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Limited Physician and Surgeon License Requirements

What are the licensing requirements for a limited physician license?

Institution settings for Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Department of Corrections (DOC) and City or County Health Departments:

  • MD degree
  • Two years of post-graduate medical training accredited by the United States Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) – unless you graduated from medical school prior to July 28, 1985, then only one year of training is required.
  • Must have a license to practice as a physician in the United States, Canada, or a U.S. territory (Guam or Puerto Rico).

Residency Training Programs:

  • MD degree

Teaching/Research:

  • MD degree
  • Must have a license to practice as a physician at their location of origin

Fellowship Training Programs (Note: this license can only be renewed one time for a total of two years of validity):

  • MD degree
  • Must have a license to practice as a physician at their location of origin

Where do I find eligibility statutes and rules?

They are located in RCW 18.71.095.

Where do I find the applications and forms for a limited license?

See our medical Applications and Forms webpage.