FAQs For Credentialing Agencies

The Maryland Board of Physicians (the Board) routinely receives questions from various credentialing agencies asking similar questions. The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) has stated that posting responses to frequently asked questions on the Board’s website, including primary source verification of education and postgraduate training is an acceptable form of written confirmation for NCQA.

General Licensure Questions

The Board licenses the following practitioners:
  • Physicians (M.D., D.O.)
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Naturopathic Doctors
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologists
  • Perfusionists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Polysomnographic Technologists
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Radiographers
  • Radiologist Assistants
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners
  • Supervised Genetic Counselors
Yes. The Board will issue a license by reciprocity to physicians who are licensed in other states and whose requirements for licensure were substantially equivalent to Maryland's licensing requirements at the time the applicant received a license; and the other state offers a similar reciprocal licensure process to Maryland licensed physicians.

The Board will also issue a license by reciprocity to naturopathic doctors who have an active, unrestricted license to practice naturopathic medicine in another jurisdiction that at the time the applicant was licensed, had licensure requirements equivalent to or exceeded the Board's current regulations.
The Board conducts primary source verification for applicants for licensure on the following:

  • Medical school education for both American and International medical graduates
  • Clinical postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship)
  • Licensure in other states
  • National licensure examinations
  • Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification

Allied Health Practitioners
  • Education1 (certificates, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate)
  • Licensure in other states
  • National licensure examinations2 for naturopathic doctors
  • National certification3 for other allied health practitioners

The Board also accepts documentation for physicians and physician assistants from Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS).

Exception: The Board does not conduct primary source verification of the following credentials for applicants who apply for licensure by reciprocity:

  • Education
  • Postgraduate training
  • National licensing exams

1The Board primary source verifies that the applicant graduated from an accredited program at the time of graduation. Accrediting agencies include: ARC-PA, CAAHEP, CAATE, CNME, CoARC, JRCERT, JRCNMT.
2The Board primary source verifies the national licensure examination for naturopathic doctors through NABNE.
3The Board primary source verifies national certification through the following agencies for all other allied health professionals – ARRT, ABCP, BOC, BRPT, NBRC, NCCPA, NMTCB.

Website Questions

Yes. The site is secured with Digicert's end-to-end Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption.
Yes. Please click on this link for more details.

Verification of Licensure

Credentialing agencies may verify licenses by going to the Board's website or requesting a written verification for a fee.
The fee for a written verification for a physician is $50.
No. The Board does not verify registration. The verification requests should be made directly to the postgraduate training (residency) program.
The fee for a written verification for allied health practitioners is $25.
No. The online verification does not include a history. You must go to the Practitioner's Profile page on the Board's website to review such information.