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Texas Medical License

David Ivaniuk • 5 April 2023 (updated)

License Requirements for MDs and DOs

  • Medical School Verification and Transcripts
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores
  • Postgraduate Training Verification
  • NPDB Self-Query
  • Background Check
  • Medical Jurisprudence Exam (MJPE)
  • Employment History Verification
  • Average Processing Time: 3-4 months

Training Requirements

  • Texas Accepts FCVS
  • 1-year postgraduate training for US graduates
  • 2 years of postgraduate training for IMG
  • 7 years+ to complete the USMLE or COMLEX
  • 3 attempts at each USMLE Step or COMLEX Level

Texas Medical Board Info

Training Requirement Exceptions

Applicants who held or had an active application for a Texas Physician in Training permit on September 1, 2005, or who were previously in good standing in a different state for at least five years with no restrictions, orders, or probation, may be eligible for training exceptions.

Medical License Background Check

This process takes between six to eight weeks on average time, so it’s important to factor in this timeline when planning your license application. You need to submit fingerprints and answer questions about your practice history, including any prior criminal or disciplinary actions, as well as any allegations of medical malpractice.

2-Stage Application Process

Stage 1: Pre-licensure

Submit all the documents required at the Lacking Reasons tab on the Licensing Information System (LIST). Completing the pre-licensure stage of the application process doesn’t guarantee that you’re eligible for licensure.

Stage 2: Licensing

Your licensing analyst will communicate with you through the LIST and request any additional items needed. The processing time for each application will vary, but on average, it takes about 41 days to complete the stage.

Temporary License Requirements

  • Pending application for a regular license in Texas
  • Sponsorship by a Texas-licensed physician or hospital
  • Valid license from another state or country
  • Background check

Typically valid for up to 90 days, can be extended. A Physician Temporary permit must be submitted 30 days before entering the state.

Requirements for Obtaining a License by Reciprocity

  • Current and active licensure in another state
  • 1+ years of practice
  • Criminal background check
  • Medical Jurisprudence Exam (MJPE)
  • CME requirements
  • Proof of liability insurance

DEA Registration Requirements

DEA registration must be renewed every three years. To obtain it you’ll need a current and active medical license. You must also have a valid DPS controlled substances registration.

Learn more about DEA Registration.

License Requirements for Physician Assistants (PAs)

  • PA Program Verification and Transcripts
  • PANCE or PANRE Scores
  • Background Check
  • Physician Assistant Jurisprudence Exam (TPAJE)

Average processing time: 3-4 months

License Requirements for RNs and LVNs

  • Nursing Education Program Verification and Transcripts
  • NCLEX (RNs) or NCLEX-PN (LVNs) Scores
  • Background Check
  • TNJE

Average processing time: 4-6 weeks

License Requirements for APRNs

  • Valid RN license or eNLC RN license
  • Advanced practice nursing educational program
  • National certification in the role and population focus area congruent with your APRN educational preparation.
  • 400 hours of practice or completed APRN educational program within the last 24 calendar months

Texas License for International Medical Graduates

If you’re an International Medical Graduate, you’ll need to ensure that your medical school is on the substantial equivalence list. However, if your school isn’t on the substantial equivalence list yet, you can still apply by submitting Z-Pack documentation.

CME Requirements

  • Physician Licensure: 48 hours of CME every 2 years, including at least 2 hours of medical ethics and 2 hours of pain management and prescribing practices.
  • Physician Assistants: 40 hours every 2 years. At least half of these hours must be in category 1 or 1A courses.
  • Nurses: 20 hours of CNE every 2 years or achieve, maintain, or renew an approved national nursing certification.

Texas Medical License Lookup

The TMB provides a convenient online tool to look up license information for physicians, physician assistants, acupuncturists, medical radiological technologists, non-certified radiologic technicians, respiratory care practitioners, medical physicists, and perfusionists. It lets you quickly verify the license status, educational background, and disciplinary history of any licensed healthcare professional.

Texas Medical License Lookup

How Our Physician Licensing Service Can Help You

We understand the complicated structure of the Texas licensure application process and can assist you in navigating the procedure with ease. We provide a variety of services, such as initial applications, renewals, and multi-state licensing, all of which are customized to your specific requirements. So, that you could forget about inadequate or incorrect paperwork, late submissions, and unexpected challenges.

FAQ About Texas Medical Licensure

  • How to get a Texas medical license?
    Physicians must meet specific requirements set by the Texas Medical Board, including completing medical education and residency training, passing the USMLE or COMLEX, submitting a license application, undergoing a criminal background check, passing the Medical Jurisprudence Exam, and fulfilling CME and liability insurance requirements. Additional requirements may apply depending on the applicant’s circumstances.
  • How long does it take to get a Texas medical license?
    The average processing time for a physician application is 45 to 90 days from the date the Board receives all required documents and fees from physician applicants.
  • How hard is it to get a Texas medical license?
    Obtaining a Texas medical license requires meeting specific requirements set by the medical board, which can be a lengthy and detailed process. However, it is achievable. The difficulty may vary depending on applicants’ circumstances and the completeness of the documentation submitted.
  • How much does it cost to get a Texas medical license?
    You’ll need to pay an initial registration fee of $817, plus registration fees for the license itself, which can be paid for either one or two years. On top of that, there are additional fees for the Jurisprudence Exam ($34), criminal history check ($100), and fingerprinting ($38.25). You may also need to provide documentation that incurs additional fees, such as the NPDB report ($4) and FCVS report ($375).
  • Do I need an FCVS profile?
    We strongly suggest use of the FCVS profile for the foreign medical graduates unless you can send the verification form to the medical school yourself. FCVS is also benefitial if you are planning on applying for a multiple state medical licenses since it expedites the verification process. For some states FCVS profile use is a mandatory requirement.
  • How do I renew my Texas medical license?
    Keep in mind that licenses expire every two years. To renew, you’ll need to attest to compliance with Board rules and complete an online questionnaire. The renewal process typically opens around two months before your license expiration date. You’ll receive an email notification reminding you to renew your license and providing instructions on how to do so.
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