South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners

110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202
P.O. Box 11289 (Mailing Address)
Columbia, SC  29211-1289
Phone: (803) 896-4500
Fax: (803) 896-4515
Administrator: Bruce Duke


  • Application Fee: $580
  • Background Check Fee : 54.25
  • License Renewal: $190


  • Application process: 3-4 months minimum
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets on a quarterly basis. Once the application is complete, a temporary license may be issued. The Board will then mail the temporary license along with documentation necessary to schedule an interview.

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 1 year from the date it is received by the Board.
  • FCVS: This Board requires an FCVS profile for the licensing process.
  • Interview: Required for all applicants.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • USMLE Attempt Limit: 3 attempts per step.
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 10 years of passing the first step.
  • PGY (AMG): 1 Year
  • PGY (IMG): 3 Years (only 1 year required if applicant has been licensed in another state for 10 years or is board certified)
  • SPEX/COMVEX: Required unless board certified/re-certified in the last 10 years. Will waive exam requirement if applicant has 150 CME hours in the last 3 years.

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About South Carolina:

South Carolina is a state in the Deep South that borders Georgia to the south and North Carolina to the north. Originally part of the Province of Carolina, the Province of South Carolina was one of the 13 colonies that declared independence from the British Crown during the American Revolution. The colony was originally named by King Charles II of England in honor of his father Charles I, as Carolus is Latin for Charles. South Carolina was the first state to vote to secede from the Union and was the founding state of the Confederate States of America. According to the 2010 United States Census, the state is ranked 24th among the U.S. states by population. South Carolina contains 46 counties and its capital is Columbia.
Of extended controversy has been the state’s display of the flags of the Confederate States of America, which was raised on the state capitol in 1962. The state capital is located directly next to the University of South Carolina campus, a move seen as a protest against the court-ordered desegregation of the schools. A lawsuit calling for the flag to be removed was filed in 1994. On July 1, 2000, South Carolina became the last state to remove the Confederate flag, placed there in 1962, during Democatic Governor Fritz Hollings term in office, from over its statehouse. The state Senate had approved a bill for its removal on April 12, 2000, by a margin of 36 to 7; the bill had specified that a Confederate flag be flown in front of the Capitol next to a monument honoring fallen Confederate soldiers. Debate was more heated in the state House of Representatives, which passed the bill on May 18, 2000, by a margin of only 66 to 43, after including a measure’s ensuring that the Confederate flag by the monument be 30 feet high. The flag by the monument continues to fuel a cause for controversy, by the NAACP. The NAACP maintains an economic boycott of the state of South Carolina. The NCAA refuses to allow South Carolina to host NCAA athletic events whose locations are determined in advance. On July 6, 2009, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced a decision to move three future baseball tournaments out of South Carolina, citing concerns by the NAACP over the continuing state-sponsored display of the Confederate flag.

South Carolina is composed of four geographic areas whose boundaries roughly parallel the Atlantic coastline. In the southeast part of the state is the Coastal Plain, which can be divided into the Outer and Inner Coastal Plains. From north to south the coast is divided into three separate areas, the Grand Strand, the Santee River Delta, and the Sea Islands. Further inland are the Sandhills, ancient dunes from what used to be South Carolina’s coast millions of years ago. The Fall Line, which marks the limit of navigable rivers, runs along the boundary of the Sandhills and the Piedmont, which has rolling hills and clay soils. In the northwest corner of the state are the Blue Ridge Mountains, the smallest geographical region in the state.
* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of South Carolina, click here.


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