How to Properly Prepare for your 2023 Medical License Renewal

On July 31, 2023, Illinois Chiropractic Physician (DC), Physician and Surgeon (MD and DO) and Physician and Surgeon Controlled Substance licenses will expire. It’s important to be prepared so you don’t miss the renewal notification and so you will have met all the CME requirements prior to renewal.  Failure to renew on time can result in an interruption of your ability to practice as a Physician in Illinois.

You should expect to receive renewal information from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) via email only.

You will not receive a license renewal notice through the U.S. Postal Service. You will receive an email from the IDFPR sent to the email address you last provided that will contain instructions for renewal. This email will arrive approximately 60 days prior to the expiration of your license.  If your email has changed since the last renewal period, it is imperative to update your email address with the IDFPR immediately to avoid missing the renewal email. If you don’t receive the renewal notice, check old email addresses and your spam folder for the physician license renewal notices. You are required to know when your licenses expire and are responsible for timely renewal, regardless of whether you receive a renewal notice. We strongly recommend that you visit IDFPR’s online address change webpage to provide a current email address and ensure your contact information is up-to-date. 

Effective immediately, the IDFPR requires any licensed professional who is renewing their physician license to submit the renewal via IDFPR’s website. Once the renewal is successfully processed, licensees will receive an email that may be used as proof of licensure. You will no longer receive a paper license in the mail. It will be available to print from the IDFPR website. Proof of licensure may be also found online via IDFPR’s License Lookup

As of  the July 31, 2023, license renewal, anyone who holds an Illinois Chiropractic Physician or Physician and Surgeon license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation is required to complete and verify the following Continuing Medical Education: 3 hours of Safe Opioid Prescribing Training (for physicians who prescribe controlled substances), 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, 1 hour of Recognizing Dementia (for physicians who treat patients ages 26 years and older), and 1 hour of Implicit Bias Training.  These courses count toward the 150 hours of CME required each renewal period.

Please contact us if you need help identifying an appropriate course.

After you submit your renewal applications, you may receive a Notice of Intent to Deny indicating that your license(s) will not be renewed. The IDFPR may be reviewing negative information in connection with your license(s) and your Chiropractic Physician, Physician and Surgeon, and/or Controlled Substance license renewal may be denied. However, this is not the end as you still have options and are entitled to a hearing if you timely request it.

We can help – if you would like us to assist with the renewal of your license or have any questions, please contact us.

Disclaimer: This web site is addressed to those who hold professional licenses issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and by similar licensing agencies in other states. Suggestions herein are, in most circumstances, valid for any type investigation, whether administrative, criminal, or civil. However, it should be noted that in some other states, one who holds a professional license may be required to submit to an investigative interview as a condition of being licensed. Whatever the circumstances, a licensed professional who becomes the subject of an investigation would be wise to immediately retain legal counsel. No content, whole or in part, is to be considered as “legal advice,” and by reading this document, no attorney-client relationship is formed with the Crick Walanka Law Group, Ltd.