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Illinois Medical License

If you are a graduate from any of the medical schools in Illinois and you are wondering how you can get the medical license and start to practice, then this article is for you, as I am going to introduce all the licensure processes and requirements. In Illinois, all the licensure processes are controlled by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

What are the General requirements for Illinois medical license?

You need to meet the education, experience, and examination requirements.

Education:

  • You must complete a 6-year postsecondary course of study including:
    • 2 academic years of instruction courses in a college or university
    • 4 academic years of medical education
  • You must be graduated from a medical or osteopathic college approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Bureau on Professional Education

Experience:

  • If you take the post-graduate residency program on or before December 31, 1987, you must complete a board-approved of 12 months of approved training in the US or Canada.
  • If you take the post-graduate residency program on or after January 1, 1988, you must complete 24 months of approved training programs in the US and Canada.
  • If you have NOT practiced medicine for more than 2 years, you must provide the documents of professional capacity.

If you have done the following that will be considered professional capacity.

  • Medical research in hospitals, colleges or universities, or private corporations.
  • Training or education in a special area.
  • Publication of your work, in journals that are connected to your sphere.
  •  Participation in any public health programs or organizations.
  •  Professional service in veteran and military institutions
  •  Any other activities that will keep or increase your capabilities

Examination:

  • Three steps of USMLE (US Medical Licensing Examination)
  • Three part of NBOME (National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners)
  • Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada examination (LMCC)

Note:

  1. You can also combine the steps or parts of these examinations.
  2. Provide your U.S. social security number
  3. Complete the Illinois medical license application and submit it with all the necessary documents.
  4. Pay the non-refundable licensure fee of $500.00. You can pay by check or money order to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  5. Verification of credentials- The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation of Illinois needs that the qualification of the license is verified separately. You can do it by The Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) or any other company.
    1. The Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) – all the states of the US use this organization to get verified credentials of physicians.
      1. To create physicians Initial portfolio you need to pay $375, and the others cost $95 each
      2. On average the process for creating the new portfolio lattes 8 weeks
    2. The other organization where you can get required credentials can be a testing agency, licensing authority, hospital, employer, etc. You may be required to pay a fee.
  6. Provide a criminal background check and evidence of fingerprint processing from the Illinois State Police.After the submission of your application, you have 60 days to provide your fingerprints. The Illinois state police will send electronic results of fingerprint processing to IDFPR. In order to make an appointment for fingerprinting you need to contact a licensed fingerprint vendor.
  7. Send the completed application and all the necessary documents by mail to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

What are the required documents for a medical license in Illinois?

If you are using FCVS, then you must submit the following documents:

  • FCVS Physician Information Profile

U.S. or Canada Medical School Graduates

  • Illinois 4-pages Medical Application Form
  • CCA form
  • PH form
  • VE-PC form( Verification of Employment/Experience Professional Capacity)
  • Illinois License Fee
  • An official transcript verifying pre-medical education
  • Certification of Licensure Form

Graduates of Foreign Medical Colleges these all plus:

  • Proof that you completed an internship or social service if required for conferral of the degree.
  • Certification of Education (ED-NON) type completed by the Non-LCME authorized medical college with official seal and signature.

If you are NOT using FCVS, then you must submit the following documents:

U.S. or Canada Medical School Graduates

  • Illinois 4-pages Medical Application Form
  • CCA form
  • PH form
  • VE-PC form( Verification of Employment/Experience Professional Capacity)
  • Illinois License Fee
  • An official transcript verifying pre-medical education
  • An official medical transcript with the school seal affixed and a copy of your medical school diploma
  • Certification of Licensure Form
  • Verification of Pass/Fail Examination History(FLEX, National Board, USMLE)
  • Certification of PostGraduate Clinical Training

Graduates of Foreign Medical Colleges these all plus:

  • Proof that you completed an internship or social service if required for conferral of the degree.
  • Verification of ECFMG certification
  • Certification of Education (ED-NON) type completed by the Non-LCME authorized medical college with official seal and signature.

How to renew my medical license in Illinois?

The expiration date for all the medical licenses is at the same time every three years, no matter when you first get it. You need to renew it 2-3 months before the expiration date.

To renew your medical license just go to an online portal.

How do I verify a medical license in Illinois?

To verify a medical license in Illinois click here.

How long does it take to get a medical license in Illinois?

For most Illinois Medical License applications it will take from 90 up to 120 days.

How do I print my Idfpr license?

Get a copy of your license anytime and for free here.

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