Medical Direction

Physician Wallet Cards

The physician wallet card is an essential element in the credential review process during response to local, state, national, and federal emergencies and disasters, public sites where lifesaving medications and/or equipment are available, and in scenarios where Good Samaritan laws do not apply. The confirmation of responder credentials, including those of physicians, is well-established in the routine and emergent standard operating procedures of emergency response agencies. The possession of a wallet card becomes especially critical when communication networks are disrupted or unavailable.

The State Medical Board of Ohio has transitioned to electronic verification of physician licensure and has discontinued the issuance of wallet cards at the time of initial licensure or renewal on September 29, 2015. Effective June 20, 2017, physicians who obtain initial or renewal of Ohio licensure will receive an auto-generated licensure email that will include an image of a replica wallet card. Licensees will have the ability to print this electronic confirmation of licensure including the wallet card.

Physicians who are tasked to emergent or disaster response, or those who wish to be eligible to do so, are strongly advised to possess a current physician wallet card. The wallet card should be retained in the physician’s possession at all times along with a government-issued form of photo identification.

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