Physicians applying for registration and licensure in the full class may be granted a monthly locum licence or an annual locum licence if they intend to practise medicine in BC temporarily.
Types of registration
Physicians applying for a full – family or full – specialty class licence may be granted licensure as a monthly locum or an annual locum.
Independently practising physicians eligible for a monthly locum licence may complete a locum tenens of up to three months in the province.
Physicians maintaining a permanent practice outside of BC but who wish to travel to the province to complete at least three locum tenens of up to three months each per year may be eligible for an annual locum licence.
Full class registration and licensure
Applicants must be eligible for registration and licensure in the full class of registration before they are eligible for a monthly or annual locum licence.
Annual locum licence – physicians must maintain a permanent practice outside of BC but wish to travel to the province to complete at least three locum tenens of up to three months each per year in order to be eligible.
Maintaining the licence
Physicians currently licensed as a monthly locum wishing to extend their licence or transfer to an annual locum or a full unrestricted licence should email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the expiration of their current licence.
Ongoing registration and licensure in the full class as an annual locum is maintained by
- satisfactory completion of the annual licence renewal form,
- online payment of the annual licence renewal fee as detailed in Schedule A of the College Bylaws,
- payment of any other outstanding fine, fee, penalty fee, debt, levy or costs owed to the College,
- on-going compliance with continuing competency requirements,
- on-going professional liability coverage or protection, and
- provision of certificates of professional conduct, where applicable.
The annual licence renewal process is accessed through the registrant portal. Registrants will be notified by email of the licence renewal process in late December or early January each year.
Penalties and fines
Registrants must complete the annual licensure process by March 1 to avoid a $500 penalty. The penalty increases by $100 increments each month until the process is completed.
Failure to complete the annual licensure process will also result in the suspension of a registrant’s licence on April 1. The licence will be reinstated when the annual licence renewal form is completed to the satisfaction of the College, and online payment of all outstanding fees and penalties are made.
Renew the licence by March 1 each year
Registrants cannot practise medicine, prescribe or charge for services rendered without being registered with the College.
For more information about the requirements for registration and licensure, refer to:
- section 20 of the Health Professions Act
- section 2 of the College Bylaws
- College policies