The Do’s and Don’ts When Applying for a Medical or Health Professional License

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

The process of obtaining a medical or health professional license can be challenging and time consuming. When seeking initial licensure or applying for a license in another state, you should be aware of delays in the application process due to the investigation of credentials and past practice, as well as the need to comply with licensing standards.

The following are examples that would delay your application:

•    Actions during postgraduate training
•    Hospital staff privileges with action/termination of employment
•    Action by a specialty board
•    Action by another state regulatory board
•    Misdemeanor or felony convictions
•    Results of the criminal background check
•    Civil judgments/malpractice
•    Medical, physical, mental or chemical dependence impairment/condition within the last five years
•    Lack of active practice
•    Action by DEA
•    Action by the military
•    Applications that require Petition of Waiver/Variance

Not being 100% candid about your history and education is the number one reason for denial of an application for a license! Don’t try to hide potentially derogatory information from a state licensing board. It is much better to come forward with the information and be up front.

Speeding up the Application Process.

There are ways to ease the process of applying for a medical license and get your application processed quicker. Before submitting your application, contact the licensing board and request a copy of its current licensing requirements and the average time it takes to process applications.

The following are tips to help ease the process of applying for medical licensure:

1.    Mail the application to the correct address.
2.    Keep in mind that any monies have to be processed by the Department vendor. This may take a couple of days.
3.    Identify any variation of names and nicknames.
4.    Once you start the process, submit the application within 30 days so that your supplemental documents, including transcripts, will have an application file to go to.
5.    Have the correct address on the application for training programs and hospitals.
6.    Send in necessary back-up documents in a timely manner.
7.    Follow up with sources that are sending the Board of Medicine your documents.
8.    Watch for letters or e-mail from your reviewer. This is how we tell you what else is needed for your application to be complete.
9.    If asked for follow-up information from the Board, please read the request carefully to identify exactly what is needed to make your application complete.
10.    Answer questions honestly and provide an explanation where appropriate.

Medical professionals seeking a license should expect at least a 60-day period from the time they initially submit a completed application and the actual date licensure is granted.

For more information and ways that The Health Law Firm can help in licensure matters, visit our Video Q&A section or visit our website’s Areas of Practice page.

Contact Health Law Attorneys With Experience Handling Licensing Issues.

If you are applying for a medical license, have had a license suspended or revoked or are facing imminent action against your license, it is imperative that you contact an experienced healthcare attorney to assist you in defending your career.  Remember, your license is your livelihood, it is not recommended that you attempt to pursue these matters without the assistance of an attorney.

The Health Law Firm routinely represents physicians, dentists, nurses, medical groups, clinics, and other healthcare providers in personal and facility licensing issues.

To contact The Health Law Firm please call (407) 331-6620 or (850) 439-1001 and visit our website at


“Obtaining a Medical License.” American Medical Association (AMA). Web.

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

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