FAQs

  1. How long does it take NABP to process the preliminary application?
  2. What does "basis state" mean?
  3. What terms are used for license transfer?
  4. When do I have to mail the Official Application to the Board?
  5. How do I apply for a time extension for my official application?
  6. How do I apply for a change of state for my Official Application?
  7. How much do I have to pay to have my license transferred?
  8. What form of payment is accepted?
  9. Do I have to be licensed a year before I can transfer my license to a particular state?
  10. I need to know how many internship hours I completed before I sat for the NAPLEX. How do I find out?
  11. Do I have to include my “expired” or “inactive” licenses on my preliminary application for license transfer?
  12. Can I make changes to the Professional History section on the Official Application?
  13. Is there a discounted price or exemptions for a license transfer application/fee for active military personnel and/or a military spouse?
  14. Will I lose my license once the transfer process is complete?
  15. Do I have to maintain my original license by examination?

1. How long does it take NABP to process the preliminary application?

NABP processes the preliminary application within 5-7 business days. The time to process the preliminary application may vary depending on the state of original licensure, whether or not discipline has ever been imposed on a license(s), and how many different pharmacist licenses an applicant holds.

2. What does “basis state” mean?

"Basis state" is the state in which you have an active license to practice and that you intend to use as a basis to transfer a license. 

3. What terms are used for license transfer?

Some states use the terms “reciprocity,” “endorsement,” and/or “assignment of score” in place of “license transfer.” NABP uses the term “license transfer” for this service.

4. When do I have to mail the Official Application to the Board?

You must mail the completed Official Application for Transfer of Pharmacist Licensure to the appropriate state board of pharmacy within 90 days of the original issue date. The Official Application is null and void 90 days after the original issue date unless you have obtained an extension. 

5. How do I apply for a time extension for my Official Application?

You may extend the original deadline up to one year from the original Official Application issue date. Extensions are issued in 90-day periods; three 90-day extensions are possible.

To request a time extension, return the Official Application to NABP and include a written request and appropriate fee for each 90-day period. (Each 90-day extension costs $75 per state.)

Payment for extensions must be by money order or cashier’s check. Personal checks will not be accepted. Time extensions may be approved up to a maximum of one year after the date of issue. Applications that are not filed within this time period are null and void.

Note: In Rhode Island, Official Applications are only good for six months from the original date of issuance. Extensions for this state are issued in 90-day periods; only one 90-day extension is possible. If you exceed the six-month time frame, you must complete a new preliminary application for license transfer.

6. How do I apply for a change of state for my Official Application?

If you wish to change your state, the Official Application must be returned to NABP with a fee of $75.

Payment for a change of state must be by money order or cashier’s check. Personal checks will not be accepted.

7. How much do I have to pay to have my license transferred?

The fee to transfer your license is $375 for the first state and $75 for each additional state. Requests for additional states must be submitted at the same time that you are applying for your first state.

Transfer fees are as follows:

  • The preliminary application and first state transfer fee: $375
  • Each additional state transfer: $75
  • Changes of state: $75
  • Time extensions for the Official Application: $75

8. What form of payment is accepted?

The preliminary application for license transfer must be submitted online with a credit card payment.

For the Official Application, company checks are accepted for licensure transfer requests, time extensions, changes of state, and additional state requests.

Personal checks are not accepted.

9. Do I have to be licensed a year before I can transfer my license to a particular state?

A few states require, at minimum, licensure for one year; however most states will allow a transfer of licensure for less than one year. Please contact the board of pharmacy in the state you are seeking licensure for its individual state requirements.

10. I need to know how many internship hours I completed before I sat for the NAPLEX. How do I find out?

Most states require you to have a minimum of 1,500 internship hours before you can sit for the NAPLEX. Please contact your state board of pharmacy for the exact number of pre-licensure hours that you filed with the state board.

11. Do I have to include my “expired” or “inactive” licenses on my preliminary application for license transfer?

Yes. All licenses must be listed on the preliminary application.

12. Can I make changes to the Professional History section on the Official Application? 

No. However, you may submit a statement along with the official application to the board of pharmacy with the additional information you would like to change in the professional history section.

13. Is there a discounted price or exemptions for a license transfer application/fee for active military personnel and/or a military spouse?

Yes. With proof of active military affiliation, there is a discount. The active military personnel application fee is discounted at 100%. The military spouse application fee is discounted at 50%, therefore, the application fee is $187.50, an extension request is $37.50 each, and to add a state is $37.50.

14. Will I lose my license once the transfer process is complete?

No. The license transfer process (reciprocity) will not cause you to lose any license previously granted by a state board.

15. Do I have to maintain my original license by examination?

If you choose not to renew your original license by exam, or any other license(s) you hold via score transfer, endorsement, or reciprocity, you are encouraged to check with the state board of pharmacy for the most current information regarding its individual state requirements. A full list of contact information for the state boards can be found on the NABP website. Please contact Customer Service if you have additional questions.