License Application FAQs

  1. USMLE and COMLEX: Is there a limit on the number of attempts to pass?
  2. Can I use electronic fingerprinting to complete the fingerprinting requirement?
  3. Is it okay to fill out a license application online using a mobile device?
  4. I completed the FCVS application. Do I also need to complete the NCMB application?
  5. Why can’t I log back into my application to make changes or update information?
  6. How do I know if my medical school qualifies for licensure?
  7. Does NC offer a teleradiology license?
  8. Will I need a personal interview?
  9. How long will it take to get my license?
  10. What do I do with the State of Connecticut form?
  11. You have two mailing addresses, which one should I use?
  12. Can I fax documents to the Board to include in my application?
  13. What is the best way for me to check the status of my application?
  14. What if an item on my check status is marked not received but the items does not apply to me?
  15. If I’m applying for a full license, do I still need to register my training license?
  16. How do I find out if I’m registered with FCVS (Federation Credentials Verification Service)?
  17. Do I need to obtain a license verification if I have only held training licenses?
  18. Does the NC Medical Board issue a locum tenens license?
  19. Does the NC Medical Board issue temporary licenses?
  20. How do I convert my resident training license to a full license?
  21. Where do I send the fingerprint cards?
  22. How do I get the fingerprint cards required for my background check and where do I get them filled out?
  23. Does North Carolina recognize medical licenses issued by any other states?
  • USMLE and COMLEX: Is there a limit on the number of attempts to pass?

    Yes. You must pass each step within three attempts (Step 1, Step 2 Part A, Step 2 Part B, Step 3). However, this requirement can be waived IF the applicant can show proof of being certified/recertified by an approved specialty board within the past 10 years. To document certification/recertification, send a photocopy of supporting document(s) to the NCMB Licensing Department.


  • Can I use electronic fingerprinting to complete the fingerprinting requirement?

    Yes, only if you are having your fingerprinting completed in NC.


  • Is it okay to fill out a license application online using a mobile device?

    No, it is not recommended. Mobile devices are not supported at this time.


  • I completed the FCVS application. Do I also need to complete the NCMB application?

    Yes.


  • Why can’t I log back into my application to make changes or update information?

    Once payment has been made on your application, you will not be allowed to make any changes to your application.  All changes and/or additions should be .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)to the Licensing Department.


  • How do I know if my medical school qualifies for licensure?

    The NCMB does not have a list of approved or disapproved schools.


  • Does NC offer a teleradiology license?

    No.  Physicians wanting to practice teleradiology will need to obtain a full license


  • Will I need a personal interview?

    It will be detemined upon completion of the application as to whether a physician will be required to appear for a personal interview.


  • How long will it take to get my license?

    You should not expect the application process to take less than four months.  Processing time will take longer during the months of March through August, due to the increased number of residents and relocating physicians.  We recommend you allow four to six months of total processing time if you wish to be granted a license during these months.

    The following lists common reasons a license approval may take longer:

    • Forms submitted by the applicant are not completed correctly and must be resubmitted.
    • The fingerprint cards and authority to release form were not sent to the NCMB in a timely manner.
    • One or more of the items mailed to the NCMB never reached us.

  • What do I do with the State of Connecticut form?

    If you have a Connecticut license, complete the form and forward to the Connecticut Medical Board.


  • You have two mailing addresses, which one should I use?

    You should always send mail to the PO Box address unless you are sending the information via overnight delivery.


  • Can I fax documents to the Board to include in my application?

    Fax documents are not permitted unless prior permission has been given by the license department.


  • What is the best way for me to check the status of my application?

    You can check the status of your online application by clicking the “check status” link on the website.


  • What if an item on my check status is marked not received but the items does not apply to me?

    You should send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)and advise which requirement states not received and that it’s not applicable to you.


  • If I’m applying for a full license, do I still need to register my training license?

    Yes. North Carolina law requires that physicians register their license within thirty days of their birthday each year.


  • How do I find out if I’m registered with FCVS (Federation Credentials Verification Service)?

    You should contact their office at 817-868-4000 or www.fsmb.org/fcvs.html


  • Do I need to obtain a license verification if I have only held training licenses?

    The NC Medical Board does not require verification of training licenses.


  • Does the NC Medical Board issue a locum tenens license?

    No.


  • Does the NC Medical Board issue temporary licenses?

    No.


  • How do I convert my resident training license to a full license?

    You will need to complete the full physician license application online.


  • Where do I send the fingerprint cards?

    Fingerprint cards and the authority to release information form should be sent to the NC Medical Board together.  Fingerprint cards cannot be forwarded to the appropriate agency until the online application fee has been paid.


  • How do I get the fingerprint cards required for my background check and where do I get them filled out?

    Send an e-mail to the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  and provide your mailing address.  When you receive the cards from us, go to your local law enforcement agency, have them filled out and mail them back to the NCMB.


  • Does North Carolina recognize medical licenses issued by any other states?

    No. North Carolina does not have “reciprocity” with any other states at this time. Physicians who wish to practice in North Carolina must obtain a license in this state.