The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC)

The Latest on Multi-state Medical Licenses – and How We Can Help

Your ability to quickly make changes in your physician career continues to improve with the expansion of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, or IMLC. 

Initially launched in April 2017, this physician compact expedites the licensing process for working in multiple states, saving precious time and expanding access to care. Instead of waiting for months—or even up to a year in certain states—physicians can now quickly cross state lines and work in physician compact member states in as little as two weeks.

An IMLC license opens up numerous possibilities: caring for patients in adjoining states, serving as a telemedicine physician, or traveling to another part of the country for locum tenens assignments.

Participation in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact is voluntary, and interested physicians must meet several  eligibility criteria. Applications can be submitted through a physician’s State of Principal Licensure (SPL); once approved, a physician will receive a Letter of Qualification (LOQ).  

Which states are part of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact?

2020 Apr IMLC Map Update

Map provided by the IMLC Commission; used with permission.

As of April 1, 2020 there are 29 states plus the District of Columbia and the Territory of Guam that have enacted legislation to join the physician compact. They include*:

The states currently issuing Letters of Qualification (LOQ) as a physician’s State of Principal Licensure (SPL) and issuing medical licenses to LOQ holders include: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming. The U.S. Territory of Guam is also issuing LOQs and licenses.

Two additional states, Kentucky, Pennsylvania plus the District of Columbia, have agreed to the IMLC terms, but implementation of the compact is currently in process or has been delayed.

Several states are poised to join the physician compact in the near future, including Missouri, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island which recently introduced IMLC legislation.

FIND LOCUM JOBS  in these compact states and others across the U.S. 

Our Recruiters Are Standing by to Help

The recruiters at Locum Leaders are eager to help you get started on your IMLC license. Remember, the sooner you become licensed in one of the states that are accepting applications, the sooner you can gain access to work in other compact states. And, if you complete our short form today, we may be able to pay for your license. Get started now.

Learn More about the Physician Compact

Click on the image below to watch a video on this expanding physician compact, or visit the IMLC website for the latest updates.

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