Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the most common application errors?
A: 1. Assume that a valid state license automatically qualifies you for a license in another state. You might have to take a test. There are 12 states with a "Ten Year Rule," which require the Special Purpose Exam (SPEX) if your initial licensure examination (SBME, NBME, FLEX, USMLE, NBOME) sequence exceeds ten years. States with ten-year examination stipulations include Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, & Texas. Arizona will accept “life boards” and Maryland has a 15-year rule. Your Specialty Board certification, Recertification or the AMA Physician's Recognition Award will oftentimes be accepted in lieu of this requirement
A: 2. Failure to disclose critical issues. Your application's answers must be completely truthful, without reservation. It is better to disclose and explain; incomplete/incorrect information appears deceptive. Failure to disclose could result in disciplinary action against your license, a personal appearance at the board, voluminous paperwork, possibly a hefty fine, resubmission of the application and fee, or worse, board denial or criminal penalties.
Q: What is the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS)?
A: This organization is governed by the Federation of State Medical Boards to warehouse your core credentials (i.e. exam results, training records, and medical school documentation). Be aware that, today twelve states now require utilization of the FCVS. This could add six months to your license process. The states are: Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, Utah, Nevada (DO's only), New York (IMGs only), Virgin Islands, South Carolina & North Carolina (if currently registered with the FCVS).
Q: How long does the licensure process take?
A: The process hinges on many factors. Many common ones include lengthy and/or complicated track, inaccurate and/or unreported information to both the Board and DLG, non-compliance with agencies/hospitals from which documents are being requested, and time of year your application is filed at the board.
Across the state board’s, average processing time can take a minimum of two months, and a maximum of one year.
Q: How can utilizing your company’s services speed up the licensure process?
A: We have established a working rapport with the medical boards, allowing for quick problem resolution. Because of our experience-based knowledge, we are able to foresee potential delays and secure alternate licensure pathways. Through intense follow-up we can ensure documents are received at the board without unnecessary delay.
Q: What can you do that I can’t?
A: We allow you the freedom to continue your practice of medicine while having the comfort of knowing that experts are handling your licensure needs. Time is money, and we save you both!
Q: What happens to my file after the process is complete?
A: Physical files are stored on site for three years, then transferred to our off-site storage facility for an additional four years. Files are also stored in a database, only to be removed once the physical file is destroyed. A complete copy of your file can be sent upon your request.
Last updated on 10/5/07