Medical License Renewal – What you Need to Know

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Medical License Renewal – What you Need to Know

Medical License Renewal – What you Need to Know

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

As a reminder, physician license renewals are quickly approaching. One third of licensed osteopathic and allopathic physicians are required to renew their three-year license every year. Please see the information below to assist with the process and requirements.


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Every 3 Years

Medical Doctors are required to complete 150 hours of continuing education of which a minimum 75 hours of the required 150 hours must be earned in courses or programs designated as Category 1 programs. The remaining 75 hours may comprise of Category 1 & 2 credits within the maximums allowed. Here is a brief description of each category and the number of allowable hours and acceptable documentation. 

Osteopathic physicians are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours in Category 1. Here is a brief description of each category and the number of allowable hours and acceptable documentation. 

Required CME

Within the 150 hours of continuing medical education, a minimum of one hour of continuing education must be in the area of medical ethics and three hours must be in the area of pain and symptom management (with at least one of the three hours specifically on controlled substance prescribing).

In addition, effective June 2022, a minimum of three hours every 3-year relicensing cycle is required in Implicit Bias education.  Renewals in January 2022 need no training; renewals in 2023 need one hour; renewals in 2024 need two hours; renewals in 2025 need three hours.  Then after, every 3-year renewal cycle will need to report three hours.  Hours earned after June 2021 can be used.

One-Time Requirements

Effective January 4, 2019, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced a one-time Opioids and Controlled Substances Awareness Training Standards for Prescribers and Dispensers of Controlled Substances.  This is separate from continuing education for an individual seeking a controlled substance license or who is licensed to prescribe or dispense controlled substances.  Licensees that prescribe or dispense controlled substances who renewed in 2019 must complete training by January 31, 2022; renewals in 2020 by 2023; and renewals in 2021 by 2024.


Also, separate from continuing medical education requirements, physicians must complete a one-time human trafficking requirement.  For physicians whose license renewed in 2019, this training must be completed by January 31, 2022.  

Recognition of Hours Worked Responding During the COVID-19 Emergency

Include your hours claimed on behalf of Executive Orders 2020-13, 2020-49, and 2020-82 which stated that LARA may recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as hours toward continuing education courses or programs required for licensure.  These orders were in effect from March 17 – June 9, 2020.  Physician members were directed to submit hours to the MSMS Education Department for processing.   

Renewal Grace Period

There is a 60-day grace period in which you may renew your license without having to go through the relicensure process.  If you renew during the 60-day grace period, there is an additional $20.00 late fee when you renew your license. 

However, if your license is not renewed within the 60-day grace period after your expiration date, your license will lapse.  The expiration date will reflect the original expiration date - it will not include the grace period.  For example: If your license expires January 31, you have until April 1 to pay your renewal fee.  If you do not renew by April 1, the end of the 60-day grace period, your license is considered lapsed as of January 31. Please note that when your license lapses, you can no longer practice your profession, nor can you identify yourself as a licensed individual.

If you have not completed your CME requirements by your license renewal date, you are allowed to use this grace period to complete those credits.  Do not submit your renewal prior to completing your CME but do not exceed the 60-day period.   

Continuing Medical Education Waivers

The Board of Medicine may waive the continuing medical education requirements for a license renewal if the failure of the license was due to the licensee’s disability, military service, absence from the continental United States, or a circumstance beyond the control of the licensee which the board considers sufficient.

To request a waiver, a written request must be submitted by mail to Bureau of Professional Licensing, Attn: Board of Medicine, P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909, or by email to and will need to include supporting documentation for the reason for the waiver.  A waiver cannot be requested after an application for renewal has been submitted.  The Board cannot prospectively waive continuing education requirements. 

Renewing Your License

Physicians will be sent a renewal notification to both your mailing and email address on record approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date of your license.  You will not be able to renew before that time.  Remember to notify LARA of any address change by submitting a MiPLUS modification.  LARA states that it is the providers responsibility as a licensed health professional to renew your license on time.  Failure to receive the renewal postcard, email notification, or to notify the LARA Department of an address change does not exempt physicians from renewing their license on time.

To renew your license, go online to your MiPLUS account at Renewal payments can be taken by using a debit or credit card containing a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover logo.

Online CME Courses

Online CME courses including the required content areas are available here>>

For More Information

Details on the required and one-time CME are available here>>

For more information or for questions, please contact Brenda Marenich or Rebecca Blake.