Volunteer Applications for Physician Assistants

The NC Medical Board offers additional license applications to meet the different needs of physician assistants wishing to practice medicine in North Carolina. Click “learn more” to access applications.

Limited Volunteer License Application for Physician Assistants

Who should complete this application?

Physician assistants who are not licensed in North Carolina but wish to volunteer at indigent clinics. A PA with a limited volunteer license can practice medicine in North Carolina for no more than 30 days per calendar year and may not receive compensation for services rendered at clinics specializing in the care of indigent patients.


Renewal requirements

NC law requires licensed physician assistants to renew with the Board within 30 days of their birth date, every year, no matter when the license is issued.

Am I eligible for licensure in North Carolina?

The following outlines the necessary requirements for licensure. Failure to submit required information may result in delays.

  • Application: chronological information beginning with high school, questions and applicant’s oath
  • Citizenship: a photocopy of a birth certificate, valid and unexpired U.S. passport or a statement regarding immigration status is required, whichever may apply
  • Documentation of legal name change if applicable
  • Fingerprint and criminal history record check through the SBI and FBI
  • Verification of active licensure from another state or jurisdiction indicating the status of licensure.
  • Fee: $38.00 (fingerprints)

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.

Please Be Aware

1. NCMB requires applicants for licensure to submit to a criminal background check as part of the licensure process.

2. NCMB will review all relevant information when processing a license application and making a determination on licensure.  As part of the NCMB’s review, it considers criminal convictions.  When considering criminal convictions, the NCMB shall consider all the factors listed in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 93B-8.1(b1).  Below is a link to N.C. Gen. Stat. Chapter 93B Occupational Licensing Boards where you can review the factors listed in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 93B-8.1(b1).
3. If NCMB denies an application in whole or in part because of a criminal conviction or otherwise, there is an appeals process that the applicant can pursue through N.C. Gen. Stat § 90-14.1. Review the appeals process in N.C. Gen. Stat § 90-14.1.

Learn more about licensing: rules and statutes.