Overview of the Physician Application Process
- You submit your application online.
- The License Inquiry System of Texas (LIST), used to communicate with physician licensure applicants, generates a temporary username, as well as the initial list of items required to process your application. These items are given a “Begin” date and will be listed with a red “X” in the “Item Received” column on the far left. Your Application Status (listed in the top row) will be “In Screen”.
Note: Items sent in prior to the submission of your online application will not appear with a green checkmark when the initial automated list of items is generated. Pre-Licensure staff will have to check those items in when your application is screened.
- Your application is screened to determine whether the required documents that were expected with your application have arrived.
- As items are received, Pre-Licensure staff will assign each item a green checkmark, and enter a “Received” date.
Note: The content of the items is not reviewed for acceptability until the application is assigned to a Licensing Analyst. While your application status remains “In Screen,” staff is merely indicating that the requested item(s) have been received.
- When the last item required by Pre-Licensure staff has been checked in and given a “Received” date, your Application Status will change from “In Screen” to “In Licensure.”
- A Licensing Analyst will be assigned to your file; however, it may take several weeks before you are contacted with a new post in the message center. Once you are contacted, the length of time it will take to complete your application will depend on the acceptability of submitted items and the complexity of the application. Some factors that can increase complexity are “Yes” answers to questions on the Professionalism, Medical Liability section of the application.
- The Licensing Analyst assigned to review your file will examine all supporting documentation. In many cases more information or documentation is needed. A new item will be generated on the Application Requirements list, even if the item has previously been submitted. If the item has previously been submitted, the new item will have notes indicating why it failed to meet standards. New required items will have a new “Begin” date and will be listed with a red “X” in the “Item Received” column on the far left. Your Licensing Analyst will post a message to the message center informing you that the Application Requirements list has been updated.
- As items are received, your Licensing Analyst will assign each item a green checkmark, and enter a “Received” date.
Note: Depending on the complexity of the item, the content of the item may or may not be reviewed for acceptability when it is entered as “Received.” Therefore, it is possible that the item will be determined to be unacceptable at a later date, and the same item will be added back to the Application Requirements list with notes. A message will be posted to the message center indicating that the Application Requirements have been updated.
- Sometimes more items will be required based on information obtained from the new documentation. Licensing Analysts will add these items to the Application Requirements list and post messages to the message center when any new items are required.
- Once all items have been received, and have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate members of Board staff, your application status will change to “Application Complete.” A message informing you of this status change will be posted to the message center.
- A temporary license will be issued if you requested one. A tempoary license is good from the date your license is complete until the regular licenses are next issued, usually two weeks or less. A temporary license is free, but must be requested using the Temporary License link to the left. Note: Applicants for Conceded Eminence or Out-of-State Telemedicine Licenses are not eligible for a temporary license.
- Regular licenses are issued every other Friday, or the next working day immediately following if that day falls on a holiday - please see the License Issue Dates link at the left for licensing dates and cuotoff deadlines.
Communication with the Board
Due to the high volume of applications being processed by the agency, staff members are unable to meet personally with applicants about their file. Questions or concerns regarding applications should be submitted in writing through the LIST message system.
We also ask that you not call the board to confirm receipt of mailed items, but check the list of items required in your LIST account. Depending on the volume of incoming mail, it may be 10 business days before an analyst is able to process your mailed items or respond to LIST inquiries. Your consideration of this request will assist us in decreasing our processing times.
We recommend using one of the private overnight delivery services that allow tracking to submit all required items. These services require delivery to a physical address and a phone number. Delivery by a private overnight service to our physical address usually allows you to obtain immediate online confirmation of delivery from the carrier.
Items mailed through the US Postal Service (regular, certified, express, or overnight), must be addressed to our mailing address, or they will be returned to the sender. A vendor signs for and delivers these items to our agency. Even if a tracking mechanism is used, the signature confirming receipt of items delivered to the mailing address will be that of a vendor employee, making confirmation of delivery to the TMB more difficult.
Delivery Physical Address and Phone
Texas Medical Board
333 Guadalupe, Tower III, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78701
Phone – (512) 305-7030
Texas Medical Board
P.O. Box 2029
Austin, TX 78768-2029