Licensure for Military, Veterans, and their Spouses
The Board of Physicians is committed to assisting veterans, the military, and their spouses through the licensure and registration process.
There are two paths. The first path is for a full license, and the second is for an exemption from licensure. With each path, a Board Licensure Analyst will work directly with the applicant throughout the process.
Full Licensure (Expedited)
Pursuant to the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013, the Board currently offers expedited licensure for service members, veterans, and military spouses. If a service member, veteran, or military spouse meets the requirements for licensure, certification, or registration, the Board will issue the license, certification, or registration within 15 days after receiving a completed application. Health Occ. § 1-706(c)(2).
Exemption from Licensure
The Veterans Auto and Education Improvement Act of 2022 provides an exemption from licensure if certain criteria are met.
If a service member, veteran, or military spouse meets the requirements for licensure, certification, or registration, the Board will issue the license, certification, or registration within 15 days after receiving a completed application. Health Occ. § 1-706(c)(2).
Military members and their Spouses will qualify for an exemption to licensure here in Maryland if :
- The applicant has orders to relocate to the State of Maryland for Military Service (Must provide a copy of the Orders).
- The applicant is in good standing with all applicable licensing authorities.
- The applicant has actively used their license to practice during the two years immediately preceding the order to relocate to Maryland for Military Service.
- The applicant has completed and submitted the Registration Form to the Board.
- * If the applicant is a Military Member's Spouse: The applicant has provided the Board with a copy of the marriage certificate.
You can find additional information about the SCRA, professional licensure, and interstate licensure compacts through the following links:
In addition, servicemembers and their families seeking information about their rights under this new law (or any section of the SCRA) can check the following resources: