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What are the requirements when applying for a medical license in Texas?

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Eligibility for medical licensure in Texas requires applicants to meet medical school and postgraduate training requirements and requirements pertaining to the practice medicine in the two years prior to application. The process requires completion of a nationally recognized licensure examination, the Texas medical jurisprudence exam and a criminal history evaluation.

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If an applicant completed a nationally recognized licensure exam within the 10 years prior to applying for a Texas medical license, he need only sit for the jurisprudence exam. If the licensure exam was completed more than 10 years prior to application and the applicant does not hold American Specialty Board or Bureau of Osteopathic Specialist certification, he is required to pass the Special Purpose Examination administered by the Federation of State Medical Boards. With limited exceptions, applicants must pass the licensure exam within three attempts over a period of seven years.

Texas medical licensing is a two-step process. The pre-licensure phase begins upon submission of the licensing application and ends when all required documentation has been submitted and screened, which takes an average of 134 days. During the licensing phase, a licensing analyst reviews and verifies the applicant's information and documentation and determines that the application complete, at which time a temporary license is issued upon request. Regular licenses are issued twice monthly and must be registered by the licensee.

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