Washington Department of Health Medical Quality Assurance Commission
243 Israel Road SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
PO Box 47866 (Mailing Address)
Olympia, WA 98504-7866
Dept. of Health Revenue Section (Applications)
P.O. Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099
Phone: (360) 236-2750
Fax: (360) 236-2795
Executive Director: Maryella Jansen
- Application Fee: $500
- Background Check Fee : $35.25
- License Renewal: $675
- Application process: 12-16 weeks minimum
- Board Meetings: Files do not need to go to a Board Meeting for approval.
What you need to know:
- Expiration: Applications expire after 1 year from the date it is received by the Board.
- Interview: Not required.
- USMLE Attempt Limit: No attempt limit on steps I or II. 3 attempts on step III.
- USMLE Time Limit: No time limit; however, this is a 7 year/Sitting State. If applicant sits for step III in WA, the limit is 7 years.
- PGY (AMG): 2 Years (only 1 year required if applicant graduated before 7/28/85)
- PGY (IMG): 2 Years (only 1 year required if applicant graduated before 7/28/85)
- SPEX/COMVEX: Not required.
Order your Washington Medical License here:
Washington is in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located south of British Columbia, north of Oregon, and west of Idaho, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889.
Washington was named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, and is the only U.S. state named after a president. Washington is commonly called Washington state or occasionally the State of Washington to distinguish it from the U.S. capital. However, Washingtonians (residents of Washington) and many residents of neighboring states and Canadians from southern B.C. normally refer to the state simply as “Washington”, while usually referring to the nation’s capital as “Washington, D.C.” or simply “D.C.” Ironically the area was originally called “Columbia” after the Columbia River. However, it was thought this would cause confusion with the District of Columbia, so the area was renamed Washington.
The 2010 United States Census recorded the state’s population at 6,724,540. Approximately 60 percent of Washington’s residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, and industry along the Puget Sound region of the Salish Sea, an inlet of the Pacific consisting of numerous islands, deep fjords, and bays carved out by glaciers. The remainder of the state consists of deep rain forests in the west, mountain ranges in the west, center, northeast and far southeast, and a semi-arid eastern basin given over to intensive agriculture.
* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of Washington, click here.