Licensing Applications

Getting a medical or health professional license can be hard and take a lot of time. When you apply for a license, there might be delays because they check your background and past experience to make sure you meet the standards.

Here are some things that could slow down your application:
  • If problems were encountered during your training, such as being placed on probation or getting suspended.
  • If another state’s board or a different licensing board took action against you.
  • If you have experienced a conviction for a misdemeanor or a felony.
  • If any arrests are shown in the criminal background check, even if you were not found guilty.
  • If you had medical, physical, mental, or chemical dependence issues in the last five years.
  • If a hospital or health facility took action against your privileges.
  • If a former employer fired you for a serious reason.
  • If a specialty board took action against you.
  • If you haven’t been practicing medicine recently.
  • If the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took action against your registration number.
  • If there were disciplinary actions, like a court-martial, by the military.
  • If you need a special waiver for the job you want.

It’s really important to be completely honest when you apply for a license. If a question asks about something, you should tell the truth and not try to hide it. But you don’t need to tell them anything that they didn’t ask about.

Here are some tips to make the application process faster:
  1. Send the required documents on time, either online or by mail.
  2. If you can’t get some documents, explain why in a separate document.
  3. Check the licensing board’s current requirements and how long it usually takes to process applications.
  4. Use the same name on all your documents, including any nicknames you have.
  5. The application should be submitted within 30 days of starting the process, allowing your transcripts and other documents to be filed together.
  6. Make sure you have the correct addresses of training programs and health facilities you’ve worked at.
  7. Send any extra documents they need on time.
  8. Check for any letters or emails from your reviewer to know what else they need from you.
  9. Read any requests for more information carefully to know exactly what they want.
  10. Answer questions honestly and give explanations when needed, but don’t share extra information they didn’t ask for.

Getting a medical license can take about 60 days from when you submit the complete application.

If you need help with licensing issues, it’s best to talk to an experienced healthcare attorney. Your license is very important for your career, so it’s not a good idea to handle these matters without legal assistance. At Dike Law Group we have experienced attorney’s that can assist you. Schedule a meeting at

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