Mocingbird's research team has verified and validated the most up-to-date CME requirements with the North Carolina Medical Board. Here is a quick summary of things you must know:

License Renewal Cycle Time for North Carolina

  • North Carolina state licenses for MDs and DOs must be renewed annually on the licensee’s birth date. 
  • The license renewal cycle and requirements are the same for MDs and DOs. 

Board Rule Checklist: North Carolina Medical Board (MD/DO)

  • Complete 60 hours of Category 1 CME 
    • Due date: Every 3 years 
  •  If you provide controlled substances to patients: Of the 60 hours total of CME, complete 3 hours of CME in controlled substance prescribing practices 
    • Due date: Every 3 years 

North Carolina State Specific Requirements

  • There is one state specific requirement: 
  1.  Controlled Substances CME: If you prescribe, order, supply, administer, or otherwise provide controlled substances to patients, you must complete 3 hours of CME in controlled substance prescribing practices. This is counted towards the 60 hour total requirement of CME. 
  • Additional information to note: Although state licenses are renewed every year, licensees must complete 60 hours of continuing medical education over a 3 year cycle. Excess CME credits earned in the 3 year cycle cannot be rolled over to the next cycle, they can only be used to fulfill the credits in that cycle. 


If you earn 80 CME credits in the 3 year cycle, that extra 20 cannot be rolled over into the next cycle. Only 60 will be counted for the 3 year cycle.

For more detailed information, please visit the North Carolina Medical Board website. 

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