Applications - physicians

Physician initial license (full)

Limited license

Retired senior volunteer license

Special purpose license

License renewals

Reinstatement of inactive license/ACSC

Registrations

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

Information for new licensees



Physician initial license (full)

Application forms are available via download only.  Paper forms will not be sent. Download application form here.

For a helpful overview of the licensing process and how to best complete your licensing application, please review “The Medical Licensing Process” from the Federation of State Medical Boards here.

To request fingerprint cards necessary for the criminal background check:

  • Email request with your address to , OR
  • If you prefer to use another facility's fingerprint cards, please write in the "Reason Fingerprinted" space "ALC 34-24-70" and under ORI number write "AL920049Z"

 Requirements for a medical license in Alabama, including medical school, postgraduate training and examination requirements, can be found in Board Rules, Chapter 540-X-3.

Also see Understanding the License Application Process.

All information concerning requirements, fees, etc., is subject to change
without notice.  You should not rely wholly upon the information available
at this site -- the information contained in the downloaded application packet will be current and is the information upon which you should rely.

The average time for obtaining a license is six to eight weeks, depending upon various factors such as how quickly medical schools/postgraduate training programs provide primary source verification, how quickly the criminal background check results are returned, etc.



Limited license

For a helpful overview of the licensing process and how to best complete your licensing application, please review “The Medical Licensing Process” from the Federation of State Medical Boards here.

Board of Medical Examiners' Administrative Rules 540-X-3-.14 through .16 establish qualifications and procedures for limited licensure in Alabama for:

  • Individuals in approved residency training programs (license numbers L.####R [resident], L.####F [fellowship])
  • Visiting professors, distinguished professors and specialty professors at medical colleges (license numbers L.###SP [specialty professor], L.####DP [distinguished professor], L.####VP [visiting professor])
  • Individuals employed by state mental and penal institutions (license number L.####SI [state institution])

There are specific requirements that must be met prior to the issuance of a limited license.  Limited licenses are issued for one year only.  Physicians must apply to the Board to renew their limited certificates of qualification by January 1 of each year.

Download initial limited license application form and instructions

Download filllable limited certificate of qualification renewal application form and instructional letter



Retired senior volunteer license (license number RSV.###)

Section 34-24-75.1 of the Code of Alabama authorizes the Board to issue certificates of qualification to physicians meeting the requirement for participation in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (Volunteer Medical Professional Act (Ala. Code 6-5-660, et. seq. - scroll down to 6-5-660), without cost to the applicant.

The applicant is required to perform at least 100 hours of voluntary service annually and limit his or her practice to the confines of an established free medical clinic or other nonprofit organization or facilities in Alabama.

Administrative Rule 540-X-3-.23 provides the mechanism for application and issuance of the RSVP license. An application form and the form for the certification of the free medical clinic are available below.

Please note that physicians issued a license under the RSVP program remain subject to continuing medical education requirements.



Special purpose license (license number SP.###)

Board Rules, Chapter 540-X-16, special purpose license for the practice of medicine or osteopathy across state lines (telemedicine):

  • establishes requirements and procedures for applying
  • defines the practice of medicine or osteopathy across state lines
  • lists the qualifications for a special purpose license
  • lists procedures for issuing a special purpose license
  • Initial license fee is $175.00

To obtain an application for a special purpose license, please contact



License renewals

  • All licenses are issued for one calendar year and expire on December 31
  • License renewal reminder postcards are sent to address of record beginning in October
  • Online renewals are available and encouraged
  • Be sure the information provided is accurate
  • If you do not wish to renew, request "Active-Non Renewal by Request" status
  • To renew visit the ALBME Renewal Site.



Reinstatement of inactive license/(Q)ACSC



Registrations


Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

See the official web page for Interstate Meidcal Licensure Compact


Information for new licensees

See Important information for New Licensees for information on rules, physician extenders, license and registration renewals, and an Information Guide that describes the functions of the Board of Medical Examiners and Medical Licensure Commission.

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