Honesty goes a long way in patient-doctor relationships. Not only does this honesty apply to when patients are talking about their health; it also applies to the name doctors use to practice medicine. Doctors must be aware that they are legally required to obtain a Fictitious Name Permit (FNP) if they want to use a name other than what is on their license. The Fictitious Name Permit allows the doctor to practice medicine under a different name.
Fictitious Name Permits (FNP’s) are required for those physicians, surgeons, and podiatrists who wish to practice medicine under a name that is different than that listed on the medical license. Note that the FNP address must be in California.