Independent Medical Examiner (IME)

What you need to know about becoming an independent medical examiner

  • To be paid for independent medical exams for Washington workers' compensation, you must be approved and be assigned an IME provider account number.
  • You must reapply every 3 years, or when requirements change.
  • You must understand L&I requirements for Independent Medical Exams.

To apply as an IME provider

When L&I approves your application, we will notify you in writing.

  1. Complete the Medical Examiners' Handbook Certification Test and print a copy of the certificate of completion to submit with your application packet.
  2. Print and complete the IME Provider Account Application packet (F245-046-000).
  3. Mail a copy of your certificate of completion for the test along with the application packet to:

    Department of Labor & Industries
    Provider Credentialing and Compliance
    PO Box 44322
    Olympia, WA 98504-4322


Call L&I’s Provider Credentialing and Compliance at 360-902-6815.

Related Information

For the Washington Administrative Codes covering independent medical exams, see WACs 296-23-302 through 296-23-392.

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