Postgraduate Training License (PTL)
A PTL will be required for all trainees participating in an ACGME accredited postgraduate training program in California in order to practice medicine as part of their training program. A PTL must be obtained within 180 days after enrollment in the program and will not be required to be renewed.
Transition from PTL to Physician's and Surgeon's License
Trainees who hold a current PTL and have successfully completed 36 months of ACGME training that includes four months of general medicine may apply for transition from a PTL to a physician's and surgeon's license in California.
Note: The PTL will be valid until 90 days after a trainee successfully completed 36 months of accredited training if the trainee is currently enrolled in an ACGME accredited training program in California.
Physician's and Surgeon's License
An applicant must successfully complete a minimum of 36 months of board-approved postgraduate training, with at least 24 consecutive months in the same program, to be eligible for a physician's and surgeon's license in California.
An applicant who has completed 36 months of ACGME training outside of California has 90 days after beginning an ACGME training program in California to obtain a full unrestricted CA medical license to practice medicine.
An applicant who has completed 48 or more months of ACGME training outside of California must obtain a full unrestricted CA medical license prior to starting an ACGME training program in California.