North Carolina Medical Board

North-Carolina-Medical-License1203 Front Street
Raleigh, NC  27609-7533
P.O. Box 20007 (Mailing Address)
Raleigh, NC  27619-0007
Phone: (919) 326-1100
Fax: (919) 326-1130
Director: Joy Cooke


  • Application Fee: $404
  • Background Check Fee : N/A
  • License Renewal: $175


  • Application process: 4-5 months minimum
  • Board Meetings: Most files are not required to go to a Board meeting. Once all documentation is received, the file will go to Quality Assurance. If approved, the license will be issued in 2-3 weeks.

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 1 year from the date it is received by the Board. Some documents may need renewing after 2 months.
  • FCVS: This state requires an FCVS profile if the applicant is a foreign medical graduate or the applicant already has an established profile.
  • Interview: The Board may require the applicant to attend a personal interview when, for instance, 1) the applicant has committed any acts constituting grounds for denial of license 2) the Board is in receipt of information requiring additional information or explanation from the applicant and 3) the applicant’s application is incomplete or requires further explanation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • USMLE Attempt Limit: 3 attempts per step.
  • USMLE Time Limit: No time limit.
  • PGY (AMG): 1 Year
  • PGY (IMG): 3 Years
  • SPEX/COMVEX: Required unless board certified/re-certified in the last 10 years. Accepts the PR (Physician Recognition) Award in lieu of SPEX.

I have had the occasion to apply for medical licensure in many states.  In the past, I have made the applications on my own and I have found this task most arduous and time-consuming with the multiple requirements for documentation.  I recently had the need to apply for another state medical license and came across an advertisement for Physician Licensing Service.  From the initial contact with them, I found a very professional, personal and responsive organization dedicated to achieving a rapid and efficient procurement of the desired license.  The personnel were always available to answer questions and to truly be on top of all of the paper work.  They were in constant contact with the Medical Board and the various agencies that were involved with the process.  I received my license in a very short time; while in the past, doing it myself, many months elapsed.  The cost of the services provided were well worth it.  I handily endorse Physician Licensing Service and recommend it to anyone requiring state licensure.
– Dr. MBL, North Carolina

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About North Carolina:

North Carolina is located in the Southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte. In the past five decades, North Carolina’s economy has undergone a transition from reliance upon tobacco and furniture to a more diversified economy with an emphasis on engineering, biotechnology, and finance.
North Carolina became one of the English Thirteen Colonies, and was originally known as Province of Carolina. Originally settled by small farmers, sometimes having a few slaves, who were oriented toward subsistence agriculture, the colony lacked cities or even towns. The menace of pirates along the seacoast settlement, but by 1718 the pirates had been captured and executed. Growth was strong in the middle of the 18th century, as the economy attracted Scotch-Irish, Quaker, English and German immigrants. The colonists supported the American Revolution, as the Loyalists were weak. North Carolina made the smallest per-capita contribution to the war on any state, as only 7800 men joined the Continental Army under General George Washington; an additional 10,000 served in local militia units under such leaders as General Nathanael Greene. There was some military action especially in 1780-81. Many Carolinian frontiersman had moved over the mountains into Tennessee, and the state relinquished its claims to his Tennessee to the national government in 1789. After 1800, cotton and tobacco became important export crops, and the eastern half of the state developed a plantation system based on slavery, while the western areas were dominated by white families who operated small farms. In the early national period, the state became a center of Jeffersonian Democracy and Jacksonian Democracy with a strong Whig presence especially in the West.
Between 2008 and 2009, North Carolina was the eighth-fastest growing state by population in the United States, and the fastest growing state east of the Mississippi River. North Carolina has a wide range of elevations, from sea level on the coast to 6,684 feet at Mt. Mitchell, the highest point in the Eastern US. The coastal plains are strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical climate zone. More than 300 miles from the coast, the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.
* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of North Carolina, click here.


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