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How do I reactivate a license that is non-renewed or inactive (non-disciplinary status)?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Adrienne J. Hersh, JD
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Q.:  How do I reactivate a license that is non-renewed or inactive (non-disciplinary status)?


A.:  Non-disciplined licenses that are not in active status are either non-renewed or inactive.  The same steps are required when applying to reinstate either a non-renewed or inactive license; the only difference is that the fees to reinstate a non-renewed licensed are higher than the fees to reinstate an inactive license.


To reinstate, a licensee must file an application with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and provide:

  • Proof of fitness to practice,
  • Proof of continuing education requirements for one renewal period (CME certificates) – 60 hours formal (Cat. I) and 90 hours informal (Cat. II)
  • Completion of physician profile on IDFPR website
  • Payment of the required reinstatement fee

If the licensee has not actively practiced in another jurisdiction for three years or more, the IDFPR Medical Licensing Board may require additional education, training or an examination (unless the lapse occurred due to military service).


Application information:  If your license has been inactive or in non-renewed status for less than three years, the IDFPR’s instructions state that “you should contact the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at 1-800- 560-6420 for detailed instructions on how to restore it to active status.”  When you call the IDFPR, they will send you a renewal application and advise you as to the required fees.


For reinstatement applicants whose licenses have been non-renewed or inactive for three years or more, you must file the application found here:   The application will require you to provide the usual reinstatement information (proof of CME and physician profile), plus detailed information about your activities during the period of nonrenewal or inactive status, including additional education, training or examinations.  For a detailed description of the reinstatement process, including fees, see the ICS website at:



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