Pa. Dept of State Transitioning to New Online Licensure System

The Pennsylvania Department of State's (DOS) Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) is transitioning to a new online licensing system. This new system, called the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS), will replace MyLicense—the state's current online licensing system.

The State Board of Osteopathic Medicine has already implemented PALS. Applications for unrestricted Osteopathic physicians and surgeons are now available only on the PALS system.

The State Board of Medicine is currently transitioning from MyLicense to PALS. However, there is no timetable for when the Board of Medicine will be online with the PALS system.

What can I expect from PALS?

BPOA hopes that PALS will make the online application and renewal process more user-friendly by: streamlining operations, improving processing times, eliminating (to the extent possible) the use of paper records, accepting digital uploads of most documentation, maintaining security and privacy safeguards, and standardizing the collection and maintenance of licensing records and reports.

In addition to online application and renewal, the PALS site (available at www.pals.pa.gov) provides access to various other licensing services. Specific features of PALS include:

  • Online Application Submission and Monitoring Process: Applicants and licensees can submit and check the status of their applications online. The PALS system will also enable the emailing of application discrepancy notices. Once the system is fully implemented, discrepancy notices will no longer be mailed.
  • Request Documentation of License Verification: Verification/certification of licenses can be requested. Upon completion of the online request form and fee payment, the Board will electronically send the requested document and a secure link to the designated recipient.
  • Self-Reporting of Disciplinary Actions: Licensees can self-report their arrest, criminal conviction, or disciplinary action in another jurisdiction via a Mandatory Reporting application.
  • Complaint Filing: A new link to file complaints online. Complaints previously could be filed online via Board websites.
  • Online License verification: The PALS Online License verification service allows the public to search and verify BPOA-regulated licensees, facilities, providers, and disciplinary actions.
  • Mcare Report Filing: Physicians can file Mcare Reports, to report medical liability lawsuits. Attorneys, facilities, and other authorized parties may also report on behalf of physicians.

Where Can I Find More Information?

Additional information on the PALS system can be found here.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) will continue to monitor the implementation of the PALS system and share updates with PAMED members. 

For more information on licensure requirements in Pennsylvania, visit PAMED’s Legal Resource Center at  www.pamedsoc.org/LegalResourceCenter. PAMED's Legal Resource Center provides quality, timely legal advocacy and resources for member physicians who practice in Pennsylvania.

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