Frequently Asked Questions
When was Medical Licensure Group, LLC established?
Medical Licensure Group was formed in 2008. President Sarah Densmore had worked in the medical licensing field for over a decade and began Medical Licensure Group, LLC to satisfy the demand for professional, accurate and affordable state licensing services. Our caring team adheres to the highest standards of client care.
Where are you located?
We are located in sunny Pensacola, Florida in the Cordova Square business center, Suite 32B.
About Us and Our Services
Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau?
Yes, we have been a BBB accredited business since 2011. To view our company profile, click the Better Business Bureau logo at the bottom of this web page.
Are there any fees I am responsible for paying aside from your service fee?
As with all medical licensing agencies, a flat rate is charged for our service fee which is exclusive of the fees charged by the state medical board and credentials holders. We coordinate these payments with you to keep things clear and simple.
How do you ensure that my information is kept secure and confidential?
We understand the importance of securing your sensitive information. Our website utilizes a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which provides secure web communication by encrypting sensitive information. Our database and website is tested daily for security vulnerabilities. All correspondence and transactions remain CONFIDENTIAL.
Why should I hire your agency rather than just do the paperwork myself?
In a word - Experience. Physicians and their staff often make time-delaying mistakes with the application or verification process. Hiring our agency means that you will have a full-time, highly trained specialist working to make the licensing process as transparent to you as possible. Not convinced? Check out what our clients think.
Who will be handling the processing of my application in your office?
You will form a smooth working relationship with one of our experienced licensing specialists who will be available to you throughout the entire process. One of the most frequent compliments we get from our clients is the accessability of their file manager. We know your time is valuable!
What happens to my information once the process is complete?
Your information will remain stored in our secure database for life. Never again will you need to fill out a state medical license application or hospital credentialing paperwork! Anytime you want to apply for licensure in another state, a quick phone call to your licensing specialist will get the process started.
About the State Licensing Process
What is the average processing time from start to finish?
This is a tricky question to answer as there are many factors to consider. It boils down to the target state(s) and the applicant's history. Generally speaking, the process in most states from start to finish takes 10-12 weeks. Factors that can lengthen the process include:
- Selecting a state that processes a high volume of applicants such as Florida, Texas, California, New York and New Jersey
- Time of year - the busy season for medical boards is from March through September
- Lengthy or difficult to verify professional history
- A history of malpractice claims, professional disciplinary action, convictions, etc.
What is my part in the process should I choose to hire your agency?
We aim to handle as much of the licensing process as possible. Things that will require your attention if applicable to your target state(s) include: photos, fingerprinting, signatures, notarization, collection of court records, etc. You will be guided through every action that requires your attention.
Should I use the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS)?
There are a handful of states that require all applicants to establish a profile with the FCVS. For states that do not require the use of the FCVS, there are several factors to consider that can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Retrieval of an already-establisehd FCVS profile is relatively quick and can greatly assist with the licensure process. Establishing a new FCVS profile can take an average of 2-4 months. Important notes:
- For International Medical Graduates (IMGs), if the FCVS is not successful at gathering your medical education verification (e.g. - for graduates from countries with civil unrest, old or incomplete records, history of non-compliance, etc.), you may still be required by the medical board to obtain direct-source verification (personally) from your medical school.
- Some states will still require state-specific verification forms to be sent to your medical college and returned to their board (e.g. - California and Illinois for IMGs).
- The FCVS does charge a reasonable subsequent profile designation fee for submission to each medical board. The FCVS is not free to use once established as there are additional steps taken by the FCVS each time your profile is sent to a medical board.
In summary, the FCVS is most often useful and expeditious; however, there can be instances where proceeding with the licensure application process without the use of the FCVS makes sense. Call us to learn if the FCVS is right for you.
What if I do not meet the state eligibility requirements?
All states have unique medical licensure eligibility requirements that must be met before you can apply. You must complete a certain number of years of accredited postgraduate training, meet the USMLE attempt and time limitations and so on. If you are not clear about eligibility, contact our office for a free consultation.
What Our Clients Think
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