To perform a free physician background check, visit the Federation of State Medical Boards at FSMB.com, which offers website links, addresses and phone numbers for all 50 states' licensing boards. DocFinder.org offers a free database with information on physician licensing data for 20 U.S. states as of 2015.
On the FSMB website, select the beginning letter of the state of interest. Find the state medical board in question, and visit the associated link. Because each website functions differently according to state, information is not consistent; however, most provided links allow users to verify the legitimacy of a physician's license.
Sponsored by Administrators in Medicine, DocFinder.org offers public information about medical licensing. The site provides physician information on licensing data for 20 states and lists links to medical boards for the remaining 30 states. Links for the 20 participating states are listed on the left, while the remaining medical board links are listed in the right column.
The American Medical Association offers a doctor finder platform at APPS.AMA-ASSN.org which allows the user to search for physician information by simply entering a physician's name and location. To access the platform, type "doctor finder" in the search form, and select the first link result. After completing the usage verification, click on the For Patients link and fill out the provided fields. Information is limited to name, contact information, AMA membership status, specialty board certifications and the physician's specialty.