Medical Board (of California)

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The California Department of Consumer Affairs, Medical Board of California, is responsible for the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons (MDs) and certain allied health practitioners including the following:

Registered dispensing opticians, special faculty permits, licensed midwives, and polysomnography technicians.

Osteopathic Physicians (DOs) are regulated by the Board of Osteopathic Examiners.

Complaint jurisdiction:

  • Negligence, incompetence, misrepresentation, or unlicensed practice
  • Excessive prescribing or administering of drugs or treatment
  • Furnishing drugs to addicts
  • Prescribing dangerous drugs without a prior medical examination
  • Attending a patient while intoxicated
  • Being convicted or involved with narcotics or drug violations or other substantially related crimes
  • Mental illness
  • Sexual misconduct with a patient

Complaints outside jurisdiction:

  • Ethical matters
  • Fee disputes (societies)
  • Hospital or nursing home problems (DHS – 916-552-8700)
  • Osteopathic physicians and surgeons (DOs) and chiropractors at 916-263-5355

Department of Consumer Affairs

Medical Board of California

2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200

Sacramento, CA 95815

Consumer Information Unit

License Verification, General Licensing, Application and Complaint Information

(916) 263-2944 Fax

1-800-633-2322 Toll-Free

(916) 263-2382 Phone

Central Complaint Unit

Active complaint

1-800-633-2322 Toll-Free

(916) 263-2380 Phone

(916) 263-2944 Fax

Midwifery Licensing Program

(916) 263-2393

(916) 263-2387 Fax

Registered Dispensing Optician Program

(916) 263-2634

(916) 263-2487