Montana Board of Medical Examiners

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

(NOTE: The Commission is not a committee, sub-committee, or other subdivision of the Montana Board of Medical Examiners.)

For more information on the Compact, the IMLC Commission and/or the Board’s participation, contact Executive Officer Sam Hunthausen at: 406-841-2360 or

The Compact Commission's website is

Montana Physicians Can Apply to the Compact Commission for Licensure in Other States!

Montana-licensed Physicians can apply to the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission and select Montana as the State of Principal License. This means Montana can issue a Letter of Qualification for licensure in other states within the Compact. Click  to review the Compact in Montana law

Please visit for information about applying, fees, etc.

Criminal background check: All Physicians wishing to receive a license via the Compact must submit fingerprints to the Montana Department of Justice and pay a $30.00 fee to that department. A Letter of Qualification cannot be issued until a state and federal criminal background check is completed. 

Click the button for more information onSubmitting Fingerprints , the criminal background check requirement, and other information about applying with Montana as your State of Principal License.

The Compact--an introduction.

In 2015, the Montana Legislature passed--and Gov. Steve Bullock signed--HB 429 that enabled Montana to enter a new interstate compact for the licensing of Physicians—the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact or IMLC. The Board of Medical Examiners supported that bill.

The Compact now is incorporated into MCA 37-3-356: The Governor is granted the power to appoint Montana’s commissioners in MCA 37-3-357: The Compact is governed by a Commission made up of two commissioners from each state that has entered the Compact. Montana’s commissioners, by appointment of the governor are:

  • Dr. James Burkholder of Helena, a physician member of the Board of Medical Examiners
  • Mr. Abe Abramson of Missoula, is a public member of the Board of Medical Examiners


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