Information for the License:

Physician Assistant

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Physician Assistant Board
Division Name:
Telephone:  (916) 561-8780
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

Fees:  Application: $25
       Initial License: $200
       Renewal: $300 (biennial)
Effective with the April 2014 license renewals, licensees are assessed $6 ANNUALLY ($12 per renewal cycle) which is collected at the time of renewal of the license to cover the operation and maintenance of the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 208 (SB809 – DeSaulnier, Chapter 400, Statutes of 2013).

Examination: See Comments.

Examination Frequency:  Ongoing.

Exam Locations: See Comments.

Experience Requirement: Graduation from an approved physician assistant training program.

Average Time to Process Application: Variable, but approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

Renewal Period: Biennially (every second year).

Special License Requirements: N/A

Comments: The required licensing examination is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  Information about the examination may be obtained from:

NCCPA; 12000 Findley Road, Suite 200; Duluth, GA 30097-1409; (678) 417-8100;

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Chapter 7.7, Sections 3500-3546 (Physician Assistant Practice Act).