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Doctors - License Verification, Certification, and Complaints

To Verify a Physician's License:

The Medical Board of California can provide information about whether a physician has had disciplinary action taken against them, whether their license is valid, and if they have been convicted of a felony. Use the Physician License Lookup tool or call them at (916)263-2382.

To verify the license of a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Educational Psychologist or other professional licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, use the License Verification tool. You may search by name, license number and/or location.

To Verify Physician Board Certification:

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) maintains a toll-free number (1-866-ASK-ABMS) for consumers to verify which doctors in a local area meet advanced, ABMS "board certification" standards and in which specialties. There is also an online Certification Verification tool which requires registration with the ABMS website.

To File a Complaint Against a Physician or Health Care Provider:

The Medical Board of California is responsible for investigating complaints and disciplining physicians who violate the law. California's Central Complaint Unit can be reached at 1-800-633-2322. Staff will provide information about filing your complaint and send a complaint form. The complaint form and mailing instructions are also available on the Medical Board's website.

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  • Medical Board of California Website
    The Medical Board of California is the State agency that licenses medical doctors, investigates complaints, disciplines those who violate the law, conducts physician evaluations, and facilitates rehabilitation where appropriate.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
    The BBS is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT); Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW); Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP); MFT Interns; and Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW) in the State of California.
  • American Board of Medical Specialties
    The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is a not-for-profit organization that assists 24 approved medical specialty boards in the development and use of standards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians.

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Last updated by cowend on Dec. 14, 2009


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