2016 Annual Licence Renewal is just around the corner

Annual licence renewal begins January 1, 2016. Read more to find out what you need to know.


Use the right technology and systems

  • The licence renewal process is best experienced using a PC or a Mac. Mobile devices or smart phones, including tablets and iPads, are not supported.
  • It is best practice to have the most recent version of a web browser installed on your computer.
    • Optimum browsers include Internet Explorer 9, Safari 5, Mozilla Firefox 14, Google Chrome 46 or better.
    • Optimum operating systems include Windows 8 or OSX 9 or better.
    • Lower versions, other operating systems or browsers may cause viewing problems.

Gather your documents

  1. Your BC driver’s licence
  2. Your method of payment (debit or credit card, or online banking details)
  3. Your CPD cycle date
  4. Your health authority letter of reappointment to assist you in answering questions regarding hospital privileges, if applicable

Note: The purpose of gathering these documents in advance is to assist you with answering specific questions on the Annual  Licence Renewal Form. You are not required to submit these documents to the College.


January 1, 2016: start of annual licence renewal
February 1, 2016: deadline to complete the Annual Licence Renewal form and payment of fees
March 1, 2016: penalties applied for late licence renewal and late payment of fees
April 1, 2016: suspension for non-renewal of licensure or non-payment of fees


  1. Login
    To begin your licence renewal, you will need your CPSID and password.

    If your CPSID begins with one or more zeros, do not enter the zeros when logging in, i.e. enter 1234, not 01234. If you do not have an email address on file with the College, please contact the College.

    TIP: Learn more about logging in to the College website at https://www.cpsbc.ca/login-qa.

  2. Click 2016 Annual Licence Renewal
    Once logged in, you will land on the My Tasks page. Click on the 2016 Annual Licence Renewal link to begin the licence renewal process.

  3. Confirm/update contact information
    A maximum of one home address and up to two business addresses can be stored.

    Identify one business address as a primary address for contact and publishing on the College physician directory.

    IMPORTANT—Physicians are required by statute to provide their current contact information to the College, including their professional mailing address(es), and telephone/fax number(s). If you have only provided one address and that address is your home address, it will be published on the physician directory. Please ensure you have made the necessary updates by adding a business address as your primary address—this could be a PO Box address.

    For completion of the annual licence renewal process, you must also provide an email address under the primary address tab.

    Your email address will not be shared with third party agencies or visible on the physician directory. For more information, please refer to the College’s corporate policy regarding Distribution of Information/Material On Behalf of Third Parties via Broadcast Email or Other Communication Channel.

    Clear all the fields of the existing stored address and leave the fields blank.

    TIP: Log in to the College website to update your primary business address and email before the licence renewal period in January—this will save you some time during the renewal process.

  4. Questions
    The entire process should not take more than 20 minutes.

    Most questions remain the same on the 2016 Annual Licence Renewal Form, with the addition of six new questions regarding the following topics:

    • Professional practice

    • Physician health

    • Indigenous cultural competency (San’yas) training
      At the request of the First Nations Health Authority, the College has added this question to the 2016 Annual Licence Renewal Form inquiring whether registrants have completed indigenous cultural training (ICC). The resulting data will be linked to patient satisfaction and health-care evaluations in follow-up analysis. The College supports the utility of ICC courses, such as those offered through the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety program, to maintain standards of excellence in BC.

    • Consent to complete routine criminal record check
      Registrants who work with children or vulnerable adults or have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults during their employment are required to undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) under the Criminal Records Review Act at least once every five years. Completing this routine criminal record check is a requirement of ongoing registration and licensure with the College.

  5. Certification/declaration
    At the end of the questions and prior to submitting the online form, registrants will be asked to certify that the information provided is truthful, accurate and complete. The College expects registrants to complete their own Annual Licence Renewal Form. It is not acceptable for registrants to ask a medical office assistant, spouse or partner to complete the form on their behalf.

  6. Submit form and payment
    Your 2016 renewal fee of $1,625 can be paid in one of three ways online:

    • By credit card
    • By Interac® Online
      • Use your BMO, RBC, Scotiabank, or TD Canada Trust debit card.
    • By online banking
      • Go to your online bank, log in and set up the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC as a payee. The College should appear as:
        • CPSBC Registrant Fees
        • CPSBC Medical Corporation Fees
    • Submit a payment exactly like you would do with a hydro or cable bill.
  7. Confirmation email and receipts
    Once your form has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from the College.

    You can view and print your receipts after two (2) business days by accessing the Financial tab under My Account.

More details on the 2016 annual licence renewal process will be sent to registrants via email in December.