Filling out the Certification of Your Serious Health Condition form

The following provides step-by-step instructions to complete the PFML form for patients who are applying for medical leave for their own serious health condition. The screenshots provided below may not match if you are using an older version of the form. DFML periodically updates the form to improve its usability; however, past versions of the form will be accepted.
A PDF version of this page is available starting on Page 8 of the Health Care Provider toolkit.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Employee applying for paid medical leave

The employee, your patient, who is applying for paid leave, is responsible for completing Section 1 of the Certification of your Serious Health Condition form.

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Section 2: Patient's serious health condition

You, as the health care provider, should complete Section 2 through Section 5.

In Section 2, confirm that your patient has a serious health condition and what criteria apply.

  • Detail your patient's serious health condition, including medical visits, regimen of care, and any other pertinent details.
  • Let us know at least one essential job function the patient is unable to perform due to their condition, such as the  inability to make a decision or perform manual labor.
  • Confirm if the condition is job-related or related to pregnancy or recovery from childbirth.
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Section 3: Estimate leave details

Provide your best estimate on what type of leave schedule will be needed: continuous, reduced, intermittent, or a combination of the three.

  • Continuous leave: Full-time leave taken without interruptions
  • Reduced leave: Consistent schedule that is less than an employee's regular work schedule
  • Intermittent leave: Leave taken in multiple episodes of time off, which may be irregular or unexpected
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Section 4: Provider's certification and information

Provide information on your certification, and area of practice or medical specialty.

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Review the form and make sure you sign it before returning it to your patient.

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Last updated: November 18, 2022

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