ALBME

Full License

The Board receives initial applications and issues certificates of qualification to qualified MDs and DOs. Those applicants then apply to the Commission for a medical license.

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How to Apply/What Happens Next

What happens next:

  • Email instructions are sent when the application for a certificate of qualification (COQ) is received and processing has begun, including how to access the Check Pending Application web page.
  • Once all items have been received, your status will update to "Pending Board Meeting" and the date of Board consideration is provided.
  • If the COQ is approved (status changes to Approved Pending MLC), apply and pay for your license using this form. Apply for an Alabama Controlled Substance Certificate (optional) at the Licensee Portal. You can do this before you receive license approval.
  • License applications are considered by the Commission at its next meeting. A license number will not be issued until the license application and fee are received.
  • You have six months following COQ approval to apply and pay for the license before your certificate of qualification expires.
  • Non approved applicants will be notified by mail and given further instructions.
  • A wall certificate is mailed to you, and a wallet certificate is available to print at the Licensee Portal.

 


Application Checklist


Eligibility Requirements

Graduation from a college/school of medicine:

  • Accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association.
  • Accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.
  • Non accredited if approved by Board, applicant obtains ECFMG certification, and school listed at the time of graduation in WHO or IMED (discontinued in 2015) directory.

Non-approved colleges/schools of medicine:

  • Universidad Tecnolgica de Santiago, Dominican Republic (UTESA)
  • Universidad Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Dominican Republic (UNIREMHOS)
  • St. Christopher’s College, Dakar, Senegal
  • University of Health Sciences Antigua, St. Johns (Antigua), Dominican Republic

Schools/colleges of medicine requiring additional documentation:

  • Kigezi International School of Medicine, Uganda, Africa
  • Universidad Centro de Estudios Tecnologicos, Dominican Republic (CETEC)
  • Universidad Fedrico Henriquez Carajal, Dominican Republic (UFHEC)
  • Universidad Centro de Investigacion Formacion Asesona Social, Dominican Republic (CIFAS)
  • Spartan University (A.K.A. St. Lucia Health Sciences University), Dominican Republic
  • Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • Universidad Mexico American Del Norte, Mexico

Graduates of LCME/AOA accredited schools/colleges of medicine must successfully complete one year of postgraduate/residency training in any of the following programs (documentation through FCVS may be accepted):

Graduates of non-accredited schools/colleges of medicine must successfully complete three years of postgraduate/residency training in any of the above-listed programs or a program accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Documentation through FCVS may be accepted.

Graduates of non-accredited schools/colleges of medicine (foreign medical graduates) must also achieve certification given by the Education Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or shall achieve a Fifth Pathway Certification and pass the examination administered by ECFMG.


Achieve a passing score in any of the following examinations:

  • Federation Licensing Examination
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners COMLEX
  • Licensing Medical Council for Canada Examination (accepted prior to Jan. 1, 2000)
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) (see below for additional requirements)

If you have not passed USMLE, COMLEX, or SPEX, you must:

  • Achieve a score of 75 on the Special Purpose Examination; or
  • Be certified or achieve a passing score on a recertification exam given by an ABMS or AOA approved specialty board within ten years prior to submitting the application

For MD/DO degree only and not specialty board-certified:

  • Pass Step 3 in no more than three administrations (one additional attempt may be approved upon demonstration of additional education, experience, or training).
  • Pass Steps 1, 2, and 3 within a seven-year period (determined on calendar year-calendar year basis).
  • Pass Steps 1, 2, and 3 within a combined total of no more than ten times.
  • Scores from re-examinations of previously passed Step are not accepted.

For MD/DO degree only and specialty board-certified:

  • Pass Step 3 in no more than three administrations (one additional attempt may be approved upon demonstration of additional education, experience, or training).
  • No requirement to pass Steps 1, 2, and 3 within a seven-year period.
  • Pass Steps 1, 2, and 3 within a combined total of no more than ten times.
  • Scores from re-examinations of previously passed Step are not accepted.

For the MD/DO degree and Ph.D. degree in LCME accredited institution in a field of biological sciences:

  • Pass Step 3 in no more than three administrations (one additional attempt may be approved upon demonstration of additional education, experience, or training).
  • Pass Steps 1, 2, and 3 within a combined total of no more than ten times.
  • Pass Steps 1, 2, and 3 within a ten-year period (calendar year-calendar year) (Board may approve up to 15 years).

Applicants who otherwise qualify for an initial license but who have been absent from clinical practice for two years or more may obtain a license by entering into a reentry agreement with the Board.

See Board Rules, Chapter 540-X-23, for additional information.


Successful applicants must demonstrate legal presence in the United States (U.S. citizen, Visa, Work Permit, etc.).

All applicants must undergo a criminal history background check.  The online application process contains instructions and necessary forms.


Provisional approval for a certificate of qualification may be given if all requirements have been met except for evidence of completion of the postgraduate training requirement and there are no grounds for denial.

Once the acceptable documentation of completion of postgraduate training has been received, the certificate of qualification will be issued immediately.


Forms

Forms are provided through the Uniform Application and also provided here:

Fees

Renewal Requirements

  • All licenses expire on December 31 each year.
  • Renewal period is Oct 1 - Dec 31 (grace period with an additional charge Jan 1 - 31).
  • Reminder emails are sent to the email address of record beginning in October.
  • Renewals are accomplished online using the Licensee Portal beginning on Oct. 1.
  • Be sure the information provided is accurate.
  • NOTE: All lawful aliens/foreign national licensees must submit annually a Declaration of Citizenship and Lawful Presence of an Alien with documentation prior to license renewal. You will not be allowed to renew online or manually until legal presence documentation has been received and approved.

NOTICE: The licensure CME requirement was waived for all licensees for 2020. Licensees are expected to obtain the annual requirement of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 or equivalent credits during 2021.

Reinstatement

  • To reinstate an inactive license, download and return a reinstatement application.
  • The cost to reinstate is up to $850, depending on when you were last active.
  • A criminal background check with fingerprinting is required. The fee is $65.
  • Twenty-five Category 1 or equivalent CME credits acquired in the previous 12 months are required.
  • Applicants who have been absent from clinical practice for two years or more may obtain a license by entering into a reentry agreement with the Board (See Board Rules, Chapter 540-X-23, for additional information).
  • For reinstatement of a certificate of qualification that was voluntarily surrendered, use the COQ Reinstatement Application.

FAQ

No; however, certain applicants are required to be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, and that certification process includes an English language proficiency assessment.


The Board verifies certain information as “primary source” verification. This means we must receive the information directly from the issuing source. The application instructions provide further information on primary sources.


MDs and DOs are both “physicians” in Alabama. The Commission makes no distinction between the two.


No, Alabama does not offer a temporary license.


You can withdraw your application by providing a written request with a brief explanation. This is a non-disciplinary, non-reportable event. Fees are non-refundable.


While a felony conviction is a ground for denial of a license application, it is not automatic. The Board and Commission judge each application individually and take into account such things as the severity of the offense, the length of time passed since the offense and activities that occurred after the offense. The Board and/or Commission may wish to interview you in person to obtain further information and ask questions.


Not necessarily. It is the Board’s policy to refer any applicant with addiction (or psychiatric) issues within two years preceding the application to the Alabama Professionals Health Program (APHP) for an evaluation and recommendation. The APHP may endorse the applicant for full licensure with no restrictions, or it may recommend certain restrictions or conditions. The Board and/or Commission may choose to interview applicants with prior addiction, psychiatric issues, etc.