Get Licensed to Practice in Multiple States with the IMLC

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) is an innovative program designed to simplify the licensing process for physicians who wish to practice medicine in multiple states. By significantly reducing the time and effort associated with licensure, the IMLC offers a huge advantage to doctors seeking to expand their practice across state lines.

In our guide to IMLC licensure, we’ll examine the details of the IMLC and how our team skillfully guides you through this licensure pathway

How the IMLC Benefits You

The IMLC gives physicians who meet the eligibility requirements the ability to practice medicine across state lines within the Compact. Physicians will apply through the IMLC to determine if they are eligible, once qualified they will have the capability to apply to each IMLC participating state in an expedited way.

Since the application for licensure is routed through the Compact, the overall process of gaining a state medical license becomes significantly streamlined. The Compact currently includes 37 states, the District of Columbia and the Territory of Guam.

How to Obtain an IMLC License

To obtain anInterstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC)License, applicants must satisfy a series of eligibility requirements. 

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited medical program and are required to provide evidence of any other relevant certifications or special qualifications they possess.

Steps to Apply for an IMLC License

  1. Determine your eligibility: To qualify for an IMLC license, you must already hold a valid, unrestricted medical license in a U.S. state that participates in the Compact.
  2. Submit the necessary documents and fees: When you apply for an IMLC license, you must submit the proper paperwork and fees. This includes a completed online application, transcripts from medical school and residency, and copies of any three or more licenses held or applied for at any time. Fees are $700 plus the cost of license(s) in any Compact state. 
  3. Pass a criminal background check: Depending on the state you are applying from, you may be required to obtain a criminal background check through designated providers. You cannot have any disciplinary actions or history against your medical license. 
  4. Validate education requirements: You must have successfully passed each section of the COMLEX-USA, USMLE, or equivalent predecessor exam by your state’s medical board with no more than three attempts on each component. You must have also completed an AOA-accredited or ACGME-accredited graduate medical education (GME).
  5. Receive your license: Once you have completed all of the above requirements, you will receive your IMLC license allowing you to apply for separate medical licenses in participating states.

Taking the time to follow these steps carefully and thoroughly is the best way to ensure that you’ll successfully obtain an IMLC License. An IMLC License is a valuable resource to have, and taking the time to acquire one can open up numerous opportunities for health professionals.


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States Participating in the IMLC

Listed below are all the states currently participating in the IMLC, and the state of their legislature. The list below also includes states that have had legislation introduced and ones where IMLC has been passed, yet implementation delayed.

Common Questions About the IMLC

What is an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact?

The IMLC is a pathway to expedite licensing for physicians seeking to practice medicine in multiple IMLC states.  

How can I check my IMLC application status?

You can check the status of your IMLC application by logging into the IMLC website and selecting the “Status of Applications” tab.

How long does it take to obtain an IMLC license?

It usually takes up to 6 weeks to obtain an IMLC license once the application has been processed and approved.

Streamlining Licensing for Physicians Across the US

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has provided a much-needed solution for physicians and medical providers across the United States, allowing them to practice in multiple states without having to go through lengthy licensing processes.

Participating states are continuing to expand, with more states joining before long. This agreement ensures physicians will have improved access to healthcare for patients across the country, now and in the future.

If you’re a physician looking to get licensed in multiple states and have questions about IMLC licensure, contact Medical Licensure Group (MLG) today on our website or call 844.299.1936 for a free consultation.