· Interview with a Board member
· Primary Source Verifications
· 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
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 requirement.
Licensure Application Fee
The fee for permanent licensure is $400. A cashier's check
or money order must accompany the application when it is sent to the Board
office. 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 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
Documentation that must be enclosed with the application
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.
Interview with a Board member
All applicants for licensure must either be interviewed by
an individual member of the Board or appear before the Licensure Committee.
Only those applicants actually invited to appear before the Licensure
Committee will be required to appear. Most applicants are usually cleared to
have only an individual interview with a Board member. The following
original documents must be taken to the interview or appearance: original
podiatry school diploma and original certificate or letter of verification
of postgraduate training. Information about scheduling the interview is
mailed to the applicant upon completion and receipt of all paperwork
associated with the application.
Primary Source Verifications
The following documents must be received from the original
Proof of podiatric education
Verification of other state licenses
Federation disciplinary inquiry
In addition, the following documents must be original
& HIPDB reports
Good Moral Character statement
Since Board meetings are held every other month, an
applicant who has completed a successful interview may pay an extra $100 fee
for issuance of a temporary license. This temporary license is issued once
the fee has been paid and the completed interview form has been received in
the Board office from the Board member. 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
How long will it take to get the license?
The average time is 2 to 3 months. However, it may take
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.
Do I have to come to West Virginia or may I interview over the
You must come to West Virginia.
Do I really have to bring my original diploma (it's 3 feet
tall or in a laminated frame, etc.)?
Yes, you must bring your original documents to the
interview for the Board member to review. Notarized copies of the required
documents are not accepted.
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 will be mailed an interview form so that
you may schedule a personal interview with a Board member. Once the Board
member returns the completed interview form to the Board office, 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
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 (1) week.
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.
Request Application Packet by e-mail
Sheree Thompson, Licensure Analyst
(304) 558-2921, extension
West Virginia Board of Medicine
101 Dee Drive, Suite 103
Charleston, WV 25311