Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine

Pennsylvania-Medical-License2601 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA  17110
P.O. Box 2649 (Mailing Address)
Harrisburg, PA  17105-2649
Phone: (717) 787-2381
Fax: (717) 787-7769
Chairperson: Carol E. Rose, M.D.


  • Application Fee: $35 (AMG)/$85 (IMG)
  • Background Check Fee : N/A
  • License Renewal: $360


  • Application process: 8-12 weeks minimum
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets the last week of each month. Files may need to be reviewed at the Board meeting on an individual basis. If the file does not need to go to the Board meeting, license will be issued within 48 hours of receiving all documentation if the file is approved.

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 6 months from the date it is received by the Board.
  • Interview: 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 attempt limit on steps I or II. 3 attempts on step III.
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 7 years of passing the first step.
  • PGY (AMG): 2 Years (only 1 year required if training was completed prior to 7/87)
  • PGY (IMG): 3 Years (only 1 year required if training was completed prior to 7/87)
  • SPEX/COMVEX: Not required.

I strongly recommend PLS for any physician applying for a medical license. The staff is extremely professional and courteous. In cases where applications may be complicated (i.e. previous licensure issues, gaps in history, foreign graduates, etc.), PLS has the experience to make your application process a rewarding one. As I have frequently told the staff, “PLS, you are the best!”
– Dr. B, Pennsylvania

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About Pennsylvania:

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The state borders Delaware and Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York and Ontario, Canada, to the north, and New Jersey to the east. The state’s four most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie. The state capital is Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania’s 2008 total gross state product of $553.3 billion ranks the state 6th in the nation. If Pennsylvania were an independent country, its economy would rank as the 18th largest in the world. Philadelphia in the southeast corner, Pittsburgh in the southwest corner, Erie in the northwest corner, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre in the northeast corner, and Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton in the east central region are urban manufacturing centers. Much of the Commonwealth is rural; this dichotomy affects state politics as well as the state economy. Philadelphia is home to six Fortune 500 companies, with more located in suburbs like King of Prussia; it’s a leader in the financial and insurance industry.
Pennsylvania has been known as the Keystone State since 1802, based in part upon its central location among the original Thirteen Colonies forming the United States, and also in part because of the number of important American documents signed in the state (such as the Declaration of Independence). It was also a keystone state economically, having both the industry common to the North (making such wares as Conestoga wagons and rifles) and the agriculture common to the South (producing feed, fiber, food, and tobacco). Another one of Pennsylvania’s nicknames is the Quaker State; in colonial times, it was known officially as the Quaker Province. “The Coal State”, “The Oil State”, “The Chocolate State”, and “The Steel State” were adopted when those were the state’s greatest industries.”The State of Independence” currently appears on many road signs entering the state.
* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of Pennsylvania, click here.


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