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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact States List [and Guide for 2019]

IMLC Map Oct. 2019

Updated Sept. 26, 2019 with the addition of Michigan as a participating state

On April 6, 2017 the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission began processing applications for expedited licensure in some states. This makes the process for obtaining a medical license in these states simpler if you already hold your primary license in one of the participating states.

The IMLC creates another pathway for licensure and does not otherwise change a state’s existing Medical Practice Act. The IMLC also adopts a uniform and stringent standard for licensure and affirms that the practice of medicine occurs where the patient is located at the time of the physician-patient encounter. Upon licensure via the IMLC, the physician will be under the jurisdiction of the medical board in the state where the patient is located.

States currently accepting applications for multi-state licensure

There are currently 24 states and one territory accepting applications for multi-state licensure:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Guam
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota*
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Washington

*Minnesota is is not considered a “State of Principle Licensure.” This means you cannot enter into the compact through a MN license. However, you are able to get a MN license issued through the compact once you have entered into the compact via another State of Principle Licensure.

Future state board participation:

The following states and districts have passed legislation to be part of the compact, but implementation has been delayed.  Questions regarding the current status and extent of these states’ and boards’ participation in the IMLC should be directed to the respective state boards:

Qualification for Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC)

To determine if you qualify to participate in this program, review the requirements on the IMLC’s Do I Qualify? page.

For more information about the compact, watch the webinar video below featuring Dr. Jon Thomas, former chair of the IMLCC. You can also visit the IMLCC’s website at https://imlcc.org

If you’re interested in obtaining licensure through the compact, please reach out to your CompHealth representative or call  888.212.0816.

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Chad Saley

Chad Saley is a public relations manager at CHG Healthcare, the parent company of CompHealth.

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    • Check out the IMLC site linked in the beginning of this post. They have more of the details around the current status of the other states.

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