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.


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 allopathic and osteopathic physicians, advanced life support personnel, athletic trainers, dietitians, genetic counselors, licensed nutritionists, medical assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physician assistants, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and respiratory care practitioners are licensed to practice in South Dakota.


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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.


The Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program

The Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program provides a $10,000 payment to eligible health professionals who complete a three-year, full-time service commitment. The eligible health professionals that are licensed by this board are: Dietitian or Nutritionist, Occupational therapist, Physical therapist, Paramedic, and Respiratory therapist 

Use this link for more information:

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 under Forms and Helpful Links. 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 SDBMOE requires primary verification directly from the source (not a public website) to make application for any type of licensure in South Dakota. This meets the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standard -surveys are unnecessary.

Board Action Note

Please note that all recent disciplinary 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.