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When can I get a status update on my application?

Once the initial application review is completed, the Board will notify you of any deficiencies. If there are no deficiencies, your application will move forward for licensure and you will be notified when your license is issued. After your reviewer has contacted you, you can work directly with them until your application is complete. You can also check the status of your application and a list of deficient items online through the BreEZe system, even if you applied by mail.

Please refer to the License Application Processing Times webpage for more information.

How long will it take me to get a license? What is the average timeframe?

Each application file is different and it depends on the particular issues involved for that specific file as to when the application will be approved for licensure. The application process may be longer when application volume is high, if the Board does not have all required documents necessary to complete your file, or there are unusual circumstances that require additional documentation and review. The greatest determining factor in completing a licensure file is the applicant’s ability to secure the items required. You are encouraged to submit your application materials early and to be proactive in prompting others to timely submit primary source documents necessary to complete the review of your file. To allow sufficient time for processing and remediating deficiencies, the Board strongly encourages applicants to submit their application online six months in advance.

The Board also encourages medical schools and training programs to submit documents through the Board’s Direct Online Certification Submission (DOCS) service, which allows the electronic submittal of application documents that are immediately received by the Board.

Certain Licensing Documents Must be Submitted Online Starting January 1, 2024

Please refer to the License Application Processing Times webpage for more information on timeframes.

Can the Board receive official documentation electronically?

Applicants can submit their application online through BreEZe Online Services and can attach the following documents:

Medical schools and postgraduate training programs can utilize the Board’s Direct Online Certification Submission (DOCS) portal. DOCS is a secure, fast, and reliable online document delivery system that allows medical schools and postgraduate training programs to submit primary-source licensing documents directly to the Board. DOCS will accept verification forms, official transcripts, certified copy of diplomas, letters of explanations, and much more. DOCS only accepts documents for applicants with an open application with the Board.

To request access to DOCS, the medical school or the postgraduate training program must submit a DOCS Portal Registration Form to the Board. Please allow at least five business days for processing.

Certain Licensing Documents Must be Submitted Online Starting January 1, 2024

The Board will accept electronic signatures from the third-party services listed on the Third-Party Services webpage.