Application & Instructions for Initial Licensure - Physicians

 

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS

     Click HERE to complete a previously started (and saved) online initial application.
     Click HERE to check the status of your completed online initial application.

To access a paper application, click HERE (available for a limited time).

 

The items listed below MUST be completed and mailed to the LSBME as part of the initial application process.

Oath or Affirmation
This form must be notarized.  All yes answers must be accompanied by a sworn affidavit.  A sworn affidavit is an explanation (in applicant’s own words) that must be typed and notarized.  Note: If criminal history is found that you did not disclose, you will be required to submit a new Oath or Affirmation, a notarized affidavit as to why you did not disclose the information and a new processing fee equal to the initial licensure fee.  It is important that you answer question 3 accurately and truthfully. Do not take the advice of friends, lawyer, etc.

Third Party Authorization
This form must be notarized.  It authorizes LSBME to obtain information concerning the applicant from third parties.

Statement of Legal Name
Record your name as it appears on each document listed that applies to you.  This form must also be completed by any person whose name is not the same as the name on the birth certificate.  This form must be notarized.

FCVS
You must complete the FCVS application in order to apply for licensure.

Background Check - NOTE: If you are a physician on a current LSBME training permit, you do not need to do another background check when applying for full licensure.
LSBME conducts background checks as part of the application process.  Instructions and forms can be downloaded from our website or materials can be requested by:

  • Mail: LSBME, Attn: CBC, 630 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 
  • E-Mail: lsbmecbc@lsbme.la.gov 
  • Phone: (504) 568-6820


Qualifications for Licensure - International Medical Graduates

  • Be at least 21 years of age and of good moral character;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or possess valid and current legal authority to reside and work in the United States duly issued by the commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service;
  • Possess a Doctor of Medicine degree duly issued by a medical school approved by the board.  This diploma must be in English; if not, must be accompanied by a certified translation into English;
  • Applicant must have completed three years of ACGME approved residency training in the United States or Canada in the same specialty;
  • Have taken and passed FLEX/USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3 or a combination thereof.(There is no limit on step 1, four on Step 2 and four on step 3).
  • Have taken and passed the ECFMG examination and have a valid certificate;
  • If a medical competency examination has not been taken within 10 years of application, the applicant must be board certified or re-certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties within the past ten years or the applicant must take and pass SPEX (Special Purpose Examination) administered through the Federation of State Medical Boards, Inc.

Qualifications for Licensure - U.S./Canadian Graduates

  • Be at least 21 years of age and of good moral character;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or possess valid and current legal authority to reside and work in the United States duly issued by the commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service;
  • Possess a Doctor of Medicine degree duly issued by a medical school approved by the Board.  The diploma must be in English.If not, must be accompanied by a certified translation into English;
  • Completed a year of ACGME approved internship training in the United States or Canada;
  • Have taken and passed either the state board examination, National Boards Parts 1, 2, and 3, FLEX, USMLE, COMLEX-USA, NBOME or a combination thereof.  (There is no limit on step 1, four on Step 2 and four on step 3).
  • If a medical competency examination has not been taken within 10 years of application, the applicant must be board certified or re-certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association within the past ten years or the applicant must take and pass SPEX (Special Purpose Examination) administered through the Federation of State Medical Boards, Inc or COMVEX-USA administered by the National Board of Osteopathic Examiners.

 

Additional Requirements

Fees
Fees must be paid via credit/debit card.  Fees are non-refundable.

  • Licensure- $382.00 (MD/DO). 

Birth Certificate/Valid Visa

  • U.S. born citizen - submit a notarized copy of birth certificate
  • U.S. citizen not U.S. born - submit notarized copy of proof of citizenship (ie certificate of citizenship or consular report of birth abroad).  Naturalized citizen - submit a notarized copy of birth certificate and original Certificate of Naturalization.
  • Non U.S. citizen - submit a notarized copy of birth certificate and original current Visa issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  (Acceptable Visas: H1B, J1, O1, NAFTA-TN or Employment Authorization, or Permanent Resident)

Marriage Certificate/Name Change
Application for licensure in a name other than what appears on the birth certificate requires a notarized copy of official documentation of name change (ie marriage certificate).

Notarization as a “true copy”
Request the notary to certify a copy of your birth certificate and/or marriage certificate as a “true and correct copy of the original”.  If the notary will not certify the document, you can attest that it is a “true and correct copy of the original”.  The notary can then notarize your signature.

Verification of Licenses in Other States
When possible, the LSBME staff will verify these licenses; not all states allow this.  In such cases, you will be notified via email.  Contact the state(s) before mailing the form as there may be a processing fee needed.

 

Other Information

Verification of Application/Licensure Status
Visit our website www.lsbme.la.gov and log on to your account to verify the progress/status of your application.

Communication with the Board
Mailing Address - LSBME, 630 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Questions - Contact our licensing department at (504) 568-6820 x 115 or licensing@lsbme.la.gov


Contact Addresses

Federation of State Medical Boards, Inc. (FSMB)
400 Fuller Wiser Road, Suite 300
Euless, TX 76039-3855
(817) 868-4000
Website: www.fsmb.org

Educational Council for Foreign Graduates (ECFMG)
3624 Market Street, Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685
(215) 386-5900

The National Board of Medical Examiners
3750 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3102
(215) 590-9500

The National Board of Osteopathic Examiners, Inc.
8765 West Higgins Rd, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60631-4101
(773) 714-0622

American Board of Medical Specialties
1007 Church Street, Suite 404
Evanston, IL 60201-5913
(847) 491-9091

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
630 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 568-6820