Updated March 5, 2020 with the addition of Oklahoma as a participating state
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) makes the process for obtaining a medical license in 26 U.S. 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 26 states and one territory accepting applications for multi-state licensure:
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
*Oklahoma and Vermont are not considered “States of Principle Licensure.” This means you cannot enter into the compact through a OK or VT license. However, you are able to get a license issued for these states 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:
The following states have introduced legislation to join the compact:
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.