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Does Your Medical License Expire January 31, 2020 - Are You Ready to Renew?

Monday, January 6, 2020  
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Every three years, all Michigan physicians must renew their license and certify compliance with state continuing medical education laws. Every year approximately one-third of Michigan’s physicians are required to renew. The Licensure and CME calendar year runs February 1 to January 31. Each physician is required to complete 150 credits of CME in which a minimum of 75 hours of the required 150 must be earned in Category 1 activities.

As a reminder, physicians who re-new their licenses on January 31, 2020, will need to complete the 5 hours of mandatory CME in the areas of pain and symptom management, human trafficking and ethics.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs revised Medical Rules are as follows:


  •  Training Standards for Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking – This is a one-time training that is separate from continuing education. Licensees renewing for 2017 must complete training by renewal in 2020; renewals for 2018 by 2021, and renewals for 2019 by 2022. Beginning in 2021, completion of the training is a requirement for initial licensure.
  • Education on Pain and Symptom Management – Starting in December 2017, a minimum of three hours of continuing education shall be earned.
  • Medical Ethics – A minimum of one-hour of continuing education shall be earned.

 On-demand webinars on all of these topics are available online at

Physicians who have not met the 150 requirement are strongly urged to not renew until all credits have been achieved. Doing so is a violation of the Michigan Public Health Code and is subject to license sanctions.

Physicians can take advantage of the 60-day grace period to complete the missing credits. Online renewal must be completed within the 60-day grace period, along with the $20 late fee payment in addition to the renewal fee.

Physicians whose licenses have been expired for more than 60 days must apply for relicensure.

The Board of Medicine has updated the previous six Categories of Credit into two categories. As before, each medical doctor is required to complete 150 hours of continuing medical education approved by the Board of Medicine, which a minimum of 75 hours of the required 150 must be earned in Category 1 activities, and 5 in the before mentioned areas of medical ethics (1), pain management (3) and human trafficking (1). The following is a breakdown of the two Categories for licensure:

Category 1

  • Activities with accredited sponsorship - Maximum 150 hours
  • Passing specialty board certification or recertification - Maximum 50 hours
  • Successfully completing MOC that does not meet requirements of (A) or (B) above. - Maximum 30 hours
  • Participation in a board approved training program - Maximum 150 hours

Category 2

  • Clinical instructor for medical students engaged in postgraduate training program - Maximum 48 hours
  • Initial presentation of scientific exhibit, poster or paper - Maximum 24 hours
  • Publication of scientific article in a peer-reviewed journal - Maximum 24 hours
  • Initial publication of a chapter or portion of a chapter in a professional health care textbook or peer-review textbook - Maximum 24 hours
  • Participation in any of the following as it relates to the practice of medicine: - Peer review committee dealing with quality of patient care or a Committee dealing with utilization review or a health care organization committee dealing with patient care issues or a national or state committee, board, council or association- Maximum 18 hours
  • Until December 6, 2019, attendance at an activity that was approved by the Board of Medicine prior to December 6, 2016 - Maximum 36 hours
  • Independently reading a peer-reviewed journal prior to December 6, 2016, that doesn't satisfy the requirements of Category 1, subdivision (A) - Maximum 18 hours
  • Prior to December 6, 2016, completing a multi-media self-assessment program that doesn't satisfy the requirements of Category 1, subdivision (A) - Maximum 18 hours

Additional Resources
LARA Relicensure CME Requirements
License Renewal Date
Online Licensure Renewal

If you are audited and need clarification of the requirements, please contact MDS or an experienced health care attorney, prior to communicating with LARA or the Board of Medicine.