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What is the process for obtaining a license in Illinois?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Adrienne J. Hersh, JD
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Q.:  What is the process for obtaining a license in Illinois?


A.:  Illinois allows for new chiropractic physician licensure by two different methods: acceptance of exam and endorsement.  Acceptance of exam is for a chiropractic graduate who has taken and passed the required parts of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners test and who has not been licensed in Illinois or another state.  Endorsement (sometimes erroneously referred to as “reciprocity”) is the method for a chiropractic doctor who is already licensed in another state.  Under endorsement, Illinois issues the license based on the other state license without requiring the doctor to take an additional exam.  This method is available if the qualifications in the first state were substantially equivalent to Illinois’ requirements at the time the applicant was licensed in the first state.


Note: If you have 5 or more failures of any portion of the boards, the State of Illinois requires "remedial education” amounting to 960 hours (equivalent to one academic year) of additional education. Each portion of the exam that is failed in any jurisdiction counts as a failure.


Additionally, if you have not been in active practice or a chiropractic student during the two years immediately preceding your license application, the State of Illinois may require you "to complete such additional testing, training, or remedial education as the Licensing Board may deem necessary to establish the applicant's present capacity to practice medicine with reasonable judgment, skill and safety.” More information on this requirement can be found here:


You can find a complete explanation of the licensing process on the ICS website at, including detailed information about the application, qualifications and IDFPR review, as well as other types of chiropractic licenses available in Illinois.


The application form for chiropractic physician licensure by acceptance of exam and endorsement can be found at:


You can find more links regarding licensure in Illinois here:


More information about the Medical Practice Act in Illinois can be found here:



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