IN.gov - Skip Navigation

Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

PLA > Professions > Medical Licensing Board of Indiana > Expired Non-renewable instructions for MD > MD/DO Instructions MD/DO Instructions

Licensure Application

Uniform Licensure Application

Verification Form

Frequently Asked Questions

PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.  If after reading the instructions you have questions please contact our office. 

CONTACT INFORMATION
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Medical Licensing Board
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
E-mail:  pla3@pla.in.gov
(317) 234-2060
(317) 233-4236(fax)

 

PROCESSING TIME

Processing time depends on the applicant.  The applicant is responsible for the submission of all documents.  The sooner the documents are requested and received the quicker the license can be issued.  If you have a positive response, the license/temporary cannot be issued until it has been reviewed by the Board.  The Board meets on a monthly basis.  Applications are only good for a 1 year from the date received.  If they are not complete and we haven't received a document for a while the application will be abandoned at the 1 year period and you will be required to reapply should you wish to continue the application process.

FAIR INFORMATION PRACTICE ACT

In compliance with IC 4-1-6, this agency is notifying you that you must provide the requested information or your application will not be processed.  You have the right to challenge, correct, or explain information maintained by this agency.  The information you provide will become public record.  Your examination scores and grade transcripts are confidential except in circumstances where their release is required by law, in which case you will be notified.

 

Your social security number is being requested by this state agency in accordance with Indiana Code.  Disclosure is mandatory, and this record cannot be processed without it.

A NOTE ABOUT LICENSURE & TEMPORARY PERMITS

Licensure is entirely at the discretion of the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana.  Licensure in another state does not in any manner assure or guarantee licensure in Indiana.  The completion of an application does not guarantee licensure in Indiana.  The issuance of a temporary permit does not in any manner assure or guarantee full licensure in the State of Indiana.

NOTARIZED COPY INFORMATION

When submitting a notarized copy of an original document, the notary MUST make a statement to the fact that the notary has seen the original document.  If this is not done the document will NOT be accepted.

COPIES OF DOCUMENTS

Please note that we cannot accept dark copies of any documents.  All documents are eventually scanned and attached to your record.  If a document is dark it will not scan.  Please take note of this and make sure all documents that are copied are normal copies.

STATUTES AND RULES

You may view the statute and rules on our website.  For your convenience you may click on the following link: http://www.in.gov/pla/bandc/mlbi/statruls.html

FCVS

The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana accepts the Federation Credentials Verification Service.  You may apply for the FCVS packet through the Federation of State Medical Boards.  It is not a requirement to use FCVS.  Their website is http://www.fsmb.org/

FOREIGN MEDICAL SCHOOLS

Adopted May 22, 2008

IC 25-22.5-3-1(c)

DISAPPROVED FOREIGN MEDICAL SCHOOLS

• CIFAS School of Medicine, Santo Domingo (closed) as of 10/18/1984
• Universidad Mexico American Del Norte as of 11/15/1984
           (Northern University School of Medicine)
• St. Lucia Health Sciences University, St. Lucia as of 10/18/1984
• Spartan Health Sciences University, St. Lucia as of 10/18/1984
• Clayton University – Osteopathic School as of 06/01/2000
           (American International Open University)
• St. Matthews University, Grand Cayman as of 12/05/2002
• University of Health Sciences Antigua, St. John’s as of 12/05/2002
• Grace Medical School in St. Kitts and London Medical College as of 12/05/2002
• International University of Health Sciences (IUHS) as of 12/05/2002 (Board reaffirmed denial at their 8/23/12 meeting partially due to distant learning (computer classes)).
• Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and Holistic Health
Sciences (Hamilton) as of 8/23/2007
• Osteopathic Health and Wellness Institute (Hamilton) as of 8/23/2007
• Canadian College of Osteopathy (Toronto) as of 8/23/07
• Sutherland Academy of Osteopathy (Oakville) as of 8/23/07
• CETEC University, Santo Domingo (closed) as of 5/22/08
• UTESA University, Santo Domingo as of 5/22/08
• World University, Santo Domingo (closed) as of 5/22/08
• Universidad Federico Henriquez y Carvajal, Dominica Republic as of 5/22/08
• Kigezi International School of Medicine, Cambridge, England & Uganda as of 5/22/08
• Universidad Eugenio Maria de Hostos (UNIREMHOS), Dominica Republic as of 5/22/08

Internet Programs:  All schools of medicine whose curriculum and primary requirements are internet based and/or distance learning shall be disapproved.  Most specifically, the internet based schools of medicine listed on the Federation Alert are hereby disapproved by the board.

 

APPROVED FOREIGN MEDICAL SCHOOLS

  • American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine as of 12/20/1984
  • Ross University of Medicine as of 12/20/1984
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine as of 12/20/1984
  • Saba, Netherlands Antilles (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)

In addition to this list, the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana has recognized the Medical Board of California as having similar standards to those of LCME when considering foreign medical schools.  Therefore, in compliance with IAC 844 4-4.5-3 the Board has accepted schools listed on the published Medical Schools Recognized by the Medical Board of California.  A list of their approved and disapproved programs can be found at http://www.in.gov/pla/2799.htm

Those schools that are neither approved by Indiana or California (and not on the disapproved list) are reviewed on a case by case basis.  The Board uses IMED FAIMER and ECFMG as tools to determine whether those schools are LCME equivalent. 

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR LICENSURE

  • COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE - You may use either the Indiana Specific Application or the Uniform Licensure Application.  Please click on the links below to find those applications.

            Please type or legible print when completing the application and all information requested on the application must be completed.

The application must have an original signature and date.

***Please be sure to include a current email address as we will send you status notifications via email.

Indiana Specific Application

Uniform Licensure Application - The UA is a standard licensure application form that can serve as the core of a state’s license application without replacing unique state-level requirements.  The form facilitates online completion of an initial licensure application and is available to all state medical boards.  By utilizing the UA, physicians can save the application for later use in another state.  For physicians who use Federation of State Medical Board's Credentials Verification Service (FCVS), approximately 70% of the form can be auto-populated with data.  The Federation of State Medical Boards charges a one time $50 fee for the Uniform Application, in addition to the $250 Indiana licensure application fee.  Please use this flowchart as a resource when using UA application.

 

  • CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

           Effective July 1, 2011any physician seeking initial licensure will be required to submit to fingerprinting and a national criminal background check by the Indiana State  Police.  The individual applicant will be responsible for the cost of the background check.  You must go through the approved state vendor.  Any criminal background check not done through the appropriate chain of command, will not be accepted.  Information regarding how to be fingerprinted and a list of frequently asked questions may be found at criminal background check information

      
  • PHOTOGRAPH

You must submit one (1) passport quality photo taken with in the past three (3) months.

  • FEE

You must submit an application fee in the amount of $250.00; payable to Professional Licensing Agency.  All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  If you are using the Uniform Application, you will also be required to pay a one time $50.00 fee to the Federation of State Medical Boards.

 

  • POSITIVE RESPONSES

If you have answered any of the questions on the application “yes” you must submit a NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT detailing the occurrence/situation, the outcome, date of occurrence, if it is a malpractice payment the amount paid in your behalf.  If applicable please submit copies of all court documents and/or arrest records.  Letters from attorneys or insurance companies are not accepted in lieu of your statement. 

Question 13 "Have you practiced as a MD/DO either clinically or administratively in the last 3 years?"  If you answer "YES" to this question, you DO NOT need to send in a notarized affidavit concerning it.  If you answer "NO" you should send in documentation as to what you have been doing.  If you are a RESIDENT and are applying to obtain a new license for the first time you should write RESIDENT beside question 13 and not answer yes or no.  If you have any questions please contact our office.

 

  • 90 DAY TEMPORARY PERMIT

A ninety (90) day temporary permit may be issued to an applicant who holds and shows proof of holding a valid license to practice medicine in the United States, its possessions or Canada.

If you are also requesting a ninety (90) day temporary permit; along with the first four (4) items listed above you must also submit:

      --Proof of Current Licensure.  You must submit a notarized copy of a license

         with a current expiration date (pocket card/billfold license).

--You must also submit an additional temporary permit fee of $100.00;

   payable to Professional Licensing Agency.  All fees are non-refundable and

   non-transferable.

A criminal background check is NOT needed before issuance of a temporary permit, however, it is required for full licensure.

The permit expires ninety (90) days from the date of issuance or when final action is taken on the application for full licensure.

 

You must request a “License Verification or Letter of Good Standing” from each State/Country in which you currently are or have ever been licensed, certified, or registered in any regulated health profession or occupation.  This includes all licenses etc., that are active, expired, inactive, retired, delinquent etc.  In addition to any Medical license/permit etc., this also pertains to any professional health license such as an EMT, Nursing, Pharmacists, etc.  You will need to print off the verification form; contact the appropriate entities/States to see if they charge a fee for completing this form and send the form directly to them.  They will in turn complete the verification and mail it directly to our office.  Click here for the form.

We do not accept web verifications; the verification must come directly from the State in which you were licensed in or from Veridoc

 

  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT

You must submit an official transcript of grades from the medical/osteopathic school showing degree has been conferred and date of graduation.  They must come directly from the school in an unopened envelope.  Graduates of foreign medical schools must submit notarized copies of all subjects and grades (mark sheets).  Include official translation if not in English. 

If you went to more than one medical/osteopathic school you will need to submit transcripts from all

 

  • MEDICAL DEGREE         

You must submit a notarized copy of your medical degree.  Include official translation if not in English.

 

  • RESIDENCY POSTGRADUATE TRAINING

You must submit proof of postgraduate training.  The program must be accredited by ACGME or AOA or Royal Canada.  Those who have graduated from approved schools in the United States, its possessions or Canada must have at least one (1) year of postgraduate training, in the United States, its possessions or Canada.  Those who have graduated from school outside of the United States, its possessions or Canada must have two (2) years of postgraduate training, obtained in a recognized program in the United States, its possessions or Canada.

You must submit official proof of all postgraduate training programs you attended.  You may submit proof in one of two ways, both are listed below:

1.      A notarized copy of your certificate of completion issued by the Hospital with beginning and ending dates.

                  OR                

2.      An ORIGINAL letter from the postgraduate training program Director with the seal of the program with beginning and ending dates.  (Copies will not be accepted.)

         You must submit official proof of all years of postgraduate training.

  • EDUCATIONAL COMMISSION FOR FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES

If you are a foreign medical graduate, you must submit a notarized copy of your ECFMG certificate.  If your ECFMG certificate has an expiration date you must request a permanent validation sticker from ECFMG. 

ECFMG Contact Information
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685 USA
Telephone: (215) 386-5900
(Telephone assistance available between 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. Eastern Time)
Fax: (215) 386-9196
Website:  http://www.ecfmg.org/

 

  • PROOF OF NAME CHANGE

When the name on any document differs from the applicant’s name, a notarized or certified copy of a marriage certificate or legal name change must be submitted.

 

  • NPDB/HIPDB REPORT

Please contact the National Practitioner Data Bank/Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank and request a report.  The report will be sent directly to you.  DO NOT OPEN the report, but forward the unopened envelope to our office.  If you do open the envelope please send the ENTIRE CONTENT and the ENVELOPE to our office.  (There are not two copies of the report in the envelope but two separate reports and we need both for licensure purposes.  We need the envelope it came it to show proof that it came directly from NPDB.)

NPDP/HIPDB Contact Information
P. O. Box 10832
Chantilly, VA 20153-0832
Website: http://www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov/

EXAMINATION SCORES

Please request that your official FLEX; National Boards; USMLE; LMCC or State Board scores be submitted by the appropriate agency directly to the Professional Licensing Agency.

EXAMINATION Contact Information

NPDP/HIPDB Contact Information
P. O. Box 10832
Chantilly, VA 20153-0832
Website: http://www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov/
rsa.gov/

FLEX or USMLE
Federation of State Medical Boards
400 Fuller Wiser Road
Euless, Texas 76039
(817) 868-4000
Website: http://www.fsmb.org/

NATIONAL BOARDS
(215) 590-9500
Website:  http://www.nbme.org/

 

The request form is now available only on the NBME website.  Only those applicants who either passed the former NBME Parts or a combination of NBME Parts and USMLE Steps should complete this form and send it to the NBME.  Those applicants who passed only the USMLE Steps must complete the EBHAR form and forward it to the Federation of State Medical Boards.  They should not complete the endorsement of certification form found on the NBME website.

NBOME
National Board of Osteopathic Medicinal Examiners
8765 West Higgins Road, Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60631
(773) 714-0622
Website:  http://www.nbome.org/

LMCC
Medical Council of Canada
1867 Alta Vista Drive
Case Postale, Box 8234
Ottawa, Canada K1G 3H7
(613) 521-6012

STATE BOARD

           You must have the state board where you took the examination complete the verification of state licensure form and attach the subjects, scores, date of examination and average.  This can be done in conjunction with the license verification of the State where you took the examination.

PUERTO RICO EXAMINATION

The Indiana Medical Licensing Board does not accept the Puerto Rico examination.  All graduates from Puerto Rico must take the English version of the USMLE in order to be considered for licensure in Indiana.

 

EXAMINATION SCORE COMBINATIONS

An applicant for unlimited licensure must be certified by one of the following examination combinations:

  1. FLEX Examination (Component 1 & 2)
  2. National Board of Medical Examiners (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
  3. National Boards of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons ( Parts 1, 2 & 3)
  4. USMLE (Steps 1, 2 & 3)
  5. National Boards of Medical Examiners – Parts 1 & 2 and FLEX Examination – Component 2
  6. National Boards of Medical Examiners – Parts 1 & 2 and USMLE Step 3
  7. FLEX Examination – Component 1 and USMLE Step 3

Please note the law regarding the USMLE (effective July 2008):

844 IAC 4-4.5-12 Passing requirements for United States Medical Licensing Examination states:

Sec. 12. The following are the examination passing requirements for licensure:

(1)   A score of seventy-five (75) is the minimum passing score for all steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

(2)   An applicant may have a maximum of three (3) attempts to pass each step                      of the USMLE.  Therefore, upon the third seating of each step of the exam,                       the applicant must obtain a passing score.

(3)   All steps of the USMLE must be taken and successfully passed within a ten (10) year time period.  This ten (10) year period begins when the applicant first passes a step, either Step 1 or Step II.  In counting the number of attempts regarding USMLE steps, previous attempts on the National Board Medical Examination and the examination of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the Unites States are included.

If you do not meet the ten (10) year period, you may apply for licensure and retake Step 1 and/or Step 2 of the USMLE to put you within the ten (10) year period if it does not put you over the three (3) attempts.  You must make application and request to retake Step 1 and/or Step 2.  Our agency will send out the appropriate letters to the Federation so that you may reapply to take the appropriate steps of the USMLE.

If it has taken you more than three (3) attempts to pass a step of the USMLE you are not eligible for licensure in Indiana.

Please note the law regarding COMLEX-USA

844 IAC 4-4.5-13  Passing requirements for Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination

    Sec. 13  The following are the examination passing requirements for licensure:

       (1) A score of three hundred fifty (350) is the minimum passing score for Step III of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (COMLEX - USA)

       (2) An applicant may have a maximum of five (5) attempts to pass each step of the COMLEX - USA.  Therefore, upon the fifth seating of each step of the exam, the applicant must obtain a passing score.

       (3) All steps of the COMLEX - USA must be taken and passed in sequential order within a seven (7) year time period.  This seven (7) year period begins when the applicant first takes Step I.  In counting the number of attempts regarding COMLEX - USA steps, previous attempts on the National Board Osteopathic Medical Examinations are included.

EXPIRATION DATE

All licenses issued will expire on October 31, 2015 and will be required to be renewed October 31 of every following odd year. 

Renewals:  A renewal reminder will be sent via email.  Please make sure that IPLA always has your current email and address.