Applications - physicians

Physician initial license (full)

Limited license

Retired senior volunteer license

Special purpose license

License renewals

Reinstatement of inactive license/ACSC


Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

Physician initial license (full)

To request a licensure application package, please complete an Application Request Form.  There is a $20 charge for each package.

Your packet will be mailed out 3-5 business days after receipt of your request and check.

Requirements for a medical license in Alabama, including medical school, postgraduate training and examination requirements, can be found in Board Rules, Chapter 540-X-3.

Also see Understanding the License Application Process.

All information concerning requirements, fees, etc., is subject to change
without notice.  You should not rely wholly upon the information available
at this site -- the information sent with the application packet will be current
and is the information upon which you should rely.

The average time for obtaining a license is six to eight weeks, depending upon various factors such as how quickly medical schools/postgraduate training programs provide primary source verification, how quickly the criminal background check results are returned, etc.

Limited license

Board of Medical Examiners' Administrative Rules 540-X-3-.14 through .16 establish qualifications and procedures for limited licensure in Alabama for:

  • Individuals in approved residency training programs (license numbers L.####R [resident], L.####F [fellowship])
  • Visiting professors, distinguished professors and specialty professors at medical colleges (license numbers L.###SP [specialty professor], L.####DP [distinguished professor], L.####VP [visiting professor])
  • Individuals employed by state mental and penal institutions (license number L.####SI [state institution])

There are specific requirements that must be met prior to the issuance of a limited license.  Limited licenses are issued for one year only.  Physicians must apply to the Board to renew their limited certificates of qualification by January 1 of each year.

Retired senior volunteer license (license number RSV.###)

Section 34-24-75.1 of the Code of Alabama authorizes the Board to issue certificates of qualification to physicians meeting the requirement for participation in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (Volunteer Medical Professional Act (Ala. Code 6-5-660, et. seq. - scroll down to 6-5-660), without cost to the applicant.

The applicant is required to perform at least 100 hours of voluntary service annually and limit his or her practice to the confines of an established free medical clinic or other nonprofit organization or facilities in Alabama.

Administrative Rule 540-X-3-.23 provides the mechanism for application and issuance of the RSVP license. An application form and the form for the certification of the free medical clinic are available below.

Please note that physicians issued a license under the RSVP program remain subject to continuing medical education requirements.

Special purpose license (license number SP.###)

Board Rules, Chapter 540-X-16, special purpose license for the practice of medicine or osteopathy across state lines (telemedicine):

  • establishes requirements and procedures for applying
  • defines the practice of medicine or osteopathy across state lines
  • lists the qualifications for a special purpose license
  • lists procedures for issuing a special purpose license
  • Initial license fee is $175.00

To obtain an application for a special purpose license, please contact

License renewals

  • All licenses are issued for one calendar year and expire on December 31
  • License renewal reminder postcards are sent to address of record beginning in October
  • Online renewals are available and encouraged
  • Be sure the information provided is accurate
  • If you do not wish to renew, request "Active-Non Renewal by Request" status
  • To renew visit the ALBME Renewal Site.

Reinstatement of inactive license/(Q)ACSC


Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

See the official web page for Interstate Meidcal Licensure Compact

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