Expedited License- MD, DO

Expedited Route to Licensure for MD & DO Applicants

The State Medical Board of Ohio is pleased to offer a concierge service for eligible MD & DO applicants. This enhanced, personalized service is provided by designated licensure staff and provides key application support, partnering with the applicant through the process toward a full medical license in Ohio.


For those eligible, seasoned and busy allopathic and osteopathic physicians seeking licensure in Ohio, the expedited application option saves valuable time and offers convenience. By choosing the expedited route, a designated staffer will provide key support services driving the application toward completion, such as obtaining the following items for you: Federation of State Medical Board Disciplinary Report; AMA/AOA Physician Profile; National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Report; License Verifications.


Begin Expedited Licensure Process

(Please do not pay the fee until you have been instructed to do so. The fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.)


Why Choose Expedited Licensing?

  • Overnighted fingerprint cards to all out-of-state applicants who are unable to obtain electronic fingerprints in Ohio.

  • Submission of an FCVS packet is not required, provided the applicant holds an ABMS/AOA specialty board certification. We will obtain the necessary reports on your behalf, whereas traditional licenses require a separate FCVS which cost the licensee an additional $400.

  • Expedited applications are also considered and conditionally approved by the Board on a weekly basis instead of monthly.

  • Applicant can pay online via credit card versus mailing a check or money order with a paper application.


The cost for the expedited route concierge service is $1,000. The expedited licenses were issued about twice as fast as standard-route licenses in 2016. Not all applicants will be eligible to apply for an expedited license as there are strict eligibility requirements.


Eligibility Requirements

There are strict requirements for this license and not all applicants will be eligible to apply for the license. Please read the following requirements carefully and if you do not meet ALL requirements, DO NOT proceed with this application. Applicants who do not qualify under the Expedited License will be able to apply for the Ohio license via the standard method. 


  • Successfully passed one of the following:

    • Steps one, two, and three of the USMLE; or

    • Levels one, two, and three of the COMLEX-USA; or

    • FLEX; or

    • LMCC.

  • For at least five years immediately preceding the date of application, held a current, unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery issued by the licensing authority of another state or Canadian province.

  • For at least two years immediately preceding the date of application actively practiced medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery in a clinical setting.

  • Graduates of medical schools located in the U.S. or Canada must successfully complete one year of graduate medical education (GME) accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA).  Graduates of foreign medical schools must successfully complete not less than two years of GME through the second-year level of training.

  • Have a clean license application, as defined below.

  • Not more than two malpractice claims within a period of ten years and no malpractice claim resulting in a total payment of more than five hundred thousand dollars.

  • No criminal record pursuant to 4731.081 of the Revised Code.

  • No medical condition that could affect your ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of care.

  • No adverse action taken by a health care institution.

  • No federal agency, medical society, medical association, or branch of the United States military has investigated or taken action.

  • No professional licensing or regulatory authority has filed a complaint against, investigated, or taken action, including no withdrawal of a professional license application.

  • No suspension or expulsion from any institution of higher education or school, including a medical school.


View the Frequently Asked Questions here.