One certificate confirming certification, recertification or CAQ status is forwarded to the diplomat at no charge within four months of the notice from the AOA awarding certification by the AOA’s Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists.  Family practice certification certificates issued prior to March 1997 are not time-dated. Certificates dated March 1997 and thereafter expire eight years from the issuance date.

CAQ certificates in addiction medicine and sports medicine are time-limited for ten years. The CAQ certificate in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the CAQ certificate in Geriatric Medicine is time-dated for ten years if issued after December 31, 1995.

Effective January 1, 2012, all issued primary certification and recertification certificates will read certified or recertified ‘in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment’. The prior wording indicated ‘family practice and osteopathic manipulative treatment’.

Reissued original certificates may be ordered directly with the AOBFP at a fee of $50.00. Send an email request which must include your name as you want it to read on your certificate, your AOA number, and your mailing address to You will be contacted with confirmation of receipt of your request, as well as instructions on how to pay with a credit card.  Processing time is typically ten weeks.

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