Active Membership

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Active Member Benefits

Save time and money, connect with your colleagues, and give your specialty a voice. 

  • CME reporting tool
  • Practice enhancement resources
  • Discounts on CME, including self-study, live courses, and quizzes
  • Access to AAFP journals, including American Family Physician
  • AAFP staff to answer questions about billing, coding, payment, and more
  • AAFP Connection, a members-only online community
  • Representation at the local, state, and national level

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Term of Membership

Three years

National AAFP Dues

$415.00 annual dues (January 1 through December 31).

Chapter/Local Dues

Vary by Chapter


Physicians elected to active membership after December 31, 1988, must be three-year, ACGME FP-residency trained, or: 

  • Have completed either an AOA-approved one-year rotating general or FP internship plus two years of an AOA-approved general or FP residency, or an AOA-approved three-year general or FP residency 
  • Have completed an FP residency program approved by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and subsequently board certified by the CFPC and practice exclusively within the United States 
  • Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) through Reciprocity Agreements between the ABFM and Foreign Colleges of Family Medicine or General Practice 
  • Have held Active membership prior to or as of December 31, 1988. 

Additionally, applicants must be duly licensed and meet CME requirements for entry into the active category.


  • May have floor at Assembly, vote, and hold office. 

Application Requirements

If applicant has not held Active membership within the last two years, CME credits are not required. If the applicant has held Active membership within the last two years, the applicant must provide evidence of 100 approved CME credits completed during the two years immediately preceding application.

Definition of "Approved CME"

In interpreting the "postgraduate study of a nature acceptable to the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development," the general rule is that all AAFP-approved courses are acceptable. Contact with the individual's constituent (state) chapter is recommended to determine whether an applicant's hours are acceptable for membership, re-election, or transfer to another membership classification.

Continuing Study Requirements

Active members with a CME requirement must accrue and report, within each re-election term, a minimum of 150 credits of approved CME of which at least 75 credits must be AAFP prescribed credit and 25 credits must be live activities. 

General Membership Information

  • Applications are approved at the constituent chapter level, subject to AAFP Bylaws. 
  • National headquarters completes enrollment. Transfers from one classification to another must be approved by the constituent chapter.
  • If all membership requirements are met, membership is continued on an annual basis, unless notification is received from the member. 

Chapter Membership

AAFP membership is unified, which means that members are required to belong to the national AAFP and to their appropriate chapter. The AAFP has a chapter for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Uniformed Services, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Members are also required to belong to a local chapter, if one exists in their area.

Chapter membership makes it convenient for AAFP members to access relevant information and focused resources right where they live and work. Chapters offer local and regional opportunities to network, mentor, volunteer, take a leadership role, and get involved in the AAFP.

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