Source: State Medical Board of Ohio
House Bill 404 of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly, provisions of which relate to extension of deadlines for State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) licensees was signed by Governor DeWine on November 23, 2020. The provisions related to the extension of the COVID-19 emergency were effective immediately.
SMBO licensees who have licenses set to expire during the period of emergency (March 9, 2020 – April 1, 2021) now have until July 1, 2021 to renew their license. SMBO hearings and meetings can continue to be conducted electronically. The SMBO must provide at least 24 hours advance notice of a meeting to the public, media who have requested advance notice, and any parties required to be notified.
Despite this renewal extension, all affected licensees are still able to renew at their regularly scheduled deadline. A couple benefits to doing so are: There is no risk of forgetting to do so later resulting in an expired license and having to pay an additional late renewal fee.
Staying on the same renewal cycle timeline you are used to. Whether you renew now or at a later date, your next license renewal date will not change. For example, if your license was due to expire on January 1, 2021, your next renewal date will be on Sunday, January 1, 2023, regardless of when you renew during this extension period.
You may check the expiration date of your license at eLicense.ohio.gov. Please feel free to email License@med.ohio.gov if you have any questions or need any assistance during the renewal process.