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Locum Provider Licensing Tips and Tricks

Locum provider licensing can be challenging and time-consuming, especially for new providers navigating the process for the first time. The good news is there are simple strategies you can employ to streamline the process. Here are a few tips for speeding up licensing and getting to work faster. 


The first step is making sure your relevant paperwork is organized. Among the documents you will need are school transcripts, certifications, a current CV, references, and any malpractice claims. This is a partial list, as requirements may vary from state to state. You will also want to ensure all your documents are digitized, as many state licensing boards accept electronic copies. 

Do your research

Once you have determined where you want to seek locum provider licensing, a little research can be beneficial. As noted above, requirements, including documentation and timelines, can differ in every state. Doing your due diligence of research ensures you have everything you need before you begin the process.

Explore resources

Two of the most valuable resources for locum providers pursuing licensing are the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). The FSMB website has a plethora of helpful resources, including state guidelines, applications, and contact information for state boards. The IMLC is an expedited process for providers to get licensed in participating states. See the IMLC map here. Applying through the IMLC can help you avoid some requirements and save time. Wapiti’s provider resource page is also an excellent place to start. 

Medical Staffing Companies

When you work with a medical staffing company such as Wapiti, you can utilize expertise to simplify the licensing process. Our credentialing team is knowledgeable about state requirements and can help you assemble the needed documents, prefill and complete applications, and work with licensing boards. The entire Wapiti team is dedicated to the success of our providers.

Locum provider licensing does not have to be an arduous process. Investing a little time and energy, taking advantage of resources, and working with a reputable medical staffing company, can make a huge difference in how long the process takes. When you are ready to begin, Wapiti will help you every step of the way.

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