All registrants of the College must complete a comprehensive questionnaire about their practice and pay a renewal fee at the end of February each year. Registrants who neglect to complete the process by the deadline are subject to penalties and may have their registration suspended. Physicians cannot practise medicine, prescribe or charge for services rendered without being registered with the College.
The annual licence renewal process is conducted online through the College website. Notification of the the licence renewal process is provided by email to all registrants in late December and early January each year.
Renewal fees and penalties
The annual licence renewal fee for 2020 is C$1,715.
Late payments received on or after March 1 are subject to a $500 penalty. For each unpaid month thereafter, the penalty increases by $100 increments. A registrant's licence will be suspended on April 1 and will not be reinstated unless the following are met:
- fees are paid in full
- penalty is paid in full
- Annual Licence Renewal Form is completed in full
For more information regarding registration fees, please refer to Schedule A of the Bylaws.
Important dates to note
|January 1||Start of annual licence renewal season|
|February 1||Deadline to complete the Annual Licence Renewal Form and payment of fees|
|March 1||Penalties applied for late licence renewal or late payment of fees|
|April 1||Suspension for non-renewal of licensure or non-payment of fees|
Annual Licence Renewal Form
The licence renewal process is best experienced using a PC or Mac. Mobile devices, smart phones, tablets and iPads are not supported.
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Internet Explorer 11 or better
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PC: Windows 8 or better
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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or better
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Publishable address requirement
Registrants are required by statute to provide their current contact information to the College, including their professional mailing address(es), and telephone/fax number(s). Registrants must provide one publishable business address to be displayed to the public in the physician directory. This is for contact and publication purposes. Changes to a registrant’s address information throughout the year must be updated within 14 days of the effective date of the change.
Note: If only one address is provided and that address is a home address, it will be published on the physician directory. Ensure necessary precautions are made by adding a publishable business address as the primary address—this could be a PO box address.
For completion of the annual licence renewal process, registrants must also provide a current, unique email address. To ensure that important notifications do not end up in the spam or junk email folder, please add the College to the safe senders list.
Note: The College does not publish nor does it provide registrants' email addresses to outside agencies. Only confirmation notifications, reminders and College-related communique are sent electronically. 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.
For security reasons, the form is set to timeout after one (1) hour of inactivity. If timed out, the registrant is required to log in again and re-enter unsaved answers.
To save answers and continue later, answer all the questions in that section. Click Continue at the end of the section to save the entered data.
The College expects the registrant to complete the Annual Licence Renewal Form personally. It is not acceptable for registrants to ask a medical office assistant, spouse or partner to complete the form on their behalf.
Accepted payment methods are:
- Credit Card
- American Express
- Debit Credit Card
- BMO Debit Mastercard
- CIBC Visa Debit
- RBC Visa Debit
- Scotiabank Visa Debit
- Servus Credit Union Debit Mastercard
- TD Canada Trust Visa Debit
- Interac® Online
- TD Canada Trust
Receipts are ready within two (2) to five (5) business days after completion of the entire licence renewal process. To access the receipts, log in, click the Financial tab under My Account.
Verification of registration with the College
The physician directory allows individuals to verify whether a registrant is currently registered and licensed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. The data contained in the physician directory is dynamic, pushed in real time from the College register. It is the most up-to-date and accurate depiction of a physician's registration information.
There are two methods in which a registration status can be viewed:
- Logged in (registrant) view – a College username and password is required.
- Log in to the College website.
- Once logged in, click View My Profile.
- Under Public Profile, the registration information is displayed in the format that is displayed in the physician directory. The registration status is listed under each of the tabs (Main, Education, Regulatory Actions).
- Physician directory search – username and password not required; accessible by public.
- Go to the College website, click Physician Directory.
- Search for the physician's profile by entering the first name and last name.
- The registration status is listed in the physician directory profile, under each of the tabs (Main, Education, Regulatory Actions).
If a health authority requires confirmation of an active licence, please contact the College directly for relevant licence information that is not available on the website. Any confidential information related to the licence will require the physician's consent and completion of the Request for Certificate of Professional Conduct form.