There are no reduced application fees paid to the IMLCC. However, a refund of the application fee is possible from the Texas Medical Board for those individuals who are active-duty military. To receive this refund, within the first 90 days after your license is issued you will need to submit to us a copy of your active military orders when requesting a refund of your application fee.
Can my application fee be refunded if I am determined to be ineligible for an LOQ or for licensure through the IMLCC?
No, these fees are non-refundable.
If I had a previous license in Texas that is no longer active, can I reactivate it through the IMLCC process?
If your previous license has the status of “cancelled non-payment” or “cancelled by request”, you may be able to use the IMLCC process to reactivate your Texas license. If your Texas license has any other status, the only way to reactivate your Texas license is to go through our regular relicensure process. Information on this process is available on our website at https://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/full-medical-license.
If I have an active application for Texas licensure, can I apply through the IMLCC instead?
If you choose to apply through the IMLCC, you would need to withdraw your original applicationfirst by submitting a completed Application Withdraw Form to Compact-General@tmb.state.tx.us. Once that has been received and processed, you can submit your application through the IMLCC.
As an already licensed Texas physician, are there any criteria in addition to what is required by the IMLCC that need to be met in order for Texas to issue me an LOQ?
No, there are no additional requirements or criteria. TMB staff may ask for additional documentation to assist with verifying the IMLCC criteria if we are not able to do so with available documentation in your original Texas licensure file.
What if I’m not Board certified yet? Can I apply for an LOQ before certification has been completed?
If you are not currently board certified, you would be able to have an LOQ issued once you obtain Board certification. Applications requesting an LOQ should not be submitted until Board certification has been obtained. If there are any other criteria you do not meet, you would not be eligible to have an LOQ issued.
What if I have a criminal history? Is there any remediation available?
Having the arrest expunged from your record would be the only potential remediation for this requirement. This would need to be completed before submission of your application. To be eligible for licensure through the IMLCC, a physician cannot have ever been convicted, or received adjudication, deferred adjudication, community supervision, or deferred disposition for any offense by a court of appropriate jurisdiction.
If I have completed graduate medical education training outside of the US, will I be eligible for an LOQ?
Graduate medical training must be ACGME or AOA accredited. Most programs outside of the US are not ACGME or AOA accredited, and as such, would not qualify for issuance of an LOQ. If you are unsure if your training is ACGME or AOA accredited, please visit the following websites, and reach out to the entity as needed.
Will I need to be fingerprinted to complete the LOQ process?
To ensure that individuals have a full criminal history background check, licensees may need to submit fingerprints for evaluation. Each request for an LOQ is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If fingerprints are required for evaluation, detailed instructions will be sent to the licensee by email.
Can I get a license through the IMLCC in another state if I hold a Texas physician license other than a full and unrestricted license?
No. An LOQ can only be issued to those individuals who hold a full and unrestricted license in Texas. If you hold any other type of license such as an Out-of-State Telemedicine, Administrative Medicine, or any other temporary/limited license, you are not eligible for an LOQ from Texas.
How long does it take to process an LOQ request?
The length of time it takes to issue an LOQ will typically take 30 to 60 days. A large volume of LOQ applications received may cause a delay in this timeframe. Additionally, if Board staff has asked the licensee for additional documentation to help verify the IMLCC criteria, how quickly the information is provided by the licensee will impact how long the LOQ process takes.
Does my LOQ request expire?
If additional information is requested from the licensee and no response has been received within 60 days from the date the application was received by the TMB from the IMLCC, the application will expire. Extension requests will not be processed.
Can my application be expedited?
There is no way for the licensure or LOQ process through the IMLCC to be expedited.
Can you tell me if I am eligible for an LOQ before I apply through the IMLCC?
No, TMB staff cannot review your file for eligibility before submission of an application. Individuals should do a self-determination of eligibility before applying. The eligibility requirements can be found on our website above.
Will passing the Canadian Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) count for the exam requirement?
No, the LMCC does not meet this requirement.
Am I eligible for the IMLCC expedited licensing if I do not currently have an active license?
No. The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) is a voluntary, expedited pathway to licensure for physicians who already hold a full, unrestricted medical license in a state that is a member of the Compact, and wish to practice in multiple states.
Are there any criteria in addition to what is required by the IMLCC for being licensed in Texas through this system?
There are no additional requirements to receive your license in Texas through the IMLCC. However, once your license has been issued, you will have 90 days to complete the Jurisprudence (JP) exam and the initial registration for your license which will include providing us with information that is statutorily required for us to have for your online physician profile. This includes a fee that is paid directly to the Texas Medical Board and can be completed online. More information regarding the initial registration and the associated fees can be found on our website at https://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/Licensing-Physician-App-and-Reg-Fees
What is the Jurisprudence (JP) exam?
The JP exam is an exam that is conducted on the licensing requirements and other laws, rules, or regulations applicable in this state. This exam must be completed before you can complete your initial registration. Both completion of the JP exam and the initial registration must be done within 90 days of your license being issued.
If I am determined ineligible for Texas licensure through this process, does that mean I am ineligible for a Texas license through the regular licensure process?
How long does it take to process a new application through the IMLCC?
Depending on the volume of applications received, the process typically takes approximately 2 weeks from the date the application is received by the Texas Medical Board from the IMLCC. Please note that a large volume of applications could cause a delay in this timeframe.
Is the license that is issued through the IMLCC a full license or are there restrictions attached?
Any Texas license issued through the IMLCC is a full, unrestricted Texas license.
What happens to my Texas license issued through the IMLCC if my State of Principal Licensure (SPL) has changed?
As long as you have redesignated your SPL through the IMLCC redesignation process, your Texas license will not be affected.
What happens to my Texas license issued through the IMLCC if my license from my SPL is cancelled or revoked?
If a license granted to a physician by the member board in the state of principal license is revoked, surrendered or relinquished in lieu of discipline, or suspended, then all licenses issued to the physician by member boards shall automatically be placed, without further action necessary by any member board, on the same status. If the member board in the state of principal license subsequently reinstates the physician's license, a license issued to the physician by any other member board shall remain encumbered until that respective member board takes action to reinstate the license in a manner consistent with the medical practice act of that state.
My new Texas License was just issued. How long do I have to take and pass the Jurisprudence (JP) exam and complete the initial registration of my new license?
The JP exam is available to take online through your “My TMB” account. The JP exam must be completed before you can complete your initial registration. Both completion of the JP exam and the initial registration must be done within 90 days of your license being issued to activate your license.
If you have ever had a My TMB/SSO account, access the system with your previous username and password. If you cannot remember your username and/or password, select the `Forgot Username` or Password link on the Login screen and follow the directions.
To create your account, follow the link above. After completing the security check, select `Create an Account`. Enter in your new TMB License number and verify the last 4 of your social security number and date of birth. You will need to enter and confirm your email address, which will be your username.
After you create your account, you will be required to create a password and establish security questions. Please be aware that your account contains confidential information, and should you disclose your username and password to other parties, those parties will have access to that confidential information.
I have already passed the JP exam as part of a previous application. Do I need to take the exam again?
If you have already taken and passed the Texas JP Exam for a previous Texas Physician Licensure application, you are not required to take it again. However, you will still be required to complete the initial registration within 90 days of your license being issued/re-issued.
I have passed the JP exam. But I can’t print a copy of my license. What am I missing?
Once your JP exam has been passed, and your record updated, you must complete your initial registration prior to having access to view, save or print a copy of your license. You can go online and pay the initial pro-rated registration fee with either a credit card or electronic check. You can begin the initial registration here.
If the information and FAQs provided above do not answer your questions, please contact us at Compact-General@tmb.state.tx.us. Staff will respond to your inquiry within 2-3 business days.