The mission of the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners is to protect the health and welfare of the state's citizens by assuring that only qualified doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, physical therapists, advanced life support personnel, physician assistants, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and dietitians are licensed to practice in South Dakota.



Ceremonial Signing for SB 63 

SDBMOE member Deb Bowman, SDBMOE President Mary Carpenter, MD, SDBMOE Executive Director Margaret Hansen, SDAHO CEO Scott Duke, Susan Sporrer of the South Dakota Department of Health; SDSMA lobbyists Dean Krogman and Justin Bell, Sen. Deb Soholt, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Rep. Scott Munsterman, Nick Kotzea of Sanford Health with Gov. Dennis Daugaard after signing SB 63.


Proposed Administrative Rules

The South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners (BMOE) is proposing rules to:

1: Clearly define what constitutes a conflict of interest for Board members involved in BMOE hearings;

2: Provide a guideline for physicians to use when prescribing controlled substances; and,

Thank you for your comments on the proposed administrative rules. It is our expectation that the proposed rule "Best practices" will be postponed and continued in order to allow time for additional public comment.

3: Standardize the ethical expectations of licensees.

Information about the proposed rules can be found at

Click here to view submitted comments



Please note, the Board is collecting demographic information about its licensed healthcare provider’s such as supervision, education, specialty, practice address, etc. in the renewal applications.

PA - Physician Assistant License - Your current license is valid until May 1st at 11:59 pm. The online renewal application is available by clicking "Account Login" in the upper left menu.


New Applicants

Thank you for considering licensure in South Dakota. The application process is conducted in accordance with South Dakota codified law and administration rule. This is a link to the administrative rules related to the application process: Practice Acts with SD profession specific requirements can be found by using the Laws and Rules tab on the right menu.

 For specific questions of eligibility and formal review an application must be submitted online to evaluate qualifications and determine eligibility. An online account must be created prior to submitting an online application, to complete the online account request form click here (OAR). Please review the Board's General Guidelines for Criminal History.

Requirements for licensure that must be met include but are not limited to primary source verifications of training, all licenses held (current or expired), employment and hospital privileges, exam results, and any other verification that is deemed necessary by the Board. Several of the provider professions must also undergo a background check that includes fingerprinting.

Primary Source Verification - NCQA

The South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners (SDBMOE) requires primary source verification to make application for any type of licensure in South Dakota. The SDBMOE has communicated directly with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and have been assured that this meets the NCQA standard.

Board Action Note

Please note that all recent action documents are available online, but some older action documents may not be available online at this time. We will be adding the older documents as time permits. If you cannot locate the document please notify the Board office and we will assist with this matter.

Please note that an application fee only extends an initial license to the next renewal date. Initial licenses do vary in duration. It is the responsibility of all licensees to renew their license before expiration. Failure to renew shall result in automatic forfeiture or suspension of the license by statute. Licenses which have forfeited are not automatically entitled to renew.