Melodramatic? Probably, but if your licensing board sends you a citation/complaint/notice of investigation (or the like in your jurisdiction), you better know what you need to do to protect your license. Because, if your license is revoked, you may not be able to obtain another license in any profession in any jurisdiction. So, here are some basic tips that you should know (I am not going to go into specifics. You need to check your laws and codes in your jurisdiction for specific guidance):
1. Don’t ignore the Notice you receive from your licensing board – Very rarely (never in my 26 years of practice), does a matter just go away on its own;
2. Know the timeframe for which you need to respond – Many jurisdictions have a specific time frame in which you MUST provide a response/request a hearing;
3. Respond in writing – This relates to number 1 and 2 above. You can call, but you should follow up with an e-mail or preferably letter (return receipt requested);
4. Review and organize your records – Depending on what the Board’s issue is with you, you need to ensure that you have good records to support your position; and
5. If you need legal counsel to help you – Find an attorney in your area (preferably one with an administrative law background).
These are just broad tips to help you if, and I mean if, you receive Notice from your licensing board. Thank you.