Podiatric Physician Requirements

Podiatric Licensure

o    · Licensure Application Fee

o    · Supporting Documentation

o    · Primary Source Verifications

o    · Board Interview

o    · Temporary Licensure

o    · Podiatric Licensing FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

o    · 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 PMLEXIS

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 check or money order must accompany the application when it is sent to the Board office. If the applicant wants to pay the fee by credit card, attach a cover note stating to contact the applicant for payment by credit card via a phone call. 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 licenses 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 succession.

Supporting Documentation

Documentation that must be enclosed with the application includes:

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.

Primary Source Verifications

The following documents must be received from the original source:

Proof of podiatric education

Verification of other state licenses

Examination scores

Federation disciplinary inquiry

In addition, the following documents must be original documents:

 NPDB report

Good Moral Character statement

Board Interview

At the discretion of the Licensure Committee, an applicant may be asked to appear before the Licensure Committee and may be asked to produce his or her original supporting documentation.  (All applicants are no longer required to complete a personal interview as in the past.)

Temporary Licensure

Since Board meetings are held every other month, an applicant who holds a license in another jurisdiction may be eligible for a temporary license and pay an extra $100 fee for issuance of a temporary license. This temporary license is issued once the fee has been paid and the application is complete. 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 Asked Questions)

How long will it take to get the license?

The average time is 2 to 3 months. However, it may take longer.

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.

 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 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 1-800-882-9539.

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 or those authorized by the applicant.


Request Application Packet by e-mail

Sheree Thompson, Supervisor of Licensing, Certifications and Renewals


(304) 558-2921, extension 70011


West Virginia Board of Medicine, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 103, Charleston, WV 25311