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Tips for Applying

Apply Early!
The credentials verification process is dependent on the timely and complete responses of medical schools and training programs. As a result, we cannot guarantee how long it will take to process your application. Because unforeseen delays can occur during the credentialing process, FCVS encourages applicants to complete their FCVS application at least two months before they need their FCVS profile submitted to the state medical board for licensure.

State Licensure/State Applications
The FCVS application is NOT the same as an application for state licensure. FCVS does not issue medical licenses. This function is performed only by state licensing authorities. Each state licensing authority will most likely require information and verification of credentials in addition to those verified by FCVS. They also have their own application for licensure. Many state boards accept or require the Uniform Application for licensure purposes. Please visit your designated board(s) website to view their specific application and requirements.

Application Documents and Forms
Please submit all required forms as soon as possible. The Affidavit & Release and Certification of Identification forms may be submitted electronically using online E-Notary service or mailed to FCVS if using a traditional notary service. All other required forms and documents may be scanned and uploaded as part of your application. Release forms are required before verification requests may be initiated.

Diploma Image Requirements
FCVS requires you to submit a photocopy of your diploma that is sized 8.5" x 11". Options for having your diploma reduced to this size include the following:

  • Many universities offer to replace your diploma in a smaller size for a nominal fee. Contact your school’s Office of the Registrar to find out if your university offers this service.

  • FedEx offers services that include scanning to make reductions of your larger format documents. Most FedEx locations can scan documents that are up to 36” wide and not mounted or framed

Editing a Submitted Application
You may edit your application at any time. If you edit your information while your application is being processed, the new information will not be updated on the current application until you advise FCVS of the changes. Please contact a Customer Support Representative at 888-ASK-FCVS Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST for assistance if you want to add/correct/delete any information entered in your application.

Application Status Communication
Email is the primary mode of communication between FCVS and the applicant. You will be notified via email with status updates on the progress of your application. To avoid FCVS emails going to spam, please add to your email address book.