Renew your physician assistant license

You can renew your Physician Assistant license online.
Renew your license every odd year, by March 1st. If your renewal is received beyond the license expiration date, you will have to pay a late fee, listed below.

Board of Registration of Physician Assistants

The Details   of Renew your physician assistant license

What you need   for Renew your physician assistant license

To renew your physician assistant license, you must attest, under penalty of perjury, to comply with:

  • Good Moral Character, as defined in in 263 CMR 3.02(1)(b)
  • Board laws and regulations, as defined in 263 CMR 3.05 including completion of 100 contact hours with a minimum of 40 in Category 1 of continuing education for the current registration period.
  • Prescriber training requirements according to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 94C, Section18 that requires physician assistants  to obtain continuing medical education (CME) in particular subject matters as a condition of licensure for those physician assistants who prescribe controlled substances. Physician assistants must complete CMEs in the following topics:
    1. Effective pain management
    2. The risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medication
    3. Identification of patients at risk for substance use disorders
    4. Counseling patients about the side effects, addictive nature and proper storage and disposal of prescription medications
    5. Appropriate prescription quantities for prescription medications that have an increased risk of abuse
    6. Opioid antagonists, overdose prevention treatments and instances in which a patient may be advised on both the use of and ways to access opioid antagonists and overdose prevention treatments.
      See: Mandatory CME - Pharmacology (DOC)
  • Acts of 2014, Chapter 260, An Act Relative to Domestic Violence, Section 9 that requires professionals receiving licensure to complete the mandatory training as set for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
    See: Domestic and Sexual Violence Integration Initiatives
  • Section 6401 of the Affordable Care Act and under state law that requires that, for MassHealth services that must be ordered, referred or prescribed, the provider who ordered, referred or prescribed the service must be enrolled with MassHealth in order for the claim for the service to be payable.
    See: The ACA Ordering, Referring, and Prescribing (ORP) Requirements for MassHealth Providers

When can I resume practicing? 

You cannot practice with an expired license.
Once your online renewal process is complete, it is immediately processed and is available for verification at Check a License.

The Check a License feature is the most accurate verification of your license and is available 24/7 for you or your employer.  See information on Primary Source Verification.

Fees   for Renew your physician assistant license

Name Fee Unit
Physician Assistant license renewal fee $150 per renewal
Late Fee $57 per license renewal (This fee is in addition to renewal fee if renewal is received beyond license expiration date)
Handling charge for returned checks $23 per check

How to renew   Renew your physician assistant license

Go to the Health Professions Licensing Portal  and create an account, or log into your existing account. If this is your first time using this new portal, please visit Health Professions Licensing System User Guide.

More info   for Renew your physician assistant license

For help in the online renewal process, call the Help Desk at (617) 973-0800.

Contact   for Renew your physician assistant license

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