West Virginia Medical License

WV Board of Medicine


Contact information

WV Board of Medicine
101 Dee Drive, Suite 103
Charleston WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-2921
Fax: (304) 558-2084

Things you need to know

  • Application process: 3-6 months
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets every other month beginning in January. Once the file is complete, applicant can receive a TemporaryPermit. The interview will be scheduled once notification of complete file is sent to the applicant & interview must be completed 15 days before Board meeting. If approved, the license will issue after the Board meeting
  • Application Fee: $400
  • Background Check Fee: N/A
  • WV Medical License Renewal: $200
  • Expiration: Applications expire after 6 months from the date it is received by the West Virginia medical board
  • Interview: No longer required for all applicants

West Virginia medical licensure requirements

  • SPEX/COMVEX Requirement: For MDs and DOs: May be ordered by board to assess current competence
  • USMLE Attempt Limit: Six attempts for Steps I – III
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete all three steps within 10 years
  • PGT (US/Canada Medical Graduate): For MDs: 1 year; For DOs: 1 year AOA approved or ACGME accredited GME (plus 40-hours of osteopathic manipulative management and treatment are required)
  • PGT (International Medical Graduate): 3 years (or 1 year plus ABMS certification)

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State description

West Virginia is a state in the southeastern United States, one of the so-called South Atlantic States (the only state in this group that does not have access to the Atlantic Ocean). The population in 2003 was 1.810 million (in 2000). The capital and largest city is Charleston. Other major cities are Huntington, Wheeling, and Morgantown. The official nickname is “Mountain State”. The motto is “Montani Semper liberi” (“The mountains are always free”).

The area of the state is 62.8 thousand km2 (41st place among the states). West Virginia is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland and Virginia to the east, and Kentucky and Ohio to the west. The territory of West Virginia is located in the Appalachian system (the highest point is Spruce Knob). The Appalachian Plateau covers about 60% of the state’s land area and is generally dominated by mountainous terrain. The largest rivers are the Canova, Potomac, and Monongahela. About 80% of the state is covered with forests. The climate is continental, moderately humid, with frequent flooding.