2021 annual licence renewal begins January 1

Annual licence renewal begins January 1, 2021. Here is what registrants need to know in order to be prepared, including information on new questions related to telemedicine.

Important dates

January 1, 2021: start of annual licence renewal season
February 1, 2021: deadline to complete the Annual Licence Renewal Form and payment of fees
March 1, 2021: penalties applied for late licence renewal or late payment of fees
April 1, 2021: suspension for non-renewal of licensure or non-payment of fees

Retiring or resigning before February 28, 2021

Registrants planning on retiring or resigning can submit a resignation form before February 28, 2021 to be exempt from the 2021 annual renewal process. Further details about retirement/resignation options can be found here.

New questions for 2021

Telemedicine and virtual care

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the provision of medical care through telemedicine and virtual care. Telemedicine and virtual care are complementary to in-person care. To gain insight into telemedicine and virtual care and to determine whether updates may be needed to its standards, the College is asking registrants whether they have provided patient care via telemedicine and/or virtually since their last declaration. If yes, registrants will be asked:

  • The approximate percentage of their practice time spent providing care in person, via telephone, and via video conference.
  • Whether they provide follow-up care in person.
  • Whether they provide telemedicine or virtual care for patients outside of BC.
    • If yes, whether they provide this care with a licence issued by a jurisdiction other than BC. Note: If yes, registrants must provide a certificate of professional conduct from the other jurisdiction(s).

Registrant of other regulated profession

Registrants will be asked if they are currently registrants of another regulated profession in the province of BC or in any other jurisdiction. If yes, registrants must provide a certificate of professional conduct from all other regulatory bodies they are registered with. This is to ensure that the College is aware of and can follow up on any relevant regulatory matters.   

Prepare documents

  • BC driver’s licence (for verifying a registrant’s identity for the criminal record check)
  • Method of payment (credit or debit card)
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) cycle date
    • Note: This does not apply to podiatric surgeons
  • Health authority letter of reappointment (for verifying hospital privileges)
  • Certificate(s) of professional conduct
    • If a registrant has worked in another jurisdiction in the past 12 months and does not have out of province status, or if a registrant has signed undertakings to waive the requirements in accordance with section 25.3 of the Health Professions Act, certificate(s) of professional conduct must be sent directly from the appropriate regulatory body(ies) to the College.

Review contact information

Review and update contact information before January—this will help save time during the renewal process. If there is a change in a registrant’s address information throughout the year, they must make the update within 14 days of the effective date of the change.

Schedule time to complete the form

It takes approximately 30 minutes to answer the entire form. As the information collected on the Annual Licence Renewal Form is personal and provides details of a registrant’s practice, registrants will be asked to attest that they have completed the form themselves. Medical office assistants or other staff, partners or colleagues are not permitted to complete the form on a registrant’s behalf.

Use a computer—the form cannot be completed on a tablet or mobile device

The licence renewal process is best experienced using a PC or Mac. Mobile devices, smart phones, tablets and iPads are not supported. See the College website for the full technical requirements.

Renewal fee

The 2021 renewal fee of C$1,715 can be paid in one of three ways online:

  • by credit card
  • by debit credit card
  • by Interac® Online

More details on annual licence renewal can be found here.