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Authorization for Release of Medical Information (California)

This form is authorization to release medical information in California. The form provided here is simply a sample of what the actual form looks like.


I hereby authorize _______________________________, M.D. to furnish medical information

concerning _______________________________ (patient) to

_______________________________ (name and address of person to receive records).

Any and all information may be released, including but not limited to mental health records protected by the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, drug and/or alcohol abuse records and/or HIV test results, if any, except as specifically provided below:



The information may be used only for the following purposes:*



This authorization is effective now and will remain in effect until _______________________________ (date).

I understand that I have the right to receive a copy of this authorization.

Signed: _______________________________

Dated: _______________________________

Print Name: _______________________________

If not signed by the patient, please indicate relationship:

[___] parent or guardian of minor patient (to the extent minor could not have consented to the care)

[___] guardian or conservator of an incompetent patient

[___] beneficiary or personal representative of deceased patient **

[___] spouse or person financially responsible (where information solely for purpose of processing application for dependant health care coverage)

*Signed: _______________________________
Treating Physician

Dated: _______________________________

* For the release of records (1) protected by the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS) or (2) containing HIV test results, a separate authorization is required for each separate disclosure. Further, the LPS Act often requires that both patient's treating physician and the patient sign the authorization form before information may be released.
** It is unclear whether the beneficiary or personal representative of a deceased patient can obtain and disclose certain records containing HIV test results.

© California Medical Association 1999
As a public service of the California Medical Association, reproduction of this document by individuals for personal use and not for commercial purposes is authorized as long as each copy clearly includes this copyright notice.

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