The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact offers a new, voluntary expedited pathway to licensure for qualified physicians who wish to practice in multiple states. The IMLC mission is to increase access to health care for patients in underserved or rural areas and allowing them to more easily connect with medical experts through the use of telemedicine technologies. While making it easier for physicians to obtain licenses to practice in multiple states, the Compact strengthens public protection by enhancing the ability of states to share investigative and disciplinary information.
The IMLC is an agreement between 22 states and the 29 Medical and Osteopathic Boards in those states. Under this agreement licensed physicians can qualify to practice medicine across state lines within the Compact if they meet the agreed upon eligibility requirements. Approximately 80% of physicians meet the criteria for licensure through the IMLC.
The Application process is expedited by leveraging the physicians existing information previously submitted in their state of principal license (SPL). The SPL will verify the physicians information and conduct a fresh background check. Once qualified the Physician may select any number of Compact states for which they desire to practice.
The FBI Issue
Public Law 92-544 was passed by Congress in 1972 and authorizes the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct criminal background checks. A state may request a criminal background check provided the state has passed legislation, in this case an enabling statute, that fulfills the requirements established by the Department of Justice. Read More.