Application & Instructions for Initial Licensure - Graduate Educational Temporary Permit

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The items listed below MUST be completed and mailed to the LSBME as part of the initial application process.

(International Graduates Only)

The board may issue a Graduate Education Temporary Permit (GETP) to an international medical graduate (a graduate of a medical school located outside of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico) for the purpose of enrolling and participating in an accredited program of postgraduate medical education (residency or fellowship) at a Louisiana medical school, college, or other accredited medical institution.


  • Be at least 21 years of age and of good moral character

  • Be a citizen of the United States or possess valid and current legal authority to reside and work in the United States duly issued by the commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service

  • Possess a doctor of medicine degree duly issued by a medical school approved by the board.  This diploma must be in English; if not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation into English

  • Possess a standard Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate

  • Have received written commitment from an accredited Louisiana medical school, college or other accredited medical institution formally appointing the IMG to a postgraduate medical education training program which is conducted by such medical school and is not on probation status with the ACGME.  This letter must be signed by the director of the program and must be mailed directly to the LSBME.

  • Pay the appropriate fee by credit/debit card of $200.00.  This fee is non-refundable.


The state of Louisiana does criminal background checks as part of the application process through the state -Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections-DOC and Federal Bureau of Investigations-FBI.  Materials can be obtained on our website by clicking on Licensure then on the Criminal Background Check link.

Applicants with criminal history may expect delays in the application process.

Mail: LSBME, Attn: CBC, 630 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 
Phone: (504) 568-6820

Certified Birth Certificate - The applicant must submit either a certified birth certificate (a certified document can only be obtained from the issuing agency and must bear the official seal or stamp and signature of an authorized representative) or an original passport (expired passports are acceptable).  The certified birth certificate becomes a permanent part of the applicant’s file and is not returned.  If the applicant submits a passport, the applicant must include a written explanation of the reason the birth certificate is not available.

Valid Visa - Applicants who are not native-born citizens of the United States must show proof of legal entry into the United States to work and reside by presenting either:

  • An original certificate of Naturalization

  • Certified birth certificate establishing birth to U.S. citizens traveling abroad

  • Valid Visa issued by the department of Immigration and Naturalization (INS).  (Acceptable visas – J-1, H-1B, Immigrant)

Personal Appearance - A personal appearance with a member of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (the “Board”) or its designee is required of each applicant.  Personal appearances are by appointments only and can only be scheduled after receipt of ALL application materials.  At the time of the personal appearance, you must present the ORIGINAL of the following documents (copies should have already been provided).  All documents submitted to the board must be the original and must be in English.  If the document(s) is not in English, they must be accompanied by a translation into English certified by a translator other than the applicant who shall attest to the accuracy of such translation under penalty of the law.

  • Medical School Diploma with English Translation

  • Marriage license and/or court decree of the applicant who applies in a name different from the name on the medical diploma

  • Standard Education Council for Foreign Medical Graduates Certificate (ECFMG)

  • Valid Visa

Not later than 24 months following the effective date of an initial GETP, the applicant must have taken and successfully passed step 3 of USMLE.

A GETP is for training purposes only and does not authorize physicians to practice outside of the training program.

Communication with the Board
Mailing Address - LSBME, 630 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Questions - Contact our licensing department at To find the analyst directly assigned to your application, click on Contact Us.