Temporary Certificate to Practice in an Area of Critical Need

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These DOs practice medicine as described under Full Licensure; however, to be licensed pursuant to this section, these DOs must have a current, valid license from another state. These physicians may only practice in an area of critical need; must be employed by or practice in a county health department; correctional facility; Department of Veterans’ Affairs clinic; community health center funded by s. 329, s. 330, or s. 340 of the United States Public Health Services Act; or other agency or institution that is approved by the State Surgeon General to provide health care to meet the needs of underserved populations in this state; or will practice for a limited time to address critical physician-specialty, demographic, or geographic needs for this state’s physician workforce as determined by the State Surgeon General.

General Licensure Requirements:

  • Graduation from an osteopathic medical school approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • A letter of intent to employ and affidavit regarding compensation from the agency/institution that intends to employ you.  This letter must be from the agency/institution that intends to employ you and must be addressed to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine. It must also indicate whether or not you will receive compensation for the medical services provided. If you will not receive compensation for any service involving the practice of medicine, the agency/institution must submit an affidavit to that effect so that the application fee and all licensure fees, including the NICA fee, can be waived. (See section 459.0076(4), F.S.).
  • Proof of current and valid licensure to practice in any jurisdiction in the United States.
  • If the applicant has not actively practiced during the prior 3 years and the board determines that the applicant may lack clinical competency, possess diminished or inadequate skills, lack necessary medical knowledge, or exhibit patterns of deficits in clinical decision-making, the board may impose additional terms or conditions of licensure.
  • File a completed application and pay all required fees. Refer to application instructions for a list of specific documents and information needed.

Section 456.013(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that a licensure application and fee are valid for one year.  Application fees are non-refundable.

The licensing process involves the collection of credentials from the applicant and other sources, such as hospitals, medical schools, other states, etc. Once documents are received, an application specialist will review them; however, it may be necessary for the application specialist to request additional information or clarification regarding a particular document. Our goal is to review materials as quickly as possible, but we must be thorough. We process applications, mail, e-mails, and telephone calls in date order.

Staff will mail you a deficiency letter approximately two weeks after receiving your application, so please refrain from contacting our office until after you have received your initial deficiency letter.

Some applicants may have to appear before the Board at one of their regularly scheduled meetings before a license can be issued. Reasons for an appearance include previous disciplinary action in another state, malpractice, criminal history, health history and other application deficiencies. Having one of these issues is not an automatic appearance as each application is reviewed on a case by case basis.  You will be notified in writing if your appearance will be required.

We recommend that you do not make any commitments based upon expectation of licensure until you are actually licensed.  One application is not accelerated at the expense of another- all applicants are handled equally and fairly.

Application Fee: $300 (non-refundable)

Initial Licensure Fee: $429.00

Florida Statutes

You will be connected to the Florida Legislature website, which is the official custodian of the statutes.

Chapter 459: Osteopathic Medicine
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act

Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

You will be connected to the Florida Department of State: State Library and Archives of Florida website, which is the official custodian of the administrative codes.

Rules: Chapter 64B15: Board of Osteopathic Medicine
Rules: Chapter 64B: Division of Medical Quality Assurance