Frequently Asked Questions

For more information contact the Board of Medical Practice at 802-657-4223 or email tracy.hayes@vermont.gov

How long does it take to get a license or certification?

The average timeframe for the licensing/certification process is six to 12 weeks. Once the online application has been completed, and all required documentation has been received, the Board will approve the license/certification at the next scheduled board meeting.

  • If an applicant has answered "YES" to questions regarding malpractice, convictions, etc., the application will be reviewed by the Licensing Committee prior to presentation at the Board meeting. If the committee has questions, there may be a delay in the approval process.
Do I need to pay the application fee right away?

No, the fee can be submitted at any time, but it must be received in order for the application to be presented at the Board meeting.

The application will not be considered "complete" until payment has been received by the board. The fee is non-refundable.

Why can't I pay for my application on-line after I submitted it for review?

Once an application is submitted, credit card payments cannot be accepted or processed. Payment must be made by check, cash or money-order.

What is required for licensure?

Requirements for licensure as identified in statute are found in Title 26:

Physicians Chapter 23: Medicine

Physician Assistants Chapter 31, 1733
Podiatrists Chapter 7, 371

U.S. graduates must have at least one year of post graduate training in the U.S. at an ACGME-approved program. Foreign graduates must have at least three years of post graduate training in the U.S. at an ACGMS-approved program. Canada is acceptable as a U.S. program. Instructions and requirements for licensure are also found in the online system once an applicant has created an account.

I have a Physician Training license and want to apply for a Full license. What can I use out of my LTL file?

Nothing. Full licensure verifications require additional information.

What is included in the FCVS packet?

The FCVS will collect the verification portion of the medical school, post graduate training, specialty certificates, exam scores and birth certificate.

Your website states that you accept the Uniform Application (UA), but when I go to the US portal it states that you do NOT accept the UA.

The UA is incorporated into the Vermont online application, but the system does not pre-populate the application with the UA information. Applicants MUST enter the information into the system and complete the full application.

Will you accept my passport?

No. Passports are not an acceptable form of verification of identity. We only accept certified birth certificates or naturalization certificates from foreign applicants.

Why won't you send back my birth certificate?

We retain all original copies of all documents including birth certificates. Applicants have the option to send an original with their application and then have a certified copy sent to the office. Once we receive the certified copy, we will return the original.

What license verifications are required?

Verification of any license ever held, including active, inactive, training, temporary or limited, is required.

What is required for post-graduate training verification?

Direct verification from the post-graduate training is required. Research years do not require verification.

Medical School Question

If the applicant started at one school and received the MD from another school, direct verification will be required from both schools.

What are the acceptable medical schools?

To be eligible for a medical license in Vermont, applicants must have attended a medical school that is recognized by the California Medical Board. For a list of the approved medical schools, visit the California Medical Board. The list of Disapproved Medical Schools can also be found on the site. If an applicant has attended one of these schools before the disapproved date, he/she is eligible for a license. If the applicant attended one of these schools after the disapproved date, he/she is not eligible.

Statement of Good Standing

When considering what to select for the question about an applicants "Statement of Good Standing" in Vermont, select "yes" only if taxes are NOT owed. If taxes are owed, or there are any judgements, applicants are not eligible until those are paid. Applicants will be required to submit documentation of the written agreement with the tax department.

Child Support Question

When considering what to select for the answer regarding child support, select the option that best applies to you.

What is the AMA Profile?

Applicants must submit a request for an American Medical Association Profile to be sent directly to the board from the AMA. An AMA membership is not required, however this documentation is required for all applicants.

What is the NPDB self-query?

Effective September 1, 1990, the federal government opened the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), which was mandated by Congress to track regulatory board disciplinary actions, and certain actions resulting from peer review and malpractice payments. Applicants MUST submit a self-query request and send the original, unaltered response to the Board. Any specific questions about the process can be directed to the NPDB at 1-800-767-6732.

What do I need for reinstatement of my licensure?

Applicants seeking to reinstate their medical license must complete the Reinstatement Application in the online system. Medical School, post-graduate training, exam scores, birth certificate and FCVS information will NOT be required, but all licensure will need to be re-verified. For instructions and requirements, log into the online system and selected the Reinstatement Application.