Locum tenens physicians have the flexibility to explore a wide range of practice opportunities across the nation while addressing physician shortages. In addition to making an impact, traveling as a locum tenens physician is an adventure! Explore different cities and regions, try local cuisines, and pick where you want to work while creating new memories. However, before embarking on your locum tenens career, it is important to understand the licensure requirements of each state.

Medical licensure fees and requirements—as well as the time frame for processing applications and documentation—vary from state to state. That's why we have compiled a list of every medical board/licensing authority in the United States to provide you with the information in a single, convenient location. For each state, we have provided contact information and the average time to obtain a license. In addition, we've included what states are part of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) and have noted where Federation Credentials Verifications Service (FCVS) is accepted or required.

Please fill out the short form below to access the complete physician licensure application fees and timelines by state information.

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Physician Licensure Timelines by State

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Please note that the fees, timelines, and other information provided above were in effect at the writing of this post on June 6, 2024, and are subject to change. Similarly, the timelines for obtaining a license are estimates. To learn about which states are participating in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), view our interactive map.

Medicus Healthcare Solutions’ experienced licensing team can help you with the licensing process in any state. To speak with one of our dedicated licensing coordinators, please call (603) 898-6492 or email medicusmarketing@medicushcs.com, and one of our knowledgeable team members will contact you shortly.