North Carolina Medical License

North Carolina Medical License Board

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Contact information

Physical Address: 3127 Smoketree Court, Raleigh, NC 27604
Mailing Address: PO Box 20007, Raleigh, NC 27619-0007
Telephone: (919) 326-1100 or (919) 326-1109
Free Long Distance: (800) 253-9653
Fax: (919) 326-1131

Things you need to know

  • North Carolina medical license renewal fee is Physician renewal fees will increase to $250 per year.
  • The application fee for a full physician license will increase to $400.
  • Fee: $438.00.
  • License process takes within 60 to 90 days of receipt of their application.

License requirements

North Carolina Board of Medicine establishes the following requirements:

  • ECFMG if applicable, there is no additional exam required for getting North Carolina Medical Board License.
  • 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 from a NC facility where procedure will take place, how long the physician will participate, the type of procedure and the name of the NC physician responsible for overseeing the procedure.
  • For American Medical Graduates, the average processing time for a North Carolina Medical License is between 16-20 weeks. However, North Carolina does offer an expedited medical license pathway for qualified applicants with “clean” histories.
  • For International Medical Graduates, the North Carolina Medical Board requires the use of the FCVS.
  • If you have previously established a profile with the FCVS, the average processing time for a North Carolina Medical License is between 16-20 weeks.
  • If you have not previously established a profile with the FCVS, the average processing time for a North Carolina Medical License is between 16-24 weeks.
  • SPEX/COMVEX Requirement: May be required for board to assess current competence if written licensure exam or board certification exam not taken within the last 10 years. (applicant may obtain AMA PRA in lieu of SPEX)
  • USMLE Attempt Limit: Applicant may have passed each step within three attempts however, the board may waive the three attempt requirement if the applicant has been certified or recertified by an ABMS, CCFP, FRCP, FRCS or AOA approved specialty board within the past 10 years.
  • USMLE Time Limit: No time limit.
  • PGT (US/Canada Medical Graduate): One year.
  • PGT (International Medical Graduate): Three years (less than three years of GME may be accepted if applicant is certified by an ABMS or AOA specialty board or holds the CFPC, FRCP or FRCS).

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State description

North Carolina, home of country, blues and Cherokee Indians, is now a fairly conservative and prosperous state in the northern part of the so-called South Atlantic states. It borders the state of Virginia in the north and Tennessee in the west, and is washed by the Atlantic Ocean in the east. The capital of North Carolina is the “oak” city of Raleigh, known for its dense and picturesque oak forests, the word “Raleigh” itself comes from the name of the English court adventurer Walter Raleigh, a favorite of Queen Elizabeth.

Major cities are Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Wilmington.

North Carolina has four international airports – Charlotte, Ginsborough, Wilmington and midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham.