As an already licensed Texas physician, are there any criteria in addition to what is required by the IMLCC that need to be met in order for Texas to issue me an LOQ?
No, there are no additional requirements or criteria. TMB staff may ask for additional documentation to assist with verifying the IMLCC criteria if we are not able to do so with available documentation in your original Texas licensure file.
What if I’m not Board certified yet? Can I apply for an LOQ before certification has been completed?
If you are not currently board certified, you would be able to have an LOQ issued once you obtain Board certification. Applications requesting an LOQ should not be submitted until Board certification has been obtained. If there are any other criteria you do not meet, you would not be eligible to have an LOQ issued.
What if I have a criminal history? Is there any remediation available?
Having the arrest expunged from your record would be the only potential remediation for this requirement. This would need to be completed before submission of your application. To be eligible for licensure through the IMLCC, a physician cannot have ever been convicted, or received adjudication, deferred adjudication, community supervision, or deferred disposition for any offense by a court of appropriate jurisdiction.
If I have completed graduate medical education training outside of the US, will I be eligible for an LOQ?
Graduate medical training must be ACGME or AOA accredited. Most programs outside of the US are not ACGME or AOA accredited, and as such, would not qualify for issuance of an LOQ. If you are unsure if your training is ACGME or AOA accredited, please visit the following websites, and reach out to the entity as needed.
ACGME - ACGME Home
AOA - American Osteopathic Association | AOA
Will I need to be fingerprinted to complete the LOQ process?
To ensure that individuals have a full criminal history background check, licensees may need to submit fingerprints for evaluation. Each request for an LOQ is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If fingerprints are required for evaluation, detailed instructions will be sent to the licensee by email.
Can I get a license through the IMLCC in another state if I hold a Texas physician license other than a full and unrestricted license?
No. An LOQ can only be issued to those individuals who hold a full and unrestricted license in Texas. If you hold any other type of license such as an Out-of-State Telemedicine, Administrative Medicine, or any other temporary/limited license, you are not eligible for an LOQ from Texas.
How long does it take to process an LOQ request?
The length of time it takes to issue an LOQ will typically take 30 to 60 days. A large volume of LOQ applications received may cause a delay in this timeframe. Additionally, if Board staff has asked the licensee for additional documentation to help verify the IMLCC criteria, how quickly the information is provided by the licensee will impact how long the LOQ process takes.
Does my LOQ request expire?
If additional information is requested from the licensee and no response has been received within 60 days from the date the application was received by the TMB from the IMLCC, the application will expire. Extension requests will not be processed.
Can my application be expedited?
There is no way for the licensure or LOQ process through the IMLCC to be expedited.
Can you tell me if I am eligible for an LOQ before I apply through the IMLCC?
No, TMB staff cannot review your file for eligibility before submission of an application. Individuals should do a self-determination of eligibility before applying. The eligibility requirements can be found on our website above.
Will passing the Canadian Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) count for the exam requirement?
No, the LMCC does not meet this requirement.