Arkansas State Medical Board

Arkansas-Medical-License1401 W. Capitol, Suite 340
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: (501) 296-1802
Fax: (501) 296-1972


  • Application process: 8-12 weeks minimum (if no irregularities)
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets every other month – February, April, June, August, October, & December. All documents must be received & reviewed one month prior to the meeting.

What you need to know:

  • Application Expiration: The application expires after 1 year from when it is received at the Board.
  • Interview: Required for all International applicants, applicants with affirmative answers on the application, & applicants practicing Telemedicine. The Board may also require the applicant to attend a personal interview when, for instance, 1) the applicant has committed any acts constituting grounds for denial of license 2) the Board is in receipt of information requiring additional information or explanation from the applicant and 3) the applicant’s application is incomplete or requires further explanation.
  • FCVS: The Arkansas Board does NOT accept FCVS.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • USMLE/COMLEX Attempt Limit: 3 attempts per step.
  • USMLE/COMLEX Time Limit: Must complete all steps within 7 years of passing the first step; 10 years for MD/PhD candidates.
  • PGY (AMG): 1 Year (ACGME accredited only)
  • PGY (IMG): 3 Years (ACGME accredited only); 1 year if enrolled at the University of Arkansas
  • SPEX: N/A

Thank you for all your help with the Arkansas Board. I don’t think I would ever have had the patience to do the research required to obtain all the records, some of which were as many as forty years old! Your professional service saved me literally hours and hours of time-consuming letter-writing, not to mention the hair-pulling frustration of dealing with the bureaucracy of record keeping and preservation. Your service is worth every penny and, in the future, I would never attempt to deal with licensing boards without your help.
– Dr. JC, Arkansas

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About Arkansas:

Arkansas is located in the southern region of the United States. Its name is an Algonquian name of the Quapaw Indians. Arkansas shares a border with six states (clockwise: N: Missouri; E: Tennessee, Mississippi; S: Louisiana; W: Texas, Oklahoma) with its eastern border largely defined by the Mississippi River. Its diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozarks and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River. The capital and most populous city is Little Rock, located in the central portion of the state.
The name “Arkansas” derives from the same root as the name for the state of Kansas. The Kansas tribe of Native Americans are closely associated with the Sioux tribes of the Great Plains. The word “Arkansas” itself is a French pronunciation (“Arcansas”) of a Quapaw (a related “Kaw” tribe) word “akakaze” meaning “land of downriver people” or the Sioux word “Akakaze” meaning “people of the south wind”. The pronunciation of Arkansas was made official by an act of the state legislature in 1881, after a dispute between the two U.S. Senators from Arkansas.
Arkansas is home to a dozen Wilderness Areas totaling around 150,000 acres. These areas are set aside for outdoor recreation and are open to hunting, fishing, hiking, and primitive camping. No mechanized vehicles are allowed in these areas, some of which are rarely visited and can provide a good experience of feeling as if you are the only person to have ever stepped foot there.
* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of Arkansas, click here.


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