Montana Physician License Requirements

What are the requirements to become a licensed physician in Montana?

Candidates must:
Graduate from medical school
Complete two years post graduate training
Pass all three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
Be of good moral character

How do I apply for a Montana physician license?

The Montana Board of Medical Examiners (MBME) does not have its own application.  The MBME licenses Montana physicians through the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).  The applicant must apply to take and pass each exam individually. The Universal Application is available online along with instructions on the FSMB website.  You can apply online or print the application and mail it to the FSMB at the appropriate address found on the application. Fees can be paid by check or money order.

How much does it cost to become a licensed physician in Montana?

USMLE Step 1:

USMLE Step 2 CK:

USMLE Step 2 CS:

USMLE Step 3:

License fee:

Biennial renewal

Are there continuing education requirements for Montana physicians?

The board does not impose any continuing education requirements on Montana physicians.

Does a Montana Physician need to form a certain type of business entity?

In addition to becoming a Montana licensed physician, you may want to start your own practice.  Registering your Montana business entity with the Secretary of State offers many benefits and protections for physicians. Montana allows physicians to choose the entity that best suits their needs.  Physicians may form standard partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, etc. Physicians may also create professional corporations (PC) and professional limited liability companies (PLLC). These professional entities allow licensed individuals to form a corporation or LLC for the purpose of practicing their profession.  Shareholders must also be licensed to render the service as must half of the officers and directors. Montana does not require entities to include a description of the service (such as the word “physician”) in the business name.  If you choose to form a PC in Montana, you are required to file the articles of incorporation with the licensing authority, in this case, the Montana Board of Medical Examiners.

Starting your medical practice can be easy. Once you have chosen the type of entity you want to form, we can file the appropriate documents with the Montana Secretary of State for you or provide all the information you need to do it yourself.  We provide business formation services and ongoing business compliance services by acting as your registered agent for just $100.00.  You get your Montana Physician License and we will properly form your Montana business.  And for just $49 per year, we will provide ongoing business compliance services by acting as your Montana Registered Agent.

MBME forms:

FSMB forms:

SOS forms: