Illinois Department of Professional Regulation

Illinois-Medical-License320 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL  62786
P.O. Box 7007 (Mailing Address)
Springfield, IL  62791
Phone: (217) 785-0800
Fax: (217) 782-7645
Director: Donald Seasock


  • Application Fee: $700 (plus $5 for CSR)
  • Background Check Fee : N/A
  • License Renewal: $300


  • Application process: 12-18 weeks
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets on a monthly basis with Disciplinary Board meetings held more freqently between full Board meetings. Licenses are issued weekly upon completion of the final review of a file.

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 3 years from the date it is received by the Board.
  • Interview: Not required. The Board may 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • USMLE Attempt Limit: No more than 5 failed attempts for all steps.
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 7 years of passing the first step.
  • PGY (AMG): 2 Years (1 year if completed before 1988)
  • PGY (IMG): 2 Years (1 year if completed before 1988)
  • SPEX/COMVEX: No (Exception*)
    * Only required if NBME was taken prior to 1/1/64, FLEX prior to 6/1/68, NBOME prior to 6/1/73, LMCC prior to 5/1/70, or a State Exam was taken & the applicant is not Board certified.

We ordered 5 licenses from PLS and 5 licenses from one of their competitors 2 weeks earlier. With PLS, 3 out of the 5 licenses were issued (with the remaining 2 just awaiting interview & final board review) while the other company hadn’t even issued one! We were so disappointed with this other company, that we ordered 5 completion services with PLS to clean up their competitor’s mess.
– AW, American Imaging Management, Illinois

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About Illinois:

Illinois is the fifth-most populous state of the United States of America, and is often noted for being a microcosm of the entire country. It is the most populous state in the Midwest region; however with 65% of its residents concentrated in the Chicago metropolitan area, most of the state has either a rural or a small town character. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a broad economic base. Illinois is an important transportation hub; the Port of Chicago connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River via the Illinois River, and for decades, O’Hare International Airport has ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. As the “most average state,” Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

In the 1810s, settlers began arriving from Kentucky; in 1818 Illinois achieved statehood. The state filled up from south to north. Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan. Railroads and John Deere‘s invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois’ rich prairie into some of the world’s most productive and valuable farmlands, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. By 1900, the growth of industrial jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars. The Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to Chicago, established a large community that created the city’s famous jazz and blues cultures.

Three U.S. Presidents have been elected while living in Illinois — Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. The only President actually born and raised in Illinois was Ronald Reagan, although in his adult life he became associated with California and was living there at the time of his election to the presidency. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan, Land of Lincoln, which is displayed on its license plates.

* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of Illinois, click here.


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