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Iowa Medical License

David Ivaniuk • 24 August 2023 (updated)

License Requirements

  • Medical School Verification & Transcripts
  • Postgraduate Training Verification
  • ECFMG Certification
  • AMA/AOA Profile
  • Criminal Background Check
  • FCVS & Uniform Application
  • Average Processing Time: 2-3 months

Training Requirements

  • 6 attempts at both USMLE Steps 1 and 2 and COMLEX Levels 1 and 2
  • 3 attempts at USMLE Step 3 and COMLEX Level 3
  • 3 years of approved postgraduate training if outside the attempt limit
  • 1 year, 2 years IMG Minimum Postgraduate Training Required
  • 10 years to complete USMLE or COMLEX
  • 10 years for MD/PhD or DO/PhD candidates.
  • Board certification by ABMS or AOA is required if the specified time period is not met.

Iowa Medical Board Contact Info

Iowa Medical License Application

To apply for a medical license in Iowa, you need to complete an online application form and submit it to the Board of Medicine. You will be asked to provide information about your personal and professional background, such as your education, training, work experience, malpractice history, criminal record, and disciplinary actions. The application fee varies depending on the type of license you’re applying for:

Supporting documents that you need to submit include a copy of your birth certificate or passport and a recent passport-sized photo. Verifications of the following are also required:

  • Medical degree
  • Postgraduate training
  • Board certification or eligibility
  • Other medical licenses
  • National examination scores
  • Identity and credentials from the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) or Nursys
  • Controlled substances registration

Iowa Medical Board License Renewal

MD or DO licenses must be renewed every two years, with the expiration date based on your date of birth. The renewal fee is $450, and 40 hours of continuing medical education (CME) are required.

Resident, special, or temporary licenses should be renewed annually on June 30 of each year.

Physician Assistants need to renew their licenses every two years. The expiration date of your license is December 31 of odd-numbered years.

For RNs, LPNs, or ARNPs, licenses expire every three years based on the first letter of your last name. The renewal fee is $99. Nurses are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education (CE).

Nurses with a temporary permit must renew once within six months after issuance.

Iowa Telemedicine License

Physicians and physician assistants who use telemedicine to diagnose and treat patients in IO must hold an active IO license. Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses must also hold an active license issued by the board or possess an active privilege to practice under the nurse licensure compact.

Iowa Medical License Lookup

You can verify the status of a healthcare provider’s license in Iowa through the following resources:

These websites are updated in real-time and are free of charge. They allow you to verify a licensee’s name, license number, city, county, or specialty. Disciplinary actions and orders against a licensee can also be viewed.

Expedite Iowa Medical License

To expedite your Iowa medical license application from another state, you can apply through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). You will need to provide information about your personal and professional background and pay a non-refundable fee of $700.

To obtain an Iowa physician assistant license from another state, you can apply through the Physician Assistant Compact (PAC).

Iowa Medical Licensing Service

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FAQs About Iowa Medical Licenure

  • How do I apply for a medical license in Iowa?
    To apply for a medical license in Iowa, you must complete two online application systems: the Uniform Application (UA) and the State-Specific Addendum. The UA is a common application used by multiple states to collect personal and professional information, while the State Specific Addendum is a supplementary application that requires additional information specific to the Board of Medicine. You must also pay a non-refundable fee and provide proof of your education, training, examination results, English proficiency, mental and physical health condition, and any criminal background. Detailed information and instructions are available on the Board of Medicine’s website.
  • How long does it take to get a medical license in Iowa?
    The processing time depends on the applicant and the completeness of the application. On average, it takes between 60 to 90 days. However, delays can occur due to incomplete or incorrect information, missing documents, verification delays, or issues with the background check. The busiest time of the year for the board is March through July, so processing times may be longer than usual during that period.
  • How much is a medical license in Iowa?
    The application fee is a nonrefundable $495, which must be paid to process the application. The license fees are due after the application is approved. Fees may change periodically, so it is advisable to check the Board of Medicine’s website for the most current information.
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