Senate Bill 6 was signed into law by Governor DeWine authorizing the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) to enter into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). Ohio becomes the 35th state to become a member of the Compact. Physicians (MDs and DOs) from any state with Compact membership, including Ohio, who meet the qualifications will be eligible for licensure in any other participating state.
We would like to know if you plan to participate in the Compact once you understand how it works. Please read the information below, then answer our one-question survey.
What does the Compact do?
The Compact creates a voluntary, expedited pathway to state licensure for physicians who want to practice medicine in multiple states. Eligible physicians can qualify to practice medicine in multiple states by completing just one application within the Compact, receiving separate licenses from each state in which they intend to practice.
These licenses are still issued by the individual states – just as they would be using the standard licensing process – but because the application for licensure in these states is routed through the Compact, the overall process of gaining a license is streamlined. Physicians are expected to receive their licenses much faster and with fewer burdens. Please note, physicians do not receive a “Compact license” or a nationally recognized medical license through their participation in the Compact.
The Compact sets the qualifications for licensure and outlines the process for physicians to apply and receive licenses outside of their state of principal license. The Compact also establishes and defines the role of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission – the governing body that administers the Compact – and sets limits on what the Commission can do.
Who is eligible to participate in the Compact?
Any physician (MD or DO) from a Compact state who meets the qualifications of the Compact is eligible for licensure in any other Compact state and responsible for obeying all statutory laws and administrative rules of the state. Click here to view the full Compact eligibility requirements.
Each physician is responsible for making a self-determination of eligibility prior to applying to participate in the Compact and you must confirm that you understand the Compact rules.
How much does it cost to participate in the Compact?
The cost to participate in the Compact is $700.00 PLUS the cost of a license(s) in each Compact state where a physician wants to practice. All fees are non-refundable.
Physicians should check their eligibility BEFORE applying. If you are found to be ineligible after starting the application process, your application fee will not be refunded.
When can I apply to participate in Ohio?
Senate Bill 6 gives the SMBO until September 29, 2022 to implement the system to begin processing and issuing licenses through this path. We will keep you and your associations aware of our implementation plans as they develop over the next year. Those plans will include a ‘go live’ date for Ohio, as well as instructions on how to participate.