What Every Physician Needs to Know About License Renewals

Did you know your Illinois Physician license and your Illinois Physician Controlled Substance license are two separate renewals?  This means that renewing one license does not automatically renew the other. You must renew each license individually.  Failing to renew your Controlled Substance license along with your Physician license could cause problems for your practice.

Renewal Notices: What to Expect

You should expect to receive two separate renewal notices with information from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) via email only – renewal notices will not be sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

You should receive these emails with the instructions for renewals from the IDFPR to the most recent email address provided to the IDFPR. Please update your email with the IDFPR immediately if necessary, and check old email addresses and spam folders for the license renewal notices. You are required to know when your licenses expire and are responsible for timely renewals.

License Renewal Requirements

Submit License Renewals Online – and make sure your contact info is up to date!

In addition, effective immediately, the IDFPR requires all renewals be submitted via the IDFPR’s website. Once the renewals are successfully processed, licensees will receive emails that may be used as proof of licensure. You will no longer receive paper licenses in the mail. The licenses will be available to print from the IDFPR website. Proof of licensure may be also found via IDFPR’s License Lookup.

We strongly recommend for you to visit the IDFPR’s online address change webpage to provide a current email address and ensure contact information is up-to-date.

Continuing Education Requirement for Licensed Professionals

As a reminder, as of January 1, 2020, all licensed professionals that have a continuing education requirement are required to complete 1 hour of CE on the topic of sexual harassment prevention training. This new CE requirement does not increase the number of hours required to renew your Physician license. Please contact us if you need help identifying an appropriate course.

Notice of Deficiency or Other Renewal Failure

After you submit your Physician license and Physician Controlled Substance renewal applications, you may receive a Notice of Deficiency Letter via email explaining that your license(s) will not be renewed due to a deficiency. It is important to correct this deficiency as soon as possible to avoid further delay to the renewal process.

Another notice you may receive is a Notice of Intent to Deny. This Notice indicates that the IDFPR may be reviewing negative information in connection with your license(s) and your renewal(s) may be denied. However, this is not the end. You still have options but you have to take action quickly.

Have questions? We are here for you.

If you have any questions regarding the renewal process, or if you are concerned about your renewal application in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us at Crick Walanka Law Group. We are here to assist all licensed professionals with any issues that may arise.

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.