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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Licensees and applicants can change their addresses, phone numbers and email addresses by logging in and going to the licensee website. Once here, click on Update Contact Info in the right menu.

Email or Call Us

Please email your questions or concerns to our general email at . This option allows you to include as much detail related to your question so we can better assist you.

You may certainly call the office and ask a question but realize that the person answering the phone does not necessarily understand the complexities of what you are asking and may not be able to give an immediate answer. 


The following professions have continuing education requirements (CEU, CME, etc.):


Complete and submit the Replacement Licensure Card Order Form located on our website under Forms and Helpful Links. There is a $10 fee for the replacement card.

The definition of Primary Source Verification is the act of obtaining the applicant's credentials (the document itself or verification of the document) directly from the original or primary source. Verification of edcuational programs, exams, and state licenses for the application process all must be received primary source.



We cannot provide timelines for the application process. This is because each application is unique and it is not possible to determine the time needed to have the requried verifications returned to the Board office. Once an application is submitted it must be completed within 120 days.

20:78:03:02. Initial review. The executive secretary shall review all license, permit, and certificate applications subject to this chapter to determine if the applicant has submitted all required documents, information, fees, and other materials. The executive secretary shall notify the applicant of any materials missing from the application. The applicant has 120 days to provide the information intended to complete the application.


20:78:03:03. Incomplete application. If an applicant fails to submit required materials within 120 days of notice that materials are missing from the application, the executive secretary shall designate the application as withdrawn, or, upon receiving a written request showing good cause, may allow an applicant additional time to complete the application. The executive secretary shall notify the applicant if an application is designated as withdrawn.

             The executive secretary's designation of an application as withdrawn may be appealed to the board by written notice filed with the executive secretary within ten days after notice of withdrawal by the executive secretary. If no timely appeal to the board is filed, the executive secretary's designation of an application as withdrawn remains.


Please click here to see the instructions that are sent with each packet to the applicants (instructions).

The timeframe for the background investigation can vary.

  • If the first set of cards are not rejected and processed the complete report is generally received in 7-14 days from the date the cards were sent for processing.
  • If the cards are rejected, a letter and new card is mailed to the applicant/licensee to be completed. Once the second card is received it is sent for processing and if not rejected generally takes 7-14 days.
  • If the second card is rejected as well the background investigation is completed manually and can take 6-8 weeks to complete.

This would depend on if verifications are outdated by the time the full medical license application is submitted. Each license verification is time sensitive. Once the application is submitted a checklist of required items is created, you will be able to determine if the verifications need to be requested again based on this checklist.

There are various reasons for an application file to be presented at a Board meeting. If the applicant is required to come before the Board, notification will be made during the application process. The application file would need to be completed a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the Board meeting to be added to the agenda.

Once an application file is completed it will go through a final review before being issued. This process is time dependent on the number of applications also in final review.

If you know your existing password, login to your online account and select Change Password from the upper left-hand menu.

If you do not know your existing password, select Forgot Password on the login screen and submit the Forgot Password Form. This form will be processed and an email will be sent to you with your username and a temporary password.


Please note this is a manual process and will only be completed during regular business hours.

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.

Yes, the applicant is required to request all post graduate training beginning with PGY1 to the final completion year verifications sent primary source to the Board.

  • (EMT) Advanced Life Support
  • (AT) Athletic Trainer
  • (GC) Genetic Counselors
  • (LN) Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • (MA) Medical Assistant
  • (MD/DO) Physician Surgeon
  • Medical Corporation or Limited Liability Company
  • (OT) Occupational Therapist
  • (OTA) Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • (PT) Physical Therapist
  • (PTA) Physical Therapist Assistant
  • (PA) Physician Assistant
  • Physician Assistant Corporation or Limited Liability Company
  • (RCP) Respiratory Therapist


There is a fee for primary source verification, $8 for the online service and $30 to send to another state board. Licensee profiles however have no charge and include expiration date, license type, supervision relationships and any board action.

No, however all public board actions since 2005 are available on the website. For earlier public board actions, prior to the current website, these are being placed as time permits.

The 3 most important points are: Honesty, Honesty and Honesty. Please take the time to answer the questions correctly. Also, as needed, provide detailed and complete explanations. Do not wait until the last minute.


For a medical group, this process is similar to using one check for multiple invoices or paying a credit card bill. Here is the procedure:

  1. The licensee or authorized agent will log in and compelte the online renewal application. At the end the application there will be different payment options available, please select "Pay by Check". A payment voucher will then be generated.
  2. A copy of each of the payment voucher page must accompany the check so the correct renewal applications are credited.


If you do not renew your license before March 1, it will automatically forfeit by statute. Because the license is then no longer active, you may not practice medicine in South Dakota because it is a crime. The Board will have grounds for taking disciplinary action if you are practice without a license. Other entities or parties such as insurance carriers, etc. might also take issue with this situation.

Yes, renewal applications must arrive in the SDBMOE office to be reviewed and approved prior to forfeiture as indicated in your practice act.

It will be sent to the mailing address that you have chosen for all board correspondence on your renewal application.

The mailing address that you have chosen on the renewal application is used and every reasonable effort is made to ensure that your license, certificate, or registration arrives by first class mail. The Board is not responsible for mishaps that occur while mail is in the care of the US Postal Service. If your renewed license, certificate, or registration is returned by the US Postal Service, the card will be re-mailed, provided a different address is available. The Board does not keep copies of your license, certificate, or registration. There is a $10 administrative charge for issuing a duplicate license, certificate or registration.

Should you want to reinstate and renew a license, certificate, or registration forfeited due to non-renewal, first, send a statement of why the license, certificate, or registration was not renewed. You are welcome to email this statement to our general email at .  You will be informed in writing as to your eligibility and if you are eligible, instructions will be sent to you. Reinstatement and renewal is an application process which may involve additional costs and time.

Please be aware if you are eligible to reinstate and renew, a new number will be issued.

By statute, the Board expenses must not exceed revenues. In this respect, the Board is considered a "fee for service" operation. The fees charged are a source of revenue to offset the expense of administration, constant updating, and regulation of your license, certificate or registration. There are many hours involved in processing applications and maintaining current files. It costs the Board as much to maintain a licensee file with Inactive status as it does to maintain a licensee file with Active status.  The fees from applicants applying for licensure, fees from registration renewal, and fees for other services are the basis for the Board's operating budget. We are not given money from any state tax source, or from the State of South Dakota’s General Fund. We do not have a no-fee renewal status, because processing each renewal consumes agency resources.

If you cannot remember your password, you may use the "Forgot Passowrd" feature on the online renewal website.  To request your login information, send an email to with your name and profession; your username will then be emailed to you.

There are four payment options:

  • Pay By Credit Card - You may pay online using a credit/debit card.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
  • Pay By Credit Card - If you choose to not pay online, please print the Receipt/Payment Voucher and fax or mail in with your credit card information.
  • Pay By Check - If using this option, please print the Receipt/Payment Voucher and return with your payment.
  • Employer/Third Party is paying fee - If using this option, please print the Receipt/Payment Voucher and have the employer return with your payment.


The SDBMOE online verification system accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.

The 3 or 4 digit code printed on the back of the credit card, usually following the printed card number, in the signature area. A Credit Card Code is an item used to help protect against fraudulent use of credit cards.

Call the credit card customer service number (800 number on back of card) to verify the billing address. Address verification problems with your submitted credit card information is most likely because the billing address of the card doesn't match the address being submitted.

Call the credit card customer service number (800 number on back of card) to verify the information you are entering into the payment form is correct. Electronic credit card submissions require a number of validation checks to help protect against fraud. Two tools commonly used for this are the Credit Card Code and the Billing Address.

Ensure the information you provide accurately reflects the information on the card and accurately reflects the information at the credit card company, specifically:

  • Street Address
  • Zip code
  • Card number and expiration
  • Card code (last three digits on the back of the card)
  • Ensure the credit card account has funds available.

It is good practice to obtain the most recent credit card statement and use the address as shown verbatim. If any of the aforementioned information requirements are inaccurate or omitted, purchases are declined. As your credit card information is not stored on our website, we have no idea what you are entering into the form, or what your bank shows for information.

If you have further questions, please contact us and provide the time of your transaction, the last four digits of the card, and the names and company names used in the payment form.


The SDBMOE online verification system only accepts credit card payments.

Anticipate a processing time of up to 1 week. 

SD license verifications being sent to another state board CANNOT be ordered via the SDBMOE Online Verification System.

  •  Please complete and submit the primary source verification order form located under Forms and Helpful Links to have your request completed. 
  •  The Fee is $30 per verification request.



Contact us immediately by emailing us at or using the Contact Us Link on our Homepage. Please indicate how the error occurred and also it is helpful to send a screen shot of the error you received, to assist with researching the issue.

This feature is for those requestors who have a large number of licenses to verify. Have the license numbers in a text file; with either a comma separating each license number or each line of the file should contain a single license number. Use the "Browse..." button on the search screen to select that file. The site will return a list of all matching license numbers from which you can then choose to purchase (use the clear all function and then check those needed).

With multiple license or profession types, have each profession in a separate file. On the search screen, select the matching profession for that file before performing your search. Choosing the “Select All” license types for a single license number can result in more than one match.


Please review the licensee's profile, Board Action is the last tab listed in the profile information. The Licensee Profile is free to view and is considered public information.

The most common reasons to not find a license are as follows:

  1. The license expired prior to 2003 and may not be in the system.
  2. Licensee used a different name in the past (married, maiden, etc.)
  3. For a license number containing 3 or less digits, try the number zero (0) in front of the number.
  4. Do not narrow the search with a license type.
  5. When searching with a name you must have at least 4 characters for the search to generate results.


All verifications, regardless of format (electronic or printed with the Board seal), come straight from the Board and are therefore primary source verifications. Verification of licensure (especially state board to state board) is a necessary official function of the regulatory Board. The rates charged are a source of revenue to offset the expense of constant updating and administration. By statute, the board expenses must not exceed revenues.



I took a Basic Sciences Examination and received a Certificate of Registration in the Basic Sciences from the South Dakota State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences however; I did not obtain a South Dakota license after passing this exam. Can I get a verification of the Basic Sciences Examination Scores from the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners (BMOE)?

No, the BMOE could not verify these examination scores because the BMOE would not have the scores. Additionally, there would be no mention of these scores in previous board meeting minutes because there was no license issued. You could try contacting the state archives in Pierre as they may examinations and scores. Here is the contact information that we have on file:


SD State Archives

900 Governors Drive

Pierre, SD  57501

Phone:  (605) 773-3804



CO has instituted a new medical profiling act that requires doctors to complete a profile which includes identification of all their medical licenses including dates of issue, expiration and renewal. The South Dakota Board may NOT be able to provide exact dates for an expired South Dakota license, especially if the expiration preceded the Board’s electronic database.  The CO State Board has informed the South Dakota Board that physicians are allowed to provide their best estimate for the expiration by using four digits, do NOT use the word "unknown".  For further questions regarding this situation, please contact our office via or fax to (605) 367-7786; include copies of any and all South Dakota documentation that you have available in order to assist a response.