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Anyone practicing medicine and surgery in this state and not specially falling under the exception described in Neb. Rev. Stat. §38-2025 must be licensed in Nebraska as either a physician or as an osteopathic physician and surgeon.

  • Physician and Surgeon: a person who has earned the degree of M.D. (Doctor of Medicine). They are qualified in the diagnosis or treatment of diseases, ailments, pain, deformity, or any physical or mental condition or injury of human beings.
  • Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon: a person who has earned the degree of D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). They are qualified in the diagnosis or treatment of diseases, ailments, pain, deformity, or any physical or mental condition or injury of human beings.

Additional Medical Licensing Types for Special Circumstances:

  • A Physician Locum Tenens may be issued by the department, with the recommendation of the board, to an individual who holds an active license to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery in another state when circumstances indicate a need for the issuance of a physician locum tenens in the State of Nebraska.
  • The Temporary Educational Permit (TEP) for medicine and surgery permits the holder to practice medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery or any of their allied specialties in a supervised educational program approved by the Nebraska Board of Medicine and Surgery.
  • The Physician Temporary Visiting Faculty Permit  (TVFP) for medicine and surgery can be issued to any person who is serving as a member of the faculty of an accredited hospital, school or college of medicine in Nebraska. For more information call (402) 471-2118).

Application Forms & Fees and Fingerprinting Information

Physician and Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon                                       

Physician Locum Tenens

Temporary Education Permit

Temporary Visiting Faculty Permit

  • Please call (402) 471-2118 for more information.

Fees


Nebraska State Patrol fingerprinting locations
This site also includes a link to other public LiveScan fingerprinting locations in Nebraska.

DEA Information

Federal controlled substances (DEA) registrant information can be accessed by credentialing organizations, hospitals, and pharmacies after obtaining a user ID and password. To obtain them, contact the Licensure Unit at dhhs.licensuresupport@nebraska.gov.

In addition to general license information, this version of the data contains federal controlled substances registration numbers and expiration dates for health care providers that hold a Nebraska license and have submitted proof of holding such federal registration. Federal controlled substances registrant information is validated on licenses at the time of issuance and updated on a quarterly basis.

Federal Controlled Substance Registrant  

Examination Requirements

Applications for licensure are based on all or parts of the following licensing examinations:

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX). Contact (817) 868-4000 or www.fsmb.org
  • National Boards of Medical Examiners (NBME) Contact (215) 590-9700 or www.nbme.org
  • National Boards of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination. Contact (773) 714-0622 or www.nbome.org
  • Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Contact (613) 521-6012 or https://mcc.ca/about/lmcc/.

A score of 75 percent must be achieved on all steps of the examination. The score must be achieved within four attempts on each step and all steps must be passed within 10 years of passing the first examination.

Renewal & Reinstatement Information

Renewal

  • Licenses expire October 1 of every even year, regardless of when the license was issued.
  • To renew a license you must have earned 50 hours of Category 1 AMA approved continuing education.
  • You may place your license on inactive status at any time by sending a written request to the office at dhhs.medicaloffice@nebraska.gov.

Reinstatement

Reinstating from Inactive or Expired Status:

Reinstating After Disciplinary Action:

Requirements for Foreign Medical School Graduates

Please read the application instructions carefully. They provide additional information on obtaining a license.

 

Official documentation showing:

  • Successful completion of two years of approved graduate medical education and
  • Successful passage of a licensing examination

Provide documentation of one of the following:

  • A permanent certificate by the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or
  • Successful completion of a program of American medical training designated as the Fifth Pathway and passage of the ECFMG Examination.

Meet one of the following within the three years immediately preceding the application for licensure:

  • Have been in the active practice of the profession of medicine and surgery in some other state, a territory, the District of Columbia, or Canada for a period of one year; or
  • Have had at least two years of approved graduate medical education; or
  • Have completed at least 50 hours of Category 1 continuing medical education; or
  • Have completed a refresher course in medicine and surgery approved by the Medical Board.

Requirements for U.S. or Canadian Medical Graduates

Please read the application instructions carefully. They provide additional information on the requirements to obtain a license.


  • Have graduated from an accredited school or college of medicine
  • Have successfully completed one year of approved graduate medical education
  • Have successfully passed a licensing examination
  • Meet one of the following within the three years immediately preceding the application for licensure:
    • Have been in the active practice of the profession of medicine and surgery in some other state, a territory, the District of Columbia, or Canada for a period of one year; or
    • Have had at least one year of approved graduate medical education; or
    • Have completed at least 50 hours of Category 1 continuing medical education; or
    • Have completed a refresher course in medicine and surgery approved by the Medical Board.


Office of Medical & Specialized Health
Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit
Phone Number
(402) 471-2118
 
Fax Number
(402) 742-8355
Mailing & Physical Addresses

DHHS Licensure Unit

Attn: Medical

PO Box 94986

Lincoln NE 68509-4986

 

Nebraska State Office Building

301 Centennial Mall South

14th & M Streets, 1st Floor

Lincoln NE 68508

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.