a number of physicians are licensed in multiple jurisdictions. 

Among the most common questions related to licensure are deadlines and specific CME requirements, which have recently been revised. To get the most current information, click the questions below for answers and information.

Check back continually as information will be updated on a regular basis.


2020 Physician License Renewal Resources

*WHOW* As part of its WHOW series, MSDC held a DC licensure renewal webinar on September 16 with DC Health. A recording of the event is available at

*1-on-1 Help* MSDC will once again offer telemedicalsociety consults (via phone, video or email) to help physicians navigate the renewal process or check the status of a renewal application. Consults are complimentary for Active members, $100 for other MSDC members and $300 for non-members and will be available starting in September.

2020 Physician License Renewal Q&A

Who is affected by the 2020 renewal cycle?

District of Columbia
The current District of Columbia renewal cycle applies to ALL physicians licensed in the District of Columbia.


The current Maryland state license renewal cycle applies to physicians with a last name ending in A-L, but physicians are encouraged to check their profiles to confirm their expiration date.


What is the current renewal deadline?



District of Columbia
December 31, 2020


Under normal circumstances, the online renewal system would close at 11:59 pm (EST) on September 30, 2020; however, pursuant to Governor Hogan's Executive Order of March 12, 2020, the Board will extend the expiration date "to the 30th day after the date by which the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded."


What are the CME requirements?

District of Columbia and Maryland


Physicians (MD/DO): Physicians must earn at least fifty (50) AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits. 

See DC CE requirements for other allied health providers HERE


Do I need to take CME in specific topics?


District of Columbia

Fifty (50) hours must include two (2) hours in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency, and at least one (1) course in the subject of pharmacology. 

NEW UPDATE: DC had introduced an additional CME requirement to complete at least 10% of their required total continuing education hours in topics identified by the Director of the Department of Health as public health priorities. This requirement does not apply to the 2020 renewal period. Instead it will go into effect for the 2021/2022 renewal period.  

ALSO NOTE: There is no longer an HIV/AIDS CME requirement for relicensure in the DIstrict. 




Where can I get topic-specific CME?


Continuing Medical Education Courses on DC-mandated Topics

DC Chapter - American College of Physicians: On November 14-15, as part of DC ACP's Scientific Meeting, they will offer 6 hours of CME/MOC credits, including 2 hours for LGBTQ cultural competency and 1 hour for pharmacology. Register or learn more at the event website.

American Medical Association. The AMA has a variety of free and paid courses on its LGBTQ Health, Diversity and Inclusion Center

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
: On October 8, PCRM offered, LGBTQIA Competency for the Healthcare Professional, a one-hour CME course offering 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. A recorded version is now available at

What Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Patients Would Like You To Know (this is a complimentary 1 hr course, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit available)

Fenway Institute / National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center: See Learning Resources (You will need to register). This source is provided by the DC Board of Medicine in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency. 


For CME related to pharmacology and/or prescribing, DC Health offers several free programs via the DC Center for Rational Prescribing. Visit DC Rx Center


This material is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice, or as a substitute for the legal advice of an attorney.