· Licensure Application Fee
· Supporting Documentation
· Primary Source Verifications
· Board Interview
· Temporary Licensure
· Podiatric Licensing FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
· Request Application Packet
Requirements for Permanent Licensure
The West Virginia Medical Practice Act and Rules set forth the minimum
qualifications for licensure. These requirements include:
1. proof of graduation from a school of podiatry approved by the Council
on Podiatry Education or by the Board;
2. successful passage of an accepted exam, such as the PMLEXIS
3. satisfactory completion of at least one year of graduate clinical
training in a program approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education
or the colleges of podiatric medicine. The Board may consider a minimum of
two years of graduate podiatric clinical training in the U.S. Armed Forces or
three years of private podiatric clinical experience in lieu of this
Licensure Application Fee
The fee for permanent licensure is $400. A check or money order must
accompany the application when it is sent to the Board office. If the
applicant wants to pay the fee by credit card, attach a cover note stating to
contact the applicant for payment by credit card via a phone call. This
non-refundable fee covers the cost of processing the application and the
licensing fee until the next renewal period for the licensee. All Podiatrists
licenses expire on June 30 of every odd year. Podiatrists who apply for
licensure close to the renewal period may wish to consider holding their
applications until just after the renewal. Otherwise, they will be required
to pay both the application and renewal fee in short succession.
Documentation that must be enclosed with the application includes:
Copy of podiatry school diploma
Copy of evidence in the form of a letter or certificate of proof of
required postgraduate training
Copy of a birth certificate, passport, or baptismal
Copy of proof of a name change (i.e., marriage certificate or court order)
if the name you want to be licensed under is different from the name on your
podiatric school diploma.
Primary Source Verifications
The following documents must be received from the original source:
Proof of podiatric education
Verification of other state licenses
Federation disciplinary inquiry
In addition, the following documents must be original documents:
Good Moral Character statement
At the discretion of the Licensure Committee,
an applicant may be asked to appear before the Licensure Committee and may be
asked to produce his or her original supporting documentation. (All
applicants are no longer required to complete a personal interview as in the
Since Board meetings are held every other month, an applicant who holds a license
in another jurisdiction may be eligible for a temporary license and pay an
extra $100 fee for issuance of a temporary license. This temporary license is
issued once the fee has been paid and the application is complete. The
temporary license expires the date of the next Board meeting at which time
the applicant will be considered for licensure.
Podiatric Licensing FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
How long will it take to get the license?
The average time is 2 to 3 months. However, it may take longer.
How can I speed the process up?
The longest part of the process is receiving the supporting documentation
for the application. You should contact those agencies to see how the reports
needed from them may be expedited.
Will a temporary license be issued while I am waiting for my
application to be approved?
Once every piece of supporting documentation has been received for the
application, you may request a temporary license by paying the extra $100
fee. That temporary license will expire on the date of the next regularly
scheduled Board meeting when your permanent license will be considered.
How do I apply for a DEA number?
West Virginia does not have a state controlled substance registration. You
register with the Federal DEA office by calling 1-800-882-9539.
How soon after the Board meeting will I receive my license?
If you are approved for licensure, your license will be issued effective
the day of the Board meeting. The licenses are typically mailed within one
May I call to check the status of my application?
Yes, but please limit the number of calls. Also, do not have your spouse
or office staff call to check the status of your application. We will talk
only with the applicant or those authorized by the applicant.
Request Application Packet by e-mail
Sheree Thompson, Licensure Analyst
(304) 558-2921, extension 70011
Virginia Board of Medicine, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 103, Charleston, WV 25311