In years past it could be a difficult and time-consuming process to find out if a particular doctor had a valid license to practice medicine. With the Internet, however, the process has become far easier and can be undertaken by almost any person at any time. With very limited information, in fact, most states will allow you to find out whether your doctor has a suspended license via a simple online search.
Things You'll Need
- Internet access
- Phone (in some cases)
Go to your state's department of health website. Every state has a Department of Health and all of them have websites you can visit. To find your particular state's department of health website, follow the link found at the end of this article.
Browse the website for a license look-up feature. The vast majority of states' health department websites have a feature that lets you look up doctors and check on their license status, including whether their license has been suspended. If you can't find such a feature on your website, you'll need to contact your state department of health by phone to inquire further. This isn't necessary in most instances.
In the license look-up feature, enter any information you have about your doctor. In most cases a last name will be sufficient, but it's even better if you can provide details such as the first name, county of practice and any other relevant information that will help to narrow the search parameters.
Verify that all of the information is correct before searching. Double-check to make sure that you spelled everything correctly and that everything is in order before commencing the search.
Sift through the results that are returned by your state department of health and check to make sure that your doctor is properly licensed and that his or her license has not been suspended.