Licensing and Privileges

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Now – you’re in the home stretch.


So now your to-do list looks like this:

Timetable for licensure

Time to start planning for your license. Here’s a table indicating the average amount of time to get a state license. Some states also participate in the Interstate License Compact.

*  See below to learn more about eligibility to participate.

Alaska State Medical Board3-4 months
Colorado Medical Board1-3 months
Connecticut Medical Examining Board Department of Public Health1-3 months
Hawaii Medical Board3 months
Idaho Board of Medicine3-4 months
Indiana – Medical Licensing Board of Indiana3-4 months
Iowa Board of Medicine3-5 months
Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine3-4 months
Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure3-4 months
Michigan Board of Medicine3-4 months
Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery3-4 months
Minnesota Board of Medical Practice3-4 months
Montana Board of Medical Examiners3-4 months
Nebraska Board of Medicine and Surgery3-5 months
Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine3-4 months
New Mexico Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners3-4 months
New York State Board for Medicine (Licensure)3-5 months
North Dakota Board of Medicine3-5 months
Oregon Medical Board3-4 months
South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners3-4 months
Utah Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons Licensing Board2-3 months
Utah Physicians & Surgeons Licensing Board2-4 months
Wyoming Board of Medicine3-4 months
Interstate Medical License Compact 
Alabama Board of Medical Examiners4-6 months
Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery4-6 months
Arizona Medical Board4-6 months
Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline4-6 months
District of Columbia Board of Medicine4-6 months
Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine4-6 months
Georgia Composite Medical Board3-4 months
Kansas State Board of Healing Arts4-6 months
Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure4-6 months
Maryland Board of Physicians4-6 months
Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure5-8 months
Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts3 – 5 months
Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners4-6 months
New Hampshire Board of Medicine4-6 months
New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners4-6 months
New Mexico Medical Board4-6 months
North Carolina Medical Board4-6 months
Ohio – State Medical Board of Ohio4-6 months
Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision4-6 months
Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners4-6 months
Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline4-6 months
South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners4-5 months
Vermont Board of Medical Practice2-6 months
Vermont Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons4-6 months
Washington Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery4-6 months
Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission (Medical Board)4-6 months
West Virginia Board of Medicine4-6 months
Wisconsin Medical Examining Board4-6 months
Arkansas State Medical Board6 months
California – Medical Board of California5-7 months
California – Osteopathic Medical Board of California6-12 months
Florida Board of Medicine4-6 months
Illinois Division of Professional Regulation (Medical Board)4-6 months
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners4-6 months
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine6-8 months
Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine8-12 months
Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine6-8 months
Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination6-12 months
Tennessee State Board of Medical Examiners6-8 months
Texas Medical Board8-12 months
Virginia Board of Medicine8-12 months
West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine6-8 months

Interstate Medical License Compact

​​​​​​​From their website –  

In order to qualify for Compact participation, physicians must:

(Note: Physicians must maintain their SPL status at all times.  An SPL may be updated after a physician receives a letter of qualification to participate in the Compact.)

In addition, physicians must:

Each physician is responsible for making a self-determination of eligibility prior to applying to participate in the Compact, and they must confirm that they understand the Compact rules.


Licensing Services

In 2020, MLS started a ‘for-fee licensing and credentialing service.’ This is a service that any doctor can use for assistance with licensing and or credentialing. As a moonlighter and a member of this program, you are entitled to a steep discount on this service. 

Some things to keep in mind when you are getting a license:

Through MLS, licenses take on average 3 months to acquire. Some states take less time, others more as you can see above. No matter which state, we will help you through the maze. Our unofficial motto is “Live your life, let us get the license.”


We have already credentialed you for privileges at least once, if not several times. Ask us for your credentialing packet when you need it, and we’ll send it right over via email!

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