State Medical Board

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to expedite the processing time for applications for licensure, the Alaska board participates in the following programs for state license verifications and credentials verifications.

  • VeriDoc, Inc.
    All states require physicians verify all past and current licenses ever held when applying for a license in another state.
    VeriDoc provides the electronic exchange of your license data. There are 21 state licensing boards that are registered with VeriDoc to provide their license information. Those states participating in VeriDoc are listed on their website. All other states will accept verifications provided by VeriDoc.
  • Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS)
    The Federation of State Medical Boards offers a credentials verification service that provides a permanent repository for your credentials, improves portability, and serves as a primary source verification. For more information call (888) ASK-FCVS (888.275.3287)

Address of Record

Item 8 of the application asks for your preferred address of record. This is the address to which you would like us to send all communications to you including your permit or license. Please do not use third party addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses as this creates difficulties when we are trying to reach you.

Application for Licensure by Credentials

The Alaska State Medical Board may waive the written examination requirement and license an applicant by credentials if you hold an active license issued after written examination in another state or territory or the United States or province of Canada. Such examination must be equivalent to the USMLE examination series or have passed the following examinations with at least a minimum passing score as defined by regulation (12 AAC 40.020): the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX), or the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME).

Application for Licensure by Examination

The Alaska State Medical Board offers the USMLE Step 3 examination and has contracted with the Federation of State Medical Boards for the administration of the examination on our behalf. To request examination information, please call or write to the Federation at:

United States Medical Licensing ExaminationTM (USMLE) Step 3
The Federation of State Medical Boards
Post Office Box 619850
Dallas TX 75261-9850
(800) USMLE-XM or (817) 868-4000

Application Status Updates

Our licensing examiner will send you a written status update upon the initial screening of the application.

Certified True Copies

To obtain a certified true copy, take the original document to a notary public so he/she may compare the original to the photocopy of the document. The notary must write “I certify this to be a true copy of the original document.” on the photocopy and attest to the fact by signing and notarizing the document.

Completion of the Application Forms

Help us do a good job processing your application: type or print legibly all application documents. Please read the instructions and give careful thought before answering the questions in the application - remember - you are certifying that the information is truthful and correct. Make sure all notary seals are properly affixed on the application and all documentation has been properly certified as required. Provide all documents requested in the application; incomplete applications will delay processing.

Each question in the application must be answered. Attach separate sheets of paper, labeled with your name and signed by you, for any question for which you have provided a YES response

Failure to answer all questions completely and accurately, or the omission or falsification of information may be cause for denial of your application or disciplinary action if you are subsequently permitted by the board. WHEN IN DOUBT, DISCLOSE ALL INFORMATION OR CALL OUR OFFICE.

Confidentiality

The contents of licensing files are generally considered public records. If you believe that the additional information you are attaching to explain a “yes” answer should be considered confidential, state that in the attachment. A request for confidentiality may or may not be granted.

Continuing Medical Education Requirement

Alaska law requires an average of 25 hours of Category I AMA- or AOA-approved continuing education hours for each year of the licensing period (two-year licensing cycle). At the time of renewal, the licensee must attest to compliance with the CME requirements. After renewal is completed, the division will perform a computer-generated random audit of licensees who will be required to provide proof of CME courses. Please see regulations 12 AAC 40.200, 210, and 220.

DEA Clearance Reports

You are required to request a clearance report from the Drug Enforcement Administration for your DEA registration. Use the form provided in this packet and send your request to:

Drug Enforcement Administration
400 Second Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119-4013

Denial of License

The denial of an application for licensure may be reported to any person, professional licensing board, federal, state, or local government agency, or other entity making a relevant inquiry or as may be required by law.

Examination Scores

Regardless of your application, whether by credentials or examination, Alaska requires that you must pass each component of your examinations with a minimum two-digit score of 75. If you are applying for licensure by examination and fail any component more than once, you will be required to complete a supervised course of study acceptable to the board before permission to retake the step will be given. You must request exam scores be sent to the board from the appropriate organization.

To request scores, send your full name, the name of your medical school, date of graduation, your birth date, and your social security number to the appropriate organization listed below. Each organization requires a fee of $50 accompany such requests (money order, personal check, or cashier’s check).

For FLEX or USMLE examination scores, send your request to:

The Federation of State Medical Boards
Attn: FLEX/USMLE
Post Office Box 619850
Dallas TX 75261-9850
Telephone: (817) 868-4000
Fax: (817) 868-4099

For National Board of Medical Examiners, send your request to:

National Board of Medical Examiners
Overnight Delivery Service Requests:
P.O. Box 48014
c/o Image-Remit, Inc.
Newark, NJ 07101-4814
210 N. Center Drive, Commerce Center #210
North Brunswick, NJ 08902-4246

For the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, send your request to:

National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners
8765 W. Higgins Road, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60631-4104
Telephone: (773) 714-0622

Fax Documents

Fax copies of documents are NOT accepted for documentation or verification in our licensing process.

Fees

Fees for a permanent physician application are:

  • $200 Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • $300 Permanent License Fee
  • $500 Total Due

You may remit a minimum of $275 (nonrefundable application fee and $75 temporary permit fee) at the time of application so that a temporary permit may be issued. However, the balance of $225 must be paid before the permanent license is issued. All applications must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders must be made payable to the State of Alaska. Incorrect fees will delay processing of your application.

Foreign Language Documents

All foreign language documents must be certified true copies and must be accompanied by a certified translation into English by a recognized translator.

Initial Licensire in Second Year of Two-Year Cycle

If you were initially licensed in the second year of the two-year licensure period, within 12 months of the date of expiration (December 31, even-number years), the applicant will pay the entire license fee. Upon renewal, the applicant will receive a renewal form that pro-rates the licensure fee for the coming licensure period. The applicant will pay one-half of the required license renewal fee at the time of renewal.

If your permanent license was first issued to you after October 1 of the second year of the licensing period, you will pay the initial full license fee; however, your license will be issued showing the expiration date of the next biennial licensing period. (For example, if your initial license was issued October 18, 2002, the expiration date will automatically be entered as December 31, 2004.)

Licensing Process

Submit your complete application to the board with fees and pertinent documents. The licensing examiner assembles the documents for your file and advises the applicant of the application status.

Upon the completion of the application file when all documents have been received from other organizations, the file is forwarded to the board’s administrator who reviews the entire file. At the discretion of the administrator, a temporary permit may be issued (see information under Temporary Permit on page 5).

The complete application file is presented to the board at its next meeting. The board meets four times each year. Following the board’s review and approval, the licensing examiner will issue the permanent license.

Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received in the board’s office. Please insure that you apply well in advance of your need for the permit or license. Board staff will not expedite one application before another.

License Application Processing Staff

If your last name begins with the letters A through K, you may contact your licensing examiner at 907/465-2756.

If your last name begins with the letters L through Z, you may contact your licensing examiner at 907/465-2541.

License Renewal

All medical licenses in Alaska are on a two-year cycle, with all licenses expiring December 31 of even-numbered years. Notification for license renewal is mailed out to license holders of record at least 30 days prior to expiration, usually in late October. You are required by law to keep your current address on file with the division (12 AAC 02.900).

Failure to receive a renewal notice is not considered an excuse for nonrenewal. A physician not intending to practice medicine in Alaska may renew their license in an inactive status. If you practice in the state occasionally, you must renew your license in active status. An inactive status license prohibits you from practicing; however, if you wish to reactivate your inactive license, contact the licensing examiner for instructions.

It is illegal to practice medicine in Alaska with an inactive or lapsed license or permit.

Malpractice Reporting

Alaska law requires you to submit a report of all malpractice settlements or judgments, on a form provided by the Board, within 30 days of the date of settlement. Failure to comply with reporting requirements may result in disciplinary sanctions. Please use the following reporting form:

Payment of Child Support

Alaska Statute 25.27.244 requires the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing to deny issuance of the professional and occupational licenses of any person reported by the Alaska Child Support Services Division (CSSD) as not in substantial compliance with a child support order.

If this office is notified by the CSSD that you are not in substantial compliance with a child support order, you may be issued a nonrenewable, temporary license valid for 150 days. The 150-day temporary license period is your opportunity to work with CSED to obtain a release. If you have questions regarding the status of your child support obligation, you may contact CSED at 1-800-478-3300 or (907) 269-6949 to resolve payment issues.

Personal Interviews

Applicants for medical licensure in Alaska may be required to have a personal interview with the board. Should an interview be required, you will be notified and an interview scheduled. An interview may be required if, during the processing of your application, a question arises for which the board determines it requires additional information from you.

Practicing in Alaska

For information on practice opportunities, please contact:

Alaska State Medical Association
4107 Laurel Street
Anchorage, AK 99508-5334
(907) 562-0304

Processing Time

In general, average processing time for a permanent license is eight to twelve weeks. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. Application processing time depends to a large extent on the response time from other organizations. Time required also depends upon our workload and the volume of applications being processed. Because the length of processing time for your application may vary considerably, we urge you to be patient until our processing is complete and the permit is issued.

If there are any “Yes” responses or if adverse information is received, it will typically take longer to gather and evaluate additional data. If the application is referred to the Investigations Unit for investigation of a particular issue, processing time is extended by the time required to complete an investigation. Since investigations must be prioritized, it may take longer to complete the file.

Social Security Requirement

Alaska Statute 08.01.060(b) requires an applicant for an occupational license to provide a United States social security number. Applicants who are foreign citizens and are unable to obtain a social security number must contact the division office for instructions. Social security numbers are required by federal law to be held confidential; we do not release these numbers to the public.

Stale Documents

If during the license application process certain documents become older than six months from the date the document was received in our office, that document is considered to be stale and must be resubmitted. Affected documents include the application, verifications of licensure from other licensing jurisdictions, the DEA clearance report, and the FSMB Board Action Data Bank report.

State Business Licenses

Physicians who are employees do not need to obtain an Alaska state business license; physicians who are independent contractors must obtain a state business license. You may obtain a business license by contacting:

Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing
Business Licensing Section
Post Office Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
(907) 465-2550

Telephone Queries


We have a very small staff and work hard to process applications as quickly as possible. Unnecessary telephone calls to our offices delay processing. If the licensing examiner must spend time answering numerous telephone queries, application processing time is affected. Because of the huge volume of telephone calls regarding the status of applications and because of privacy issues, we must restrict our telephone responses to the applicant only. We will not discuss your application with others. If you are concerned about your application being received in our office, mail it “certified – return receipt requested.” You will have a verification of delivery returned to you by the post office.

Temporary Permit


After your application for a permanent license is complete, it is forwarded to the board’s executive administrator. Following her review, she may authorize the issuance of a temporary permit. Since the board only meets four times each year, the temporary permit is a courtesy to you to allow you to practice until the next board meeting when your file will be considered. The permit will be mailed to you at the address you specify in your application. Should a personal interview be required, the temporary permit may be issued at the conclusion of the interview.

Website Address


The Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing website is where you may obtain general information about the board or check to see if your license or permit has been issued.

Withdrawal of Applications


The board permits the withdrawal of an application that it has not yet considered at a board meeting. Should you wish to withdraw your application, please submit a request for withdrawal in writing stating the reason for the withdrawal. Such request must be received before the first time the board reviews and considers the application. All withdrawals are reported to the Federation of State Medical Boards stating the reason for the withdrawal.

"Yes" Reponses


A “Yes” response in the application does not mean your application will be denied. If you have responded “Yes” to any question in the application, additional time will be required for the gathering and assessment of pertinent information. You can expedite this process by providing complete explanations attached to your application for any “Yes” responses.