What Is a Typical Fee for a Physician's License in the United States?


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As of 2015, the dollar amount necessary to acquire a physician's license varies considerably by state but falls between $200 and $1,300, reports the Federation of State Medical Boards. Many states' fees do not exceed $500, but some states' prices depend on the doctor's area of specialization.

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The cost includes all fees related to initial licensing per state, including application fee, background check, the license itself and registration, as stated by the Federation of State Medical Boards. Many states accept physician profiles from the Federation of State Medical Boards credentials clearinghouse, the Federation Credentials Verification Service. Some states require physicians to have this profile in order to gain state licensing.

Using this credentialing service potentially adds to total licensing costs, according to the Federation of State Medical Boards. Using the service to send credentials to one institution costs the physician between $350 and $500, depending on whether his initial certification took place inside or outside the United States.

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