If your membership with AAFP and WAFP has lapsed, you have two options to restart your membership: rejoining and reinstating.
Reinstating membership means there will be no gap in years of membership and the original join date will be retained. This is important for those interested in applying for the AAFP Degree of Fellow, which requires at least six years of membership, and for those wanting to become a life member, which requires a minimum of 25 years of active membership (with the most recent five years being continuous). Outstanding dues must be paid in full for the years of lapsed membership, and sufficient CME must be provided for any missed re-election cycles for active and supporting membership categories.
Rejoining the AAFP will give you a new enrollment/join date. You do not receive credit for the previous years of membership and must complete a new member application. You will need proof of earning at least 100 credits of CME within the last two years if your membership lapsed less than two years ago.
The AAFP’s website has more information on the difference between rejoining vs. reinstating.