California Occupational License

License Title:
    Physician Assistant
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Consumer Affairs
     Physician Assistant Board

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1100
Sacramento,  CA  95815

     Phone Number: (916) 561-8780
     Fax Number: (916) 263-2671

     E-mail Address:
     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
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).
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Physician Assistants 291071