Key Information Regarding California GME Licensing Requirements

Changes effective January 1, 2020

  • A Postgraduate Training License (PTL) will be required for ALL RESIDENTS participating in a California ACGME program for the first 36 months of any ACGME training
    • A trainee must obtain a PTL within 180 days after enrollment in the program
    • After the first 36 months of any ACGME training Residents/Fellows MUST obtain a full and unrestricted California medical license
    • The PTL will be valid until 90 days after completion of the first 36 months of any ACGME training (to allow an applicant time to obtain a full and unrestricted license)
      * A PTAL will no longer be required for International Medical Graduates (IMG)
  • All residents and fellows are REQUIRED to have a full and unrestricted California Medical License after they complete 36 months of any ACGME (or RCPSC, CFPC) program training
  • California Licensure Requirements:
    • 36 months of ACGME training (ACGME-International Training is not applicable)
    • At least 24 consecutive months of ACGME training
      • in the same ACGME program
      • within the first 36 months of training

* If a candidate does not meet this criterion, they may not train in California beyond 36 total months under any circumstances
* ACGME-International Training is not applicable for a California Medical License

  • Applicants may (should) submit the PTL application and supporting documents soon as they have confirmation of acceptance into the ACGME program

For additional information please see the California Medical Board website.