Welcome to Maine. We are pleased you've chosen to apply for a license to practice medicine here.
In response to the challenges presented by the novel COVID-19 virus, the Governor has issued an Executive Order that allows the Board to expedite the licensure of certain healthcare providers who want to provide services related to COVID-19 during the period of the emergency. These include:
- Allowing the expedited licensure (at no cost) of qualified retired physicians and physician assistants to provide assistance for the duration of the emergency (COVID-19 Emergency Application PDF); and
- Allowing the expedited licensure (at no cost) of qualified physicians and physician assistants licensed in other jurisdictions to provide assistance for the duration of the emergency(COVID-19 Emergency Application PDF).
In addition, the Governor’s Executive Order allows the Board to extend current expiration dates (including CME) and suspends the requirement of supervision or collaboration for physician assistants for the duration of the emergency.
Maine is now participating in the FSMB Uniform Application process. This means that there is now one place to apply for your Maine Permanent Medical License.
Please review the State of Maine Requirements for Medical Licensure (PDF) before you start the application. Also, please be aware that Maine requires credentials verification by the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS). Click on the "Start Here" link in the picture below to begin your FCVS credentials verification and/or your Uniform Application for licensure.
Online Exam For MD Applicants: If you are applying for any license other than the Interstate Telemedicine Consultation Registration, there is a written test given as part of the licensure process. The exam is online here. Upon its completion, a certificate will be immediately available to you. Preview the exam review materials (PDF) and we encourage you to download and review them prior to taking the test. You must get an initial score of at least 75% to pass.
The exam must be taken every four years.
Licenses must be renewed every two years.
Licensees born in even-numbered years must renew their licenses by the last day of their birth month every even-numbered year.
Licensees born in odd-numbered years must renew their licenses by the last day of their birth month every odd-numbered year.
MDs with existing licenses that are due for renewal can renew their license online
Administrative License - Please use the FSMB Uniform Application
"A License Limited to the Practice of Administrative medicine" means:
- A. professional managerial or administrative activities related to the practice of medicine or to the delivery of health care services, but does not include the practice of clinical medicine; and/or,
- B. medical research (excluding clinical trials on humans).
If the physician's job does not include any act as defined in this rule as "clinical medicine", a License Limited to the practice of Administrative Medicine is required.
Camp License - Please use the FSMB Uniform Application for initial application and the Camp Renewal for subsequent years
Camp Licenses are used for physicians working in Summer Camps.
Consultative Telemedicine Registration Regulation - Please use the FSMB Uniform Application
For the purposes of this section, "telemedicine" as it pertains to the delivery of the health care services, means the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation or treatment. "Telemedicine" does not include the use of audio-only telephone facsimile machine or e-mail.
A physician with a Consultative telemedicine Registration may not open an office in this State, does not meet with patients in this State, does not receive calls in this State from patients and agrees to provide only consultative services as requested by a physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant licensed in this State and the physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant licensed in this State retains ultimate authority over the diagnosis, care and treatment of the patient.
Educational Certificates - Please use the FSMB Uniform Application
Educational Certificates are used to apply to practice in a residency program.
This license is site specific
Emergency (100 day) License - Please use the FSMB Uniform Application
A physician who presents a full, current, active, unconditioned license from another U.S. licensing jurisdiction and who can provide reasonable proof of meeting qualifications for licensure in Maine may, without examination, be granted a temporary license for a period not to exceed 100 days, when the board deems it necessary to provide relief for declared local emergencies or for other appropriate reasons as determined by the Board. The fee for this temporary license shall be $400 (plus the $700 permanent application fee), payable at the time of application.
This license is site specific
Emeritus - Please use the Online Renewal System
You may apply for an Emeritus License if you currently have a Permanent, Administrative, or Volunteer license in Maine. An Emeritus License is a license issued to a qualified physician who is licensed in Maine and has retired from the active practice of medicine and does not render medical services or prescribe any medications. This license does not allow the clinical practice of medicine.
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact - Please go to http://www.imlcc.org/ for directions.
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact allows physicians who meet certain criteria to obtain an expidited permanent license in Maine. The Compact also allows Maine licensed physicians who meet certain criteria to obtain expedited licenses in compact states.
The Compact requires that an applicant for licensure submit fingerprints or other biometric-based information for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the agency responsible for retaining Maine’s criminal records. 32 M.R.S. 3275-A.
Instructions for Maine Physicians: Register for fingerprinting online at https://me.ibtfingerprint.com/. If you do not register, you will not be able to have your fingerprints taken. There is a one-time fee for this process. A Letter of Qualification will not be issued until the results of the criminal background check have been received.
Reinstatement - Please use the Reinstatement Application
You may apply for a reinstatement if your license has lapsed or if you have withdrawn your license within the last five years. Please download the appropriate form and follow the attached instructions.
To be eligible to reinstate your license you will have to provide evidence of having actively engaged in the practice of medicine for the 12 months preceding the reinstatement application, or you will have to demonstrate current competency by passing a written examination or other practical demonstration as the Board may prescribe. You will also have to provide evidence of having achieved at least 40 category I CME credits in the prior 24 months.
Temporary License - Please use the Temporary Application
Any physician who is qualified under 32 MRSA, section 3275 may, without examination, be granted a temporary license for a period of time up to 6 months. That license may be extended for up to 6 months, but may not exceed one year, when the board deems it necessary to provide relief for local or national emergencies or for situations in which there are insufficient physicians to supply adequate medical services, including Locum Tenens needs.
This license is site specific
Volunteer Conversion/Renewal - Please use the Volunteer Application
The physician has retired or is retiring from the active practice of medicine and wishes to donate his or her expertise for the medical care and treatment of indigent and needy patients in the clinic setting of clinics organized, in whole or in part, for the delivery of health care services without charge.
|Medical Doctor (MD)|
|MD License Application||$600||Both application fee (600) and examination fee (100) due with application - total $700|
|Initial Jurisprudence Exam||$100||Both application fee (600) and registration fee (100) due with application - total $700|
|MD Temporary License Application (6 months)||$400||ONE RENEWAL OF 6 MONTHS (no cost if requested within 1 year) 365 DAY TOTAL Site Specific|
|MD Emergency 100 Day License||$400||No Renewals - Site Specific|
|MD Educational Certificate / Accredited Internship or Residency||$300||FOR 3 YEARS. May be prorated for 2nd / 3rd year initial applicants Site Specific|
|MD Camp Physician License||$100||Good only for named camp and specified dates|
|MD Consultative Telemedicine||$500||Renewed Biennially|
|MD License Renewal Biennially||$500||$500 expiration 4/30/2012 or later|
|MD License Renewal Late Fee||$100||Application received incomplete and/or after deadline|
|MD Volunteer Status||$50||Renewed Biennially|
|MD Emeritus License||$0||Renewed Biennially|
|MD License Reinstatement from Withdrawn Status||$550||Reinstatement fee $50 + current renewal fee $500|
|MD License Reinstatement from Lapsed Status||$600||Reinstatement fee $50 + current renewal fee $500 + late fee $50|