Applying for a Limited Medical License in the State
of Washington (MD)
Consistent with the medical staff bylaws of UW School of
Medicine’s participating institutions, all residents and fellows must
hold an active medical license while training in a UW graduate medical
education program. The following are instructions and forms for applying
for a limited medical license. If you are applying for a full medical
license, osteopathic license or are renewing a license, please go to the
licensing page and select the appropriate
The Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission often
takes several weeks to process medical license applications and renewals.
In order to minimize the time that it will take to process your application
you must ensure that you precisely follow the instructions
provided by the Commission. As the instructions provided by the Commission
can often be confusing, the following summary has been provided to assist
you in your application for licensure.
Step 1: Download and print the Residency
Certification form. Fill this form out and submit this form to your
program director to certify your status as a resident.
Step 2: Download and print the Medical
School Transcripts Request form. Fill this form out completely and
send directly to your medical school registrar. Medical school transcripts
must show the date that you have received your degree and must
be sent directly from the institution. It is your responsibility
to ensure that any information required by your medical school registrar
is included, as well as any fees for printing official transcripts.
Step 3: Download and print the Application
for Limited Medical License. Fill out each section completely and
accurately. Attach a current photograph according to the instructions
to the application. Send the application, attached photograph and licensing
fee directly to the Medical Quality Assurance Commission at the address
listed on the form. The application, photograph and check for your fee
of $391 are the only forms sent directly to the Commission.
The following forms should be submitted if applicable:
Privilege Verification: required if you have been granted hospital
privileges within the last five years. If this is the case, download
and print copies of this form for each hospital where you were
granted privileges. Fill out the appropriate sections of each form
and send directly to the hospitals where privileges were granted.
Graduate Training Verification: required if you have completed
post-graduate training in another state or province. If applicable,
fill in the appropriate sections of this form and send directly to
the post-graduate training director of that program.
Licensure Verification: required if you have ever had a medical
license in another state or province. If this is the case, download
and print copies of this form for each state where you have
held a medical license. Fill out the appropriate sections of each
form and send directly to the state licensing board of each state
where you held a license.
Follow up. If you have not received your renewed license after 6 weeks,
please call the Commission to determine the status of your renewal at:
If you have any questions, or need additional information and fees,
please consult the Medical
Quality Assurance Commission web page.