Licensure

Full License Applications for Physicians

All physicians must receive a license from the Board prior to practicing medicine in NC. There are several pathways to licensure. Click “show more” to access applications and to determine which pathway best suits your needs before applying.

Application for a full license

Who should complete this application?

Graduates of U.S. and Canadian medical schools who DO NOT have a completed FCVS profile.
TIP: Before selecting this application, please review the criteria for the expedited full license application (immediately below) to see if you are eligible.

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Click on the “Online Application” button at right. Applicants are required to submit certain paper documents to supplement the online application. The NCMB only accepts applications submitted online.

Please view the checklist at right. It is designed to help you manage application requirements.

Renewal requirements

NC law requires licensed physicians to renew with the Board within 30 days of their birth date, every year, no matter when the license is issued. A renewal fee is required.

Am I eligible for licensure in North Carolina?

Eligibility requirements for licensure are listed in detail in the Application Checklist (download, at right). Failure to submit required information may result in delays. 
Learn more about licensing: rules and statutes.

Application credentials and fee are good for one year. If the applicant is not issued a license within the year and chooses to reapply, he or she will be required to resubmit all application credentials and an additional application fee. Click here to access the current license application fee schedule.


Application for a full license (expedited)

Who should complete this application?

Only those physicians who meet specific criteria may complete the expedited license application. A physician must meet ALL FOUR of the requirements outlined below to apply.

  • Board Certification: certification/recertification within the past 10 years by a speciality board recognized by ABMS, AOA, FRCP, FRCS or CCPC; no exceptions; no grandfathered certification
  • Active full and unrestricted license for the past (5) five years immediately preceding the application in a U.S. state, or the District of Columbia or a U.S. Territory or a Canadian province
  • Active in clinical practice providing patient care for an average of 20 hours or more per week for the last two years
  • Clean license application (defined in Eligibility Requirements; click “Show More”

Graduates of International Medical Schools must have a current ECFMG certificate or have completed a 5th pathway program.

If the Board determines, upon receipt of the application, that the applicant does not qualify, the applicant will need to notify the Board in writing requesting withdrawal of the application and a refund if payment was made.

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After verifying that you qualify for the expedited license application by reviewing the Eligibility Requirements (under Resources, at right), begin an application by clicking the “Online Application” button (under Web Links, at right).  NCMB accepts online applications only. Applicants may be required to submit certain paper documents to supplement the online application.

Application credentials and fee are good for one year. If the applicant is not issued a license within the year and chooses to reapply, he or she will be required to resubmit all application credentials and an additional application fee. Click here to access the current license application fee schedule.

Renewal requirements

NC law requires licensed physicians to renew with the Board within 30 days of their birth date, every year, no matter when the license is issued. A renewal fee is required.


Application for a full license using FCVS

To complete the NC Medical Board license application using FCVS, the applicant must complete both the NC license application AND have a completed FCVS profile.

Establishing an FCVS profile takes several months and requires contacting FCVS, an organization independent of the medical board. Applicants are encouraged to complete their FCVS applications six months before they need their FCVS profile submitted to the state medical board for licensure.

Who should complete this application?

International medical school graduates (IMGs) and applicants who have a completed FCVS profile must use this application, UNLESS they are eligible to apply via the expedited license application.
TIP: Before selecting this application, please review the criteria for the expedited license application (immediately above) to see if you are eligible.

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Click the “Online Application” button at right. Applicants may be required to submit certain paper documents to supplement the online application. The NCMB only accepts applications submitted on line.

Please view the checklist at right. It is designed to help you manage application requirements.

Renewal requirements

NC law requires licensed physicians to renew with the Board within 30 days of their birth date, every year, no matter when the license is issued. A renewal fee is required.

Am I eligible for licensure in North Carolina?

Eligibility requirements for licensure are listed in the Applications Checklist (download, at right). Failure to submit required information may result in delays.
Learn more about licensing: rules and statutes.

The average processing time for applications if 5 months.

Application credentials and fee are good for one year. If the applicant is not issued a license within the year and chooses to reapply, he or she will be required to resubmit all application credentials and an additional application fee. Click here to access the current license application fee schedule.


Application for reactivation of NC medical license

Who should complete this application?

Physicians who have held a NC medical license but have had the license placed on inactive status within the past calendar year. IMPORTANT: If the license is inactive as a result of a disciplinary action (revocation, suspension, surrender, etc.) then the physician must complete the reinstatement application.

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Click the “Online Application” button at the right. Applicants will be required to submit certain paper documents to supplement the online application.  The NCMB only accepts applications submitted online.

Please view the checklist at right. It is designed to help you manage application requirements.

Renewal requirements

NC law requires licensed physicians to renew with the Board within 30 days of their birth date, every year, no matter when the license is issued. A renewal fee is required.

Am I eligible for licensure in North Carolina?

Eligibility requirements for licensure are listed in detail in the Application Checklist (download, at right). Failure to submit required information may result in delays.
Learn more about licensing: rules and statutes.

Application credentials and fee are good for one year. If the applicant is not issued a license within the year and chooses to reapply, he or she will be required to resubmit all application credentials and an additional application fee. Click here to access the current license application fee schedule.


Application for reinstatement of NC medical license

Who should complete this application?

Physicians who previously held a NC license but whose license either has been inactive for more than one year or was made inactive as a result of disciplinary action (revocation, suspension, surrender, etc.).

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Click the “Online Application” button at right. Applicants will be required to submit certain paper documents to supplement the online application. The NCMB only accepts applications submitted online.

Please view the checklist at right. It is designed to help you manage application requirements.

Renewal requirements

NC law requires licensed physicians to renew with the Board within 30 days of their birth date, every year, no matter when the license is issued. A renewal fee is required.

Am I eligible for licensure in North Carolina?

Eligibility requirements for licensure are listed in detail in the Application Checklist (download, at right). Failure to submit required information may result in delays.
Learn more about licensing: rules and statutes.

Application credentials and fee are good for one year. If the applicant is not issued a license within the year and chooses to reapply, he or she will be required to resubmit all application credentials and an additional application fee. Click here to access the current license application fee schedule.