South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners

South-Dakota-Medical-License101 North Main Avenue
Suite 301
Sioux Falls, SD  57104
Phone: (605) 367-7781
Fax: (605) 367-7786
Executive Director: Margaret B. Hansen, PA-C, MPAS


  • Application Fee: $200
  • Background Check Fee : $43.25 check only to SD Division of Criminal Investigations
  • License Renewal: $200


  • Application process: 6-8 weeks minimum
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets at least twice a year. Not all files are required to go to the Board meeting. Once the file is determined as complete by the Board, a license can be issued.

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 4 months from the date it is received by the Board.
  • Interview: Not required for all applicants. Some applicants may be required to be interviewed or submit a background check after the initial review. 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: 3 attempts per step.
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 7 years of passing the first step; 10 years for MD/PhD dual degree.
  • PGY (AMG): successful completion of a residency program which is 3 Years or more. (less required if applicant completed training & obtained a license prior to 7/87)
  • PGY (IMG): Same as PGY (AMG)
  • SPEX/COMVEX: Not required.

Order your South Dakota Medical License here:

About South Dakota:

South Dakota is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. Once a part of Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. The state has an area of 77,116 square miles and an estimated population of just over 800,000. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of nearly 160,000, is South Dakota’s largest city.
South Dakota is bordered by the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. The state is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing South Dakota into two geographically and socially distinct halves, known to residents as “East River” and “West River“. Eastern South Dakota is home to most of the state’s population, and fertile soil in this area is used to grow a variety of crops. West of the Missouri, ranching is the predominant agricultural activity, and the economy is more dependent on tourism and defense spending. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains, is located in the southwest part of the state. The Black Hills are sacred to the Sioux. Mount Rushmore, a major tourist destination, is located there. Other attractions in the southwest include Badlands and Wind Cave national parks, Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and historic Deadwood. South Dakota experiences a temperate continental climate, with four distinct seasons and precipitation ranging from moderate in the east to semi-arid in the west. The ecology of the state features species typical of a North American grassland biome.
Humans have inhabited the area for several millennia, with the Sioux becoming dominant by the early 19th century. In the late 19th century, European-American settlement intensified after a gold rush in the Black Hills and the construction of railroads from the east. Encroaching miners and settlers caused conflict that triggered a number of Indian Wars, ending with the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. Key events in the 20th century included the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, increased federal spending during the 1940s and 50s for agriculture and defense, and an industrialization of agriculture which has much reduced family farming. While several Democratic senators have represented South Dakota for multiple terms at the federal level, the state government is largely dominated by the Republican Party, whose nominees have carried South Dakota in each of the most recent eleven presidential elections. Historically dominated by an agricultural economy and a rural lifestyle, South Dakota has recently sought to diversify its economy to attract and retain residents. It is still largely rural and has the fifth-lowest population density among U.S. states. South Dakota’s history and rural character still strongly influence the culture of the state.
* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of South Dakota, click here.


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