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Doctors Note Templates

Create doctors note templates online in under 2 minutes. Instant download with no registration required.

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Fill out this quick form, sign your signature, and select a logo and your doctor’s note is created instantly. You can then download it or print it.

We have other templates below as well.

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Doctors Note Template

We provide a free doctors note template for doctors to use for their patients. Either use the blank doctors note and fill in the details or personalize the template with the details of your medical practice.

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This is a generic doctors note for school or work. Just add the doctor’s signature and the name of the clinic.

Two doctors notesPin

To create a real doctor’s note for work, ask your doctor to fill out the medical diagnosis and add his signature. There are two doctor notes per page.

Doctors excuse notePin

This doctors excuse note is good for work, school, or college. This note only has the name of the clinic and doesn’t have the doctor’s name. You can add it if you want to.

Doctors Note Template for Work

Edit the template to create a doctors excuse note for work.

Doctors Note Template for School

Use this template to create a doctors note for school.



Blank Doctors Note

This dr note template does not have the name of the doctor on it. You only fill out the name of the patient and the date of the excused leave.

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Add the length of absence or the number of days the patient cannot work or go to school.

Doctors, we’ve simplified your life

We know that doctors are busy people, which is why we created these real doctors notes for work or school. We have templates for letters and doctor’s notes so you don’t have to waste time creating them.

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Our templates are ready to use. You don’t have to waste time formatting your letter or note. All you need to do is add your name and signature.

Accessible from anywhere and anytime
Using our website, you can create a letter or note from anywhere and at any time. We have templates for letters and notes with a variety of topics ranging from doctor’s excuses to patient discharge summaries.

What should be included in a doctor’s note?

There are a few things that should always be included in a note for a medical excuse.

The Date

You must provide the date that the patient was seen and the date that the patient needs to be excused from work, school, or college.

The Name of the Physician

Including the name of the physician helps to certify that the medical professional that assisted you is, indeed, the one who will be providing care for you during your illness.

The Date An Employee May Return to Work

For some illnesses, you do not simply come back to work the next day. By having a return to work date, employers know that you are not missing work unnecessarily.

The Name Of Your Practice

Including the name of the practice in your heading is a best practice so that your template looks polished and professional.

Doctor’s Note Example

Sample Letter

Doctor Howard Jones
1234 E St
Indianapolis, IN 46219


To whom it may concern:

Miss Hailey Atwood was under my care today for a minor sinus infection. She had been cleared to return to work on 8/13/2022,


Dr. Howard Jones

Sample Email

Doctors Tamara Levy, Thomas Hilton, Stephen Rider
3625 Stockton Rd
Trenton, NJ 12345


Re: Cassandra Clergy

To Whom It May Concern:

The above patient has been in care today. She can return to work, with restrictions tomorrow, September 24, 2021.

Thank you for your understanding,

Dr. Thomas Hilty’

Doctors Note for Work | FAQ

If you are opening your own private practice, or maybe you work in a doctor’s office, you are familiar with your patients asking you for a doctor’s note. A doctor’s excuse note is usually required by an employer when an employee is out ill, especially if they are out or are going to be out for an extended period of time.

Creating a template for your office to use is time-consuming and a waste of your time. We provide free doctors note templates for you to fill out and hand to a patient! Creating your own doctor’s excuse template for your medical exemption note also means that it will be unique to your practice and no other practice in the area will have it. A doctor’s note doesn’t have to be perfect, but it should easily communicate with an employer that their employee was seen.

There isn’t a set template for these notes, so a practice may use whatever format they wish. Unfortunately, this means that you may have a lot of work ahead of you to design your own template.

If you are the one in charge of this important mission, you may have questions about this process. We are here to answer these questions for you.

When is a Doctor’s Note Required?

A doctor’s note may be required by an employer when an employee is calling off sick. This is usually just to make sure that the employee is being truthful about their paid days off. It also might be required when an employee is ill for an extended period of time as it allows employers to see a return to work reasoning and restrictions if they exist. Some companies do not require a doctor’s note for this process, while others require a new note for every day that you may have to take off, even if they are consecutive. Every policy is different and it is not odd for a patient to ask for multiple notes.

Doctor’s notes may even be requested when someone comes in for a pre-established appointment. This is because many employers want to make sure that their employee is utilizing their paid time correctly and wisely, especially if the appointment was last minute or an emergency.

Who Can Provide a Doctor’s Note?

A doctor’s note can be provided by a medical professional, such as a doctor or a nurse practitioner, It does not matter what type of office or medical professional is being sought, you may provide a doctor’s note whether you are a general practitioner, psychiatrist, neurologist, emergency department, or even an optometrist. As long as you are able to confidently say that a patient was in your care during the day, you are able to provide a doctor’s note, or sick note, for them.

How To Get A Doctor’s Note

A doctor’s note should always be procured from a medical professional. Normally, you have to go into the office and be seen by a doctor before such a note may be provided. Other times, a doctor will provide you with a note after speaking with you over the phone, depending on the complexity and severity of the symptoms. The more severe the symptoms, the more a doctor might push for you to come into their practice to be treated.

Since the start of the Covid epidemic many doctors provide virtual appointments when possible.

If you prefer to create an online doctor’s note you can use the typeable PDF and add the necessary details.

Can Someone Verify My Doctor’s Note?

This question is a tricky one. The short answer is, “yes”. An employer may call the number on your work excuse and verify whether you were given a note. However, this is all they can do. Any further questioning would lead to a HIPAA violation, meaning that the employee who gave out the information will be in violation of the law. Privacy Laws protect you so that your information or diagnosis does not get to anyone who should not be privy to the information.

Can I Use a Fake Doctor’s Note?

No! First and foremost, employers can call and verify that you were seen at the building. This means that using a fake doctor’s note for work absence so that you can simply have a day off would be very easily caught. Secondly, there are several consequences that come along with fake doctor’s notes. These can range from fraud to losing your job. At the end of the day, the risks dramatically outweigh the benefit.

If you decided that you should create a doctor’s note on your own, do so at your own risk!

What Are The Consequences of Faking My Own Doctor’s Note?

Using a fake doctors note is illegal as you are creating a false document. This form of fraud is looked at very seriously depending on where the case would be tried. Secondly, not only could you get into legal trouble for faking a note, you could lose your job and livelihood by doing so! At the end of the day, it is easier to simply go to the doctor and get an appointment.

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