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Restricted Licence

The restricted licence is typically issued to physicians who meet the criteria for a full licence and have conditions and restrictions on their practice imposed by the College. This may happen during an investigation process, review by the Registration Committee, or at the discretion of the Registrar.

There are additional restricted licence types available to those with the appropriate qualification:

The College previously had a licence type called Restricted licence – Special Case for physicians coming to Nova Scotia for a short period of time to teach, learn, or for short-term patient follow-up. This licence type is no longer available.

Please contact to determine the appropriate licence type for you. In most cases, this will be a Temporary licence (locum licence)

For information about restricted licence application call 1-877-282-7767 or 902-422-5823 or
email us:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need an account with standardizes and streamlines the application process for medical registration in Canada.

  • Applying to multiple jurisdictions will be easier. All Canadian medical regulatory authorities require all new candidates for independent practice registration to have a account. This includes Canadian medical residents, practising physicians relocating within Canada, and candidates from outside the country.
  • Your medical credentials and Medical Council of Canada (MCC) exam results will be permanently stored in
  • If you obtained any of your medical credentials outside Canada, you will need to request source verification of those credentials through
  • With your consent, regulatory authorities and other medical organizations will be able to see your credentials and exam results through the portal.

How long will it take?

Give yourself plenty of time to complete your licence application. It is difficult to predict how long it will take as it depends on how long it takes for you to gather the necessary documentation. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to collect and send us all the documents we need.

Once we have received all the documents and information we need, it usually takes several days to issue you a licence.

You may begin to practise once you have been granted a licence, not before.