Have you completed any accredited postgraduate training?
Verify if your previous training is accredited.
- If you have not completed any accredited training, follow the Residency Permit steps below.
- If you have completed any accredited training, review the questions under the "Licensing eligibility and next steps" section below.
Complete the Minnesota Application for Residency Permit. Then print it out and physically sign and return via mail to:
Licensing eligibility and next steps
Graduates should fall into one of the following categories.
U.S. and Canadian graduates
- Have completed one or more years of accredited training and have passed all exams below, or
- Are currently in the first year of accredited training and have passed all exams below
- Have completed two or more years of accredited training and have passed all exams below, or
- Are currently in the second year of accredited training and have passed all exams below
If you meet the eligibility conditions in 1 or 3 above, complete the licensure process below. Your license needs to be issued prior to starting your program.
If you meet the eligibility requirements in 2 or 4 above, complete both:
- Residency permit application (above), and
- Licensure process (below).
This means you need to send your initial application after Feb. 1 to the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.
Qualifying exams include:
- Steps of USMLE (1-3), COMLEX (1-3) or
- Parts 1 and 2 of Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) qualifying exams
The above-mentioned exams must have been completed within three attempts, and Step 3 passed within five years of Step 2.
If it has been more than 10 years since you have passed Step 3, are you board certified?
- If yes, you are eligible.
- If no, take the Special Purpose Examination (SPEX) to become eligible.
It is the policy of Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education that all eligible trainees obtain and maintain a Minnesota medical license. Start the licensure process with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for your appointment if you meet the requirements above.
Mayo Clinic reimburses licensure fees once you begin your training program and your license is issued. Keep a copy of your application as well as your check electronically, as you will need these to be reimbursed. The Minnesota board does not issue a receipt unless you request one. Mayo Clinic will not reimburse Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) fees.
Licensure process for a dental license
It is the policy of Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education that an appropriate dental license is obtained from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry before beginning your training program.
To complete the dental license application:
- Select the application under Licensure by Exam Requirements.
- If you do not have your diploma yet, submit a copy of the front page of the dental license application along with the application fee. When the board receives this from you, it will send you the background (fingerprinting) information.
- Complete the fingerprinting as soon as possible and return it to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. The board will then start the background study process.
- When you receive your diploma, send it along with the remaining parts of your application to the board. It is very important to do this as soon as you have your diploma to avoid a delay in your license being issued.
- It is not necessary to complete the nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, contracted sedation or general anesthesia application.
For your Minnesota dental license, you are required to take the Jurisprudence Examination. This can be taken at any PSI exam center.
It is your responsibility to pay for the Jurisprudence Examination and licensure fees. Mayo Clinic reimburses these fees once you begin your training program. Keep a copy of your application as well as your check electronically, as you need these to be reimbursed.
For questions about the permit or license process, contact: