Transferring Your License

Submit Preliminary Application to NABP

The Preliminary Application gathers information on the credentials needed for the board of pharmacy to make a decision about licensure transfer. Among other things, the Preliminary Application requires information about:

  • Your original pharmacist license
  • Your education
  • Practical experience before your original license was issued (eg, internship hours)
  • Results of all pharmacist licensure examinations taken
  • Licenses obtained by score transfer, if any
  • Licenses obtained via licensure transfer, if any
  • Practice as a pharmacist and employment
  • Professional history

NABP’s online application will save entered information – you can start the application and come back to it at your convenience. Once you submit the application, NABP will begin the review process, which can take five to seven business days. During this time, NABP will verify your information; additional time may be needed if you have disciplinary actions against any of your licenses.

Transfer Fees

NABP charges a processing fee of $375 for the Preliminary Application for the first state and $75 for each additional state, if the request for additional states is submitted at the same time. Some states also charge a fee for verification of your license. That fee is payable to the board of pharmacy. 

Submit Official Application to Board of Pharmacy

Once your Preliminary Application is successfully processed, NABP will mail you an Official Application for Transfer of Pharmacist Licensure. Within 90 days you must complete the affidavit and moral character voucher sections on the official application, attach two recent photographs (if required by the board), and mail the application to the appropriate state board of pharmacy along with that state’s registration fee. Review the state’s licensure transfer requirements – special conditions or requirements may apply.

Once you submit your Official Application to the board of pharmacy, that board will review your application, assess your fulfillment of its other requirements, and, if the board deems you qualified, issue you a license to practice pharmacy in that state or jurisdiction.

State Law Examination

Many states require you to successfully complete a law examination before they issue a license by licensure transfer. Be sure to check with the applicable state or jurisdiction to determine its requirements.

The MPJE is established as a required law examination in 48 jurisdictions. If the MPJE is a requirement for licensure transfer, review the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin for further information on the exam.

Registering for the MPJE when you apply for licensure transfer can decrease the total processing time. Please note, however, NABP must receive a notice of eligibility to test from the board of pharmacy before you will be issued an authorization to test. It can take up to 10 days from the date NABP receives eligibility before you will receive an e-mailed authorization to test, and five to seven days before the score will be reported to the board.

Colorado and/or Utah Candidates for Licensure: NABP confirms eligibility to test for candidates wishing to sit for the Colorado and/or Utah MPJE. A NAPLEX/MPJE Eligibility Request form must be completed and returned to NABP. There is an $85 processing fee.