How Do I Get a Sick Note From a Doctor?

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How Do I Get a Sick Note From a Doctor?
A visit to your doctor is required to get a doctor's sick note. (Doctor image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from

No one likes being ill, but if you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to participate in an activity such as work, school or a sports practice due to an illness, you may need a note from a doctor to excuse your absence. This can only be attained through a visit to your physician.

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A note from a licensed professional doctor may be required to prove the validity of your illness, especially in circumstances where absences are heavily regulated or not permitted, and this note can help you to avoid the consequences of your absence.

Time Frame

A note from a physician can only be acquired if you are examined during the period when you are ill, so you must make an appointment to get checked out and receive a note during the illness. Your doctor will not write you a note to excuse your absence if you make an appointment or try to get a note once you are recovered, as they cannot verify the validity of your illness. Some company or school policies do not require a doctor's note unless the illness and absence continues for an extended period of time.


Thoroughly review the sick leave policy for your job, school or activity so you can confirm if acquiring the note is a necessity. According to the "Boston Globe," there are no federal or Tate laws governing the requirement of medical documentation (as of 2010), so most companies create internal policies.

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