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The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) Increases Job Opportunities for Locum Tenens Physicians

Posted on: May 15, 2017


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Jess Huckins

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Locum Tenens Physicians

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission recently launched the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), an innovative agreement that covers 8 states (with more on the horizon). It’s designed to speed up the process for physicians who need or want to obtain multistate licenses to work within Compact Member States (that is, the states the IMLC covers).

The IMLC is especially beneficial for locum tenens physicians because it makes it easier for them to obtain licenses and practice in multiple states. This will also help healthcare facilities located in Compact Member States. Before the IMLC was implemented, facilities in these states that needed urgent locum coverage may have ruled out any qualified unlicensed providers because of the length of time it would have taken them to obtain a license.

With the implementation of the IMLC, however, the licensing process can be expedited and streamlined significantly. This, in turn, opens up more opportunities for physicians to work in more locations on a more flexible schedule. And, as always, Barton Associates can cover fees associated with obtaining this type of license.

The IMLC’s launch "will empower interested and eligible physicians to deliver high-quality care across state lines to reach more patients in rural and underserved communities,” explains Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) President and CEO Humayun Chaudhry, DO, MACP, in a statement.

Which Physicians Are Eligible?

To be eligible for the IMLC's streamlined multistate medical license process, physicians must hold a full, unrestricted medical license in a Compact Member State, and must reside or practice there in some capacity. They must also be in good standing, without a criminal record or any disciplinary or controlled substance actions on record, and have completed certain educational requirements.

For full requirements and to determine your eligibility, download our checklist or take our Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Qualification Quiz.

Which States Participate?

The map below shows the eight states that are currently accepting IMLC applications, the 10 states that are in the process of activating their application process, and the states that are not currently a part of the IMLC. You can click, drag, and zoom to see more details.

Physicians currently licensed in the states that are in the process of activation cannot yet apply for expedited licensure to the other states in the network, but if you obtain an IMLC medical license in one of the eight states that is currently accepting applications, you'll be eligible to receive an expedited license in all 8 states.

Seven more states (Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington), along with the District of Columbia, have introduced legislation to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission.

Wondering whether you can acquire a multistate license through the IMLC? Download our checklist or take our qualification quiz to learn more.

Jess Huckins
About Jess Huckins

Jess Huckins is the Managing Editor at Barton Associates’ Peabody, MA, headquarters. She joined Barton after nearly a decade of professional editing in the publishing, marketing, and healthcare fields, and she holds a master's degree in publishing and writing. Find her at or @editorjess on Twitter. If you would like to write for the Barton Blog, you can reach her at