Temporary medical licenses (code #125)

You must apply for a temporary license If you have fewer than 24 months of U.S. or Canadian training in an approved, accredited program.

This license is the property of Rush University Medical Center and will be issued in your name and the program in which you are designated to start. It is valid for up to three years from your start date but may be extended for longer training.

Transferring temporary medical licenses (code #125)

If you hold an Illinois temporary license from another Illinois Institution, you must transfer it to Rush University Medical Center.

Please go to the IDFPR’s website to print the temporary transfer license application at Click Licensee Application (Select Transfer of Temporary Licensure). If you are an International Medical Graduate without a U.S. social security number you must complete a paper application and send it to the address below.

Rush University Medical Center

Graduate Medical Education

600 S. Paulina St., Suite 403 AAC

Chicago, IL 60612-1833

For temporary training licenses, your program coordinator will complete and scan you the CA-MED form.

Permanent medical licenses (code #036)

You qualify for permanent license if you have taken and passed all three U.S. Medical Licensing Examination or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination steps and have completed two years of training in an approved U.S. or Canadian clinical program. This license is required by most fellowships. You must obtain your own license and send a copy to both the Graduate Medical Education office and your program coordinator/director prior to starting.

The permanent license is on a three-year cycle not tied to the application date. All expire July 31, 2020. If you have a permanent license for Illinois, please forward a copy to the GME office via fax at (312) 942-5727.

Controlled substance licenses (code #336)

For permanent license applicants/holders only

If you practice in Illinois locations where controlled drugs are stored, you must acquire controlled substance registrations for each practice location. (For Rush, please use the GME address. The license will be emailed to you from the IDFPR.) The controlled substance, or CS, license will not be issued until a permanent license is issued; it expires at the same time as the permanent license. The CS license is a prerequisite for a federal controlled substance or Drug Enforcement Administration registration. If you have a DEA license from another state, you must obtain an Illinois controlled substance license to use your DEA in this state.

 The $ 5.00 Application fee for the controlled substance licenses can be sent in a check to:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations
320 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62786


A temporary training license (code # 035) is issued only to those accepted or appointed to a residency or preceptorship position approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association. The temporary podiatry license will expire three years from the beginning date of the program or from the date of issuance if later than the beginning date of the program.

A permanent podiatric license (code # 016) requires one completed year of postgraduate training and expires on January 31 of each odd-numbered year.

DEA substance registration (code #DEA 224)

For permanent license applicants/holders only

Drug Enforcement Administration application forms for new applicants (those who do not already possess a DEA registration) may be made via the DEA website with a charge card. The registration costs $751 for three years.

To complete the application you will need the following:

  • Social Security number
  • Illinois State Controlled Substance Registration number
  • Illinois State Permanent License number
  • Credit card (VISA or MasterCard only)