2017 annual licence renewal is almost here

Printed licences and wallet cards will no longer be available. The physician directory is the most up-to-date and accurate source for physicians’ registration information.

As of December 31, 2016, the College will no longer be printing licences or issuing wallet cards to physicians in independent practice. Verification of registration with the College will be available in the online directory via the College website effective March 1, 2017. Prior to March 1, confirmation of your completed Annual Licence Renewal Form and licensure fees will be provided by way of a receipt of payment.

There are two ways to view your registration status:

  1. Logged in view (CPSID and password required)
    1. Log in to the College website at www.cpsbc.ca
    2. Once logged in, click Edit My Profile
    3. Your registration status is listed under your certification
  2. Physician directory search (CPSID and password not required; accessible by the public)
    1. Go to the College website, click Find a Physician.
    2. Search for your own physician profile by entering your first and last name
    3. Your registration status is listed under your physician directory profile on each of the tabs (Main, Education, Regulatory Actions)

Health authorities requiring confirmation of an active licence should contact the College directly for relevant licence information that is not available on the website. Note that any confidential information related to your licence will require your consent and completion of the Request for Certificate of Professional Conduct form.

Before you start

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, credit card, or online banking details)
  3. Your CPD cycle date
  4. Your health authority letter of reappointment (for verifying hospital privileges)

Important dates to note

January 1, 2017: start of annual licence renewal
February 1, 2017: deadline to complete the Annual Licence Renewal Form and payment of fees
March 1, 2017: penalties applied for late licence renewal and late payment of fees
April 1, 2017: suspension for non-renewal of licensure or non-payment of fees

How to renew your licence

  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 2017 Annual Licence Renewal
    Once logged in, you will land on the My Tasks page. Click on the 2017 Annual Licence Renewal link to begin the licence renewal process.
  1. Confirm/update contact information
    A maximum of one home address and up to two business addresses can be stored.

    Set a primary address
    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 in 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.

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

    Please be assured that your email address is not shared with third parties and nor is it visible in 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.

    Delete an address
    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 January—this will save you some time during the renewal process.
  2. Questions
    The entire process should not take more than 20 minutes.

    Most questions remain the same on the 2017 Annual Licence Renewal Form, with the addition of a few new questions regarding the following topics:
  • Practising outside of BC ­– consent to share information with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
  • Procedures and use of medical equipment in the practice
  1. Certification/declaration
    At the end of the questions and prior to submitting the online form, you will be asked to certify that the information provided is truthful, accurate and complete. The College expects you to complete your 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.
  2. Submit form and payment
    Your 2017 renewal fee of $1,670 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.
  1. 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 licence renewal will be sent to registrants via email in December.