Apply for a Licence

physician applying for medical licence

Applying for a Licence? Follow these steps:

  • Determine if you meet the College's requirements for a licence.
  • Visit physiciansapply.ca where you will need to create an account if you do not already have one. For more information visit Frequently Asked Questions about physiciansapply.ca
  • Complete the Application for Medical Registration (AMR) in physiciansapply.ca. There is a non-refundable fee for this process.
  • Provide all required information where applicable, including all postgraduate training, practice history and licences held. Not providing this information could slow the application process down.
  • The College will review your application and provide you with a list of documentation required to complete your file. When all required documentation has been received, your file will be reviewed by the College’s Registrar for a final decision.
  • If your application is approved, you will be issued a licence that permits you to practise medicine in Nova Scotia. If your application is not approved, the College will provide you with a reason(s) for the denial.
  • Please note, there are new supervision requirements for physicians holding a defined licence.

Application timeline

Completing an application takes time for such reasons as:

  • Obtaining documents from third parties. Third party documents can include: reference letters, criminal record checks and Certificates of Professional Conduct.
  • Completing an assessment. 
  • English language testing. 

Once all required documentation has been received by the College licences are typically granted within several days.  A physician can begin their practice only when they have received confirmation from the College that a licence has been granted.