FAQ - MD Licensing

Question: How do I become licensed in Kansas?

Answer: To begin the process you may apply online, download the paper application (MD Application - non-fillable) or request an application be mailed by completing the request form. You will be asked to complete the application, and collect information. You will mail in your application form, documentation, a $300 application fee, a $4.75 NPDB Report and a $50 background check fee. You will be assigned an application analyst that will track your documents as they arrive in our office. After all of the paper work has been received, your file will be sent to review. This review might result in a request for additional information or clarification of provided information. Once the necessary materials have been received, reviewed, and the application is deemed complete, staff may approve your application for licensure or the Board will act upon your application at their next regular meeting. The Board meets in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December. Following approval of the application, you will be notified in writing of your permanent license number.

Question: Does Kansas Require a Criminal Background Check?

Answer: Yes, effective January 1, 2009, a criminal background check conducted by the KBI and FBI are required on all initial applications and reinstatement applications. To obtain a criminal background check all applicants will be required to submit fingerprints in an approved manner and a $50.00 fee to the Board. Fingerprinting should be conducted by a person who is appropriately trained to collect fingerprints. Your local law enforcement agency should be willing to assist you with completing the fingerprints. Some enforcement agencies offer electronic scanning (Livescan). A list of Livescan agencies is available on our website. Have at least one form of picture identification for the law enforcement agency to examine. Agencies may have an additional fee for gathering fingerprints. To obtain a fingerprint card please call 785 296-7413 to have one mailed.

Question: How can I pay my fees?

Answer: We accept checks, money orders, Debit, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. To charge to your debit or credit card, please use the authorization form.

Question: How long does the application process take?

Answer: It is important for you to understand that the process takes an average of 4 to 8 weeks. Information is not only coming from you but also various organization and other sources that require time to process your request and provide the needed verifications.

Question: When does my license expire?

Answer: All Medical doctors' (MD) licenses expire on June 30; the license must be renewed each year.

Question: When do I renew my License?

Answer: The renewal period begins May 15 and ends July 30.

Question: How do I renew my license?

Answer: You may renew online, download a paper renewal form here (or on our website Licensing forms page), (MD Renewal - fillable) or (MD Renewal - non-fillable), or contact our office to have a renewal form mailed to you, download a paper renewal form from our website or contact our office to have a renewal form mailed to you. These forms/links will be available annually beginning May 15th-June 30th (and July 1st through July 31st for late renewals) of each year.

Question: How do I renew online?

Answer: To renew online you will need to have available your Kansas Board of Healing Arts license number, birth date, last 4 numbers of your social security number, license number of all health care professionals you supervise or that supervise you (if required), continuing education CEU hours (if required), proof of malpractice insurance coverage (if required) and payment information. Follow this link to ourrenewal site. These links/forms will be available annually beginning May 15th-June 30th (and July 1st through July 31st for late renewals) of each year.

Question: What are the renewal fees?

Answer: Active: $330; Federal Active: $330; Exempt: $150; Inactive: $150

Question: I did not renew by the deadline of June 30th, what do I do now?

Answer: We will accept online and paper renewals till July 31. The fee for renewing late increases to Active: $350; Federal Active $350; Exempt: $175; Inactive: $175.

Question: I did not renew by July 31st, now what?

Answer: Your license will be cancelled on August 1. Once your license has been cancelled you may not practice in Kansas until the Board reinstates the license. Practicing after your license has been cancelled is unlawful and will subject you to disciplinary action.

Question: My Kansas license is cancelled, how do I reinstate my license?

Answer: To begin the process you will download a reinstatement (MD Reinstate - fillable) or (MD Reinstate - non-fillable). You will be asked to complete forms and collect information. You will mail in your application form, documentation, a $400 application fee, and a $50 background check fee, and submit $4.75 for a NPDB Report. You will be assigned an application analyst that will track your documents as they arrive in our office. After all of your paper work has been received, your file will be sent to review. This review might result in a request for additional information or clarification of provided information. Once the necessary materials have been received, reviewed, and the application is deemed complete, staff may approve your application for licensure or the Board will act upon your application at their next regular meeting. The Board meets in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December. Following approval of the application, you will be notified in writing.

Question: How much and what type of CME is required?

Answer: One-year update: 50 hours with a minimum of 20 hours of Category I and a maximum of 30 hours of Category II, Two-year update: 100 hours with minimum of 40 hours Category I and a maximum of 60 hours of Category II, Three-year update: 150 hours with a minimum of 60 hours Category I and a maximum of 90 hours of Category II.

  • Category I continuing education shall mean a continuing education activity that is presented by a person qualified by practical or academic experience, using any of the following methods: lecture, panel discussion, workshop, seminar, symposium, or any other structured, interactive, and formal learning method that the board deems to meet the requirements of subsection. "100-15-4".
  • Category II continuing education shall mean attendance at a lecture, panel discussion, workshop, seminar, symposium, college course, professional publication, in-service training, or professional activity that the board determines does not meet the requirements of category I, but that is in a health-related field indirectly related to healing arts skill and knowledge. Category II continuing education shall include the following: Clinical consultations with other healing arts practitioners that contribute to a practitioner’s education, participation in activities to review the quality of patient care, instructing healing arts and other health care practitioners, patient-centered discussions with other health care practitioners, participating in journal clubs, using searchable electronic databases in connection with patient care activities; and using self-instructional materials. "100-15-4".

Question: Am I required to have professional liability insurance (malpractice insurance)?

Answer: If you have an active status license in Kansas, you are required to obtain and maintain professional liability insurance of not less than $200,000 per occurrence (per claim) subject to not less than $600,000 annual aggregate for all claims made during the policy period and to participate in the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund. "K.S.A. 40-3402".

Question: I have recently moved, how do I change my address?

Answer: Please download and complete the address change form and fax or mail to our office.

Question: I have recently changed my name. How do I have this corrected?

Answer: Please download and complete the change of name form to correct the name. To obtain a certificate in your new name download and complete the request for additional certificates form along with a fee of $15. Please fax or mail in the completed forms to our office along with your payment.

Question: What are the various license types?

Answer:

  • Active: A license issued to a person engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, chiropractic or podiatry. Individuals must maintain and submit evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education and are required to have professional liability insurance in compliance with Kansas law. Each active license may be renewed annually.
  • Exempt: A license issued to a person who is not regularly engaged in the practice of the healing arts or podiatry in Kansas and who does not hold oneself out to the public as being professionally engaged in such practice. Each exempt license may be renewed annually. The holder of an exempt license is entitled to all the privileges of their branch of the healing arts and (1) may serve as a coroner or as a paid employee of a local health department as defined by K.S.A. 65-241; or (2) practice as a charitable health care provider for an indigent health care clinic as defined by K.S.A.75-6102. Additionally, the holder of an exempt license may perform administrative functions. The holder of an exempt license shall not be required to submit evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education nor are they required to have basic coverage or self-insurance in effect.
  • Inactive: A license issued to a person who is not regularly engaged in the practice of the healing arts in Kansas and who does not hold oneself out to the public as being professionally engaged in such practice. An inactive license shall not entitle the holder to practice the healing arts in this state. Each inactive license may be renewed annually. The holder of an inactive license shall not be required to submit evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education and is not required to have basic coverage or self-insurance in effect solely because such person is no longer engaged in rendering professional service as a health care provider.
  • Military Active: A license issued to a person who is in the military service (active duty in the army national guard, coast guard or any branch of the military reserves of the United States) and for six months following release there from. No licensee shall be required to pay a renewal fee, submit a renewal application, obtain continuing education or meet other conditions to maintain a license while such licensee is in the military service. No license of any licensee shall expire, lapse or be canceled, revoked or suspended because of the failure to timely renew such license, including the failure to meet any conditions prerequisite to renewal, during the period of military service. A licensee who desires to engage in or practice an occupation or profession in this state after release from military service shall submit, within 6 months after such release, but not later than 2 weeks after engaging in or practicing such occupation or profession in this state after such release, the renewal fee required by law for the current license period with a completed renewal application. A licensee who submits the renewal fee and completed renewal application in accordance with this section shall not be charged any late payment fees or penalties. The license of a licensee who fails to renew the license may be canceled, revoked or suspended in accordance with the applicable law. A licensee who is required by law to obtain continuing education as a condition prerequisite to renewal of a license shall be given a one-year period of time for fulfillment of such continuing education requirement, such period of time to commence on the date the licensee submits the renewal fee and completed renewal application.
  • Federal Active: A license issued to only a person who meets all the requirements for a license to practice the healing arts in Kansas and who practiced that branch of the healing arts solely in the course of employment or active duty in the United States government or any of its departments, bureaus or agencies or who, in addition to such employment or assignment, provides professional services as a charitable health care provider as defined under K.S.A. 75-6102. Continuing education, expiration and renewal of a license shall be applicable to a federally active license. A person who practices under a federally active license shall not be deemed to be rendering professional service as a health care provider in this state and is not required to have policy of professional liability coverage in effect.

Question: How do I change my license type?

Answer: If you are requesting to change your license type during the renewal period you may complete the type change section on the paper renewal. If you wish to change your license type outside of the renewal period please complete designation/type change form. Return the form by mail and enclose your current wallet card. Documentation of CEU, professional liability insurance and additional fees may be required depending on the license type.