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Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants

  1. Can doctors applying for licensure as physicians or podiatrists file their applications online?
  2. What application and/or licensure fees will I need to pay to obtain my New Jersey license?
  3. How long should the application process take before my license is issued?
  4. Where should I mail or deliver any correspondence?
  5. Does the New Jersey Medical Board accept physician core credentials submitted via the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)?
  6. How many years of residency training are required for licensure eligibility?
  7. Do I have to submit a USMLE transcript if I have submitted my ECFMG certification?
  8. Where will the Medical Board send my license when it is issued?
  9. Do I have to submit the form with the Child Support Questions even if I don’t have children?
  10. How do I contact the Medical Board to check the status of my application?
  11. Is a Criminal History Background Check required prior to obtaining my license?


  1. Can doctors applying for licensure as physicians or podiatrists file their applications online?
    In the near future applicants will be able to file their applications online and also will be able to electronically check the status of their applications. In the meantime, doctors who wish to apply for licensure should contact the Medical Board at 609-826-7100 to request that an application packet be mailed to them.
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  2. What application and/or licensure fees will I need to pay to obtain my New Jersey license?
    All applicants for physician or podiatrist licensure are required to pay an application fee which must be submitted with the application. The current application fee is $325 for physicians and $125 for podiatrists. The application fee is non-refundable. At the time of licensure, applicants will be asked to submit the appropriate license fee. The current license fee consists of a one time endorsement fee of $225 for physicians and $150 for podiatrists, plus a registration fee of $290 per year. The total license fee will depend on whether the license is issued in the first or second year of the current biennial registration period. Application and license fees are to be paid by money order or certified check - personal checks are not accepted.
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  3. How long should the application process take before my license is issued?
    On average, it will typically take 3 months from receipt of application to issuance of the license. The following variables can affect the time to process your application:
    • Timely receipt of necessary supporting documents from appropriate 3rd parties.
    • Completion of the criminal history background check.
    • The seasonal volume of applications received by the Medical Board.
    • Issues raised during the application review process requiring additional follow-up.
    To assist the Medical Board in providing the timely issuance of your license, it is suggested that the applicant take a proactive approach in following up with those facilities submitting documents on your behalf to ensure they have submitted the required forms in a timely manner.
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  4. Where should I mail or deliver any correspondence?
    All regular mail should be sent to the following address:
    New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners
    PO Box 183
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0183
    Please note that overnight/priority mail sent through the United States Postal Service will also be delivered to the post office box and not to the Medical Boardís physical address. Should you wish to utilize overnight delivery service directly to the Medical Board, you are encouraged to use DHL, Fedex, or UPS and send to the following address:
    New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners
    140 East Front Street, 3rd Floor
    Trenton, NJ 08608
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  5. Does the New Jersey Medical Board accept physician core credentials submitted via the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)?
    New Jersey will accept that your core credentials be submitted via an FCVS packet. Please note that the FCVS packet provides the core credentials (i.e. identity, medical education, postgraduate training, examination history/score transcripts - as well as the ECFMG certificate which is required from applicants who graduated from medical school outside the U.S.). Upon reviewing the physicianís application, you will note that additional supporting documentation will be required in addition to the FCVS packet (i.e. AMA/AOA Physician Profile, Employer Verification Form-BME-PEA, and Malpractice Insurance Carrier Form-BME-MI).
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  6. How many years of residency training are required for licensure eligibility?
    All applicants who graduated prior to July 1, 1985 must have completed a minimum of 1 year of ACGME/AOA accredited training to be eligible for licensure. Graduates of non-LCME accredited medical schools (i.e. international medical school graduates) who graduated after July 1, 1985 and before July 1, 2003 are required to complete 3 years of ACGME/AOA accredited training. Graduates of LCME accredited medical schools prior to July 1, 2003 must complete 1 year of ACGME/AOA accredited training. All applicants graduating after July 1, 2003 must have completed 2 years of accredited training and have a contract for a 3rd year of accredited training.
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  7. Do I have to submit a USMLE transcript if I have submitted my ECFMG certification?
    The ECFMG certificate reflects the passing results of only steps 1 and 2 of the national licensing exam (i.e. USMLE steps 1 and 2). Your USMLE transcript is necessary to verify completion of all 3 steps of the USMLE exam sequence.
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  8. Where will the Medical Board send my license when it is issued?
    The license will be mailed to the mailing address indicated on your application. If you move during the application process, you must notify the Medical Board in writing to ensure your license is sent to the appropriate location. The United States Postal Service will not forward your license.
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  9. Do I have to submit the form with the Child Support Questions even if I donít have children?
    The form must be completed and submitted by all physician and podiatrist applicants.
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  10. How do I contact the Medical Board to check the status of my application?
    For general follow-up on your application, contact the Medical Board call center at 609-826-7100. Upon review of your file, your reviewer will contact you to give you a status update and she/he will give you her/his direct contact information for any additional follow-up.
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  11. Is a Criminal History Background Check required prior to obtaining my license?
    In your application packet, you will receive a Certification and Authorization Form for a Criminal History Background Check. Complete the form and return it to the Medical Board with your license application. Once the Medical Board receives the form you will then receive instructions and the necessary documents to complete the fingerprint process. New Jersey law requires that every person seeking licensure or certification as a healthcare professional must undergo a Criminal History Background Check.
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