Renewal Information


osteo-renewal

The Board has made every effort to include the information you need to renew your license on this website. You can visit our Help CenterFAQs and Resources page for frequently asked questions, links, forms, applications and other helpful information. If you have additional questions about your renewal process, please contact a renewal specialist.

Click on the appropriate tab below to see the Renewal Requirements, Process, Fees and Continuing Education (CE) for an Osteopathic Physician.

Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on March 31, 2020.

To ensure you receive your renewal notification from the department, your current mailing address must be on file. Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to renew before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate the competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.

Licensees requesting to reactivate their license from inactive or retired status are required to pay additional fees and comply with specific continuing education requirements. Please contact the board office at info@floridasosteopathicmedicine.gov to request your reactivation requirements.

If you are reactivating your license, please refer to the Laws & Rules governing your practice for additional requirements.

The department will renew your license upon receipt of:

  • Completed renewal application
  • Required fees
  • Updated Practitioner Profile
  • Completed Physician Workforce Survey
  • Completed Financial Responsibility Form

Military Exemption

If you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty who was in good standing with the board at the time of becoming active and was entitled to practice or engage in the practice of medicine in Florida, you may be eligible to be exempted from renewal requirements for the duration of active duty, and for a period of six months after discharge, but not practicing the profession in the private sector for profit.

If you are the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, you may be eligible to be exempted from licensure renewal requirements, but only in cases of absence from the state because your spouses’ duties with the Armed Forces.

Volunteer Health Services Exemption

If you volunteer your services to the medically indigent residents of Florida with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, you may be eligible for a waiver of your biennial renewal fee and some of the continuing education hours (no more than 25%) required for license renewal; however, the continuing education requirements for domestic violence, HIV and AIDS, and medical errors cannot be waived.

Health Care Price Transparency Exemption

If you post a sign with a schedule of your charges, you may be exempt from paying license fees and completing continuing medical education for one biannual renewal period.   Section 381.026(4) Florida Statutes created provisions for exemption from one two-year reporting cycle of continuing medical education credits and license fees for primary care physicians who post a schedule of medical charges.  This waiver does not include the unlicensed activity fee, background check fee or dispensing fee.  Primary care physicians include medical doctors, osteopathic physicians and advanced registered nurse practitioners who provide medical services commonly provided without referral from another health care provider, including family and general practice, general pediatrics and general internal medicine.

At least 90 days before your license expires, the department will mail you a renewal notification postcard to your last known mailing address of record. You will have until midnight on the day your license expires to renew. Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to become active or inactive before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

You may RENEW ONLINE if:
  • You do not need to change the status of your license.
  • You have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction.
  • Your license status is not ‘Military, Active’.
  • If you are renewing your license after the expiration date and your status still indicates ’Clear/Active’ or ‘Clear/Inactive’ , you will be assessed a delinquency fee. The delinquency fee will be in addition to your renewal fees.
  • If your license was ‘Delinquent, Active’ or ‘Delinquent, Inactive’ before the renewal deadline, it will be moved to ‘Null and Void’ status after the renewal deadline and you should contact your board office for instruction.
Instructions for Renew Online:
  1. Click the “Renew Online” button above.
  2. Enter your user name and password
    • Please note your user ID and password were mailed with your physical license.
    • If you are having trouble accessing your account, please try the alternate login process, located at the bottom of the login screen.
    • If you require further assistance, please contact the MQA Communication Center at 850-488-0595.
  3. Click “Renew License” from the column on the left hand side of the page.

After logging in to the renewal system, licensees will be prompted to answer a series of questions and required to provide certain information, if appropriate. The renewal process typically takes 10-15 minutes and licensees pay their renewal fee by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover when they are done.

You may RENEW BY MAIL if:
  • You need to change the status of your license.
  • You need to pay using a cashier’s check or money order.
  • You do NOT have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction.
  • You need to request a name change
  • Your license is in ‘Military, Active’ status.
To Print Your Renewal Notice:
  1. Click the “Renew Online” button above.
  2. Enter your user name and password
    • Please note your user ID and password will be mailed with your renewal notification.
    • If you do not know your user ID and password, select “Get Login Help?”
  3. Once you are properly logged in, you may print your renewal notice by selecting the Renew License link, then click on the Renew by Mail option

Information for requesting a Name Change

Name changes require legal documentation showing the name change. Please submit a request including your full name as it appears on your license, profession, license number, your new name, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your signature. Attach supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

  • a copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the original signature and seal from the clerk of the court
  • a divorce decree showing the name change
  • a court order showing the name change (Adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)

Any one of these will be accepted unless the department has a question about the authenticity of the document. A social security card is not considered legal documentation.

Please Note: The last four digits of the SSN are requested as required by DOH Policy Number DOHP 385-LS05-12 Name Changes for Existing Licensees, which was established for security purposes due to past instances of fraudulent activity.

Certified check or money order should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health.

If renewing BEFORE your license expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active*$429.00*$405.00**
Inactive to Inactive$229.00$205.00**
Active to Inactive$229.00$205.00**
Inactive to Active$629.00*$605.00**
Active to Retired$55.00
Inactive to Retired$55.00

If renewing AFTER your license expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active*$829.00*$805.00**
Inactive to Inactive$629.00$605.00**
Active to Inactive$729.00$705.00**
Inactive to Active$1,129.00*$1,105.00**
Active to Retired$555.00
Inactive to Retired$555.00

If renewing 120 day Notified Delinquent, your fees will be:

Active to Active*$1,234.00*$1,210.00**
Inactive to Inactive$834.00$810.00**
Active to Inactive$836.00$810.00**
Inactive to Active$1,434.00$1,410.00**
Active to Retired$860.00
Inactive to Retired$660.00

*Osteopathic Physicians holding dispensing privileges will be charged an additional $100.00 fee. 

**If licensed after 1/1/2013 the Background Screening fee of $24.00 included in the renewal fee will not be assessed.

Licenses become Null & Void1 on April 1, 2020.

By submitting the appropriate renewal fees to the department, a licensee acknowledges compliance with all requirements for renewal, including continuing education.

A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.

 

 

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 1Null & Void -The licensed practitioner failed to renew their licensure status for two renewal cycles, resulting in their license expiring.

Requirements for First Time Renewal

  • All first time renewals must complete the following required courses:
    CourseHoursLive/Participatory
    Florida Laws and Rules1Yes
    Federal and State Laws Related to the Prescribing of Controlled Substances1Yes
    Prevention of Medical Errors2Yes
    Professional and Medical Ethics1Yes
    HIV/AIDS1No
  • If your initial license was issued prior to July 1, of the second year of the biennium you must complete 40 total continuing medical education hours.
  • 20 continuing medical education hours must be AOA Category 1-A hours; these hours may include any required course above if the required course is certified in Category 1-A by the AOA.
  • You may only complete 8 total home-study hours to satisfy renewal requirements (see Home Study Hours, below).
  • No more than 5 hours of CME credit in the area of risk management will be awarded to licensees in each biennium.
  • Risk Management CMEs must be taken via live participatory hours.

Requirements for Subsequent Renewals

  • All renewals must complete the following required courses:
    CourseHoursLive/Participatory
    Florida Laws and Rules1Yes
    Federal and State Laws Related to the Prescribing of Controlled Substances1Yes
    Prevention of Medical Errors2Yes
    Professional and Medical Ethics1Yes
  • You must complete 40 total continuing medical education hours, including the required hours above.
  • 20 continuing medical education hours must be AOA Category 1-A hours; these hours may include any required course above if the required course is certified in Category 1-A by the AOA.
  • You may only complete 8 total home-study hours to satisfy renewal requirements (see Home Study Hours, below).
  • No more than 5 hours of CME credit in the area of risk management will be awarded to licensees in each biennium.
  • Risk Management CMEs must be taken via live participatory hours.

Finding Courses and Reporting Course Completion

Courses which have been approved by the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine can be found using CEBroker (www.cebroker.com). Courses approved by the following organizations are also approved:

  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA)

Course completion is also reported through CEBroker, including self-reporting of courses.
Do not submit CE certificates to the Board office; Board staff cannot enter these on your behalf.

Need help determining if you have completed your CME requirements? Use the “Are You Renewal Ready” tool (www.ceatrenewal.com) to review your CME completion. This tool works with CEBroker to determine completion and assist with reporting.

Other Ways to Complete your CME Requirements

Performance of Pro-Bono Medical Services

You may receive up to 10 hours of CME credit for providing pro-bono medical services to indigent or underserved populations in areas of critical need in Florida. These hours may not be substituted for AOA Category 1-A Hours.

The following entities are approved to award this credit:

  • The Department of Health
  • Community and Migrant Health Centers (per s. 330, United States Public Health Service Act)
  • Volunteer Health Care provider programs contracted to provide uncompensated care under the provisions o Section 766.1115, F.S., with the Department of Health

The Board of Osteopathic Medicine may approve, on a case-by-case basis, other entities for pro-bono services. Board approval must be granted prior to the performance of services. A request to provide pro-bono services to entities not listed above may be submitted to the Board office, and must include:

  • Type, nature, and extent of services to be rendered
  • The facility where the services will be rendered
  • The number of patients expected to be served
  • A statement indicating that the patients to be served are indigent
  • In underserved/critical need areas, a brief explanation of the underserved/critical need being addressed

Note: Licensees who are subject to disciplinary action which requires continuing education as penalty are not permitted to receive CME credit for the performance of pro-bono services.

Home-Study Hours

Home study may be used to complete a maximum of eight hours per biennium. Home study courses must be approved by one of the following:

  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA)
  • College or University Extension Course

Risk Management

The following activities may substitute for risk management course completion:

  • Three or more hours of attendance of disciplinary meetings at a regular meeting of the Board of Osteopathic Medicine, provided that the licensee:
    • Signs in before the meeting begins
    • Remains in continuous attendance
    • Signs out prior to departure

    Note: This credit may not be awarded to licensees who attend a regular meeting of the Board for any other purpose.

  • Volunteer expert witnesses who provide expert witness opinions for cases being reviewed pursuant to 459, F.S. shall receive 5 hours of credit in the area of risk management for each case reviewed, and may be credited up to 15 hours.

For Members of the Armed Forces

Members of the Armed Services on active duty, or who were discharged within 6 months of course completion, may receive credit for all 40 hours of continuing education through home study.

Note: 20 Hours of AOA Category 1-A coursework are still required; the AOA may provide additional information about which courses are both home study and Category 1-A certified.

Click on Chapter or Section Number to View

Florida Statutes

Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 459: Osteopathic Medicine

Florida Administrative Codes

Rules: Chapter 64B15: Board of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida Administrative Code
Rules: Chapter 64B: Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Florida Administrative Code