NABP’s Electronic Licensure Transfer Program® (e-LTPTM) enables licensed pharmacists to easily transfer their existing pharmacist license to one or more states or jurisdictions. NABP facilitates the license transfer process on behalf of its member boards of pharmacy, who ultimately make the licensure decision.
New Online Application Now Available
On April 2, 2018, NABP launched an upgraded online system that provides a completely paperless application process for licensure transfer. Prior to the launch, applicants were notified of the following:
- All printed Official Applications must be received by the applicable state board of pharmacy by March 30, 2018, or they will be null and void.
- Time extensions for applications will not be valid after March 30, 2018, and no time extensions will be available after March 30.
- For applicants applying to transfer a license to Colorado, Maine, Oregon, and/or Utah, in addition to the above, you must take and pass the MPJE prior to submitting the Official Application for Transfer of Pharmacist Licensure to the state board.
- Licensure transfer applicants who do not complete and submit their Official Application to the applicable state board of pharmacy by March 30, 2018, must submit a new licensure transfer application after April 2, 2018, using the new, paperless process and pay the application fee of $375, plus $75 for each additional state.
Each state board of pharmacy has a set of requirements that a pharmacist seeking licensure transfer must meet before the board will issue a license to practice pharmacy. Before submitting an application for licensure transfer, review the requirements for all states where you wish to transfer your license. Some states require an appearance before the board, a criminal background check, and/or a state transfer application. A few jurisdictions require a state law examination other than NABP’s Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination. It is your responsibility to know the boards specific requirements and fees and to ensure that you have satisfied all requirements and submitted fees within appropriate timelines.
Please check with the board of pharmacy for a comprehensive list of all the state’s requirements.
Colorado, Maine, Oregon, and/or Utah Candidates for Licensure
NABP confirms eligibility to test for candidates who select Colorado, Maine, Oregon, and/or Utah as their primary state of eligibility. Prior to submitting a Licensure Transfer application you must pass the MPJE. Visit the MPJE section of the website to find out more about taking the MPJE and the eligibility process for these states.
The Licensure Transfer (e-LTP) Process
After you log into your NABP e-Profile and complete and submit the e-LTP application, NABP verifies the information you provided. As part of this process, your existing license(s) undergoes a background check and is screened through the NABP Clearinghouse, a national repository of pharmacist information supplied by the state boards of pharmacy. NABP compiles all of this and electronically sends it to the board of pharmacy for final review.
Please allow sufficient time to complete the entire licensure transfer process – the time can vary depending on the applicant and the board of pharmacy.
Submit Application to NABP
The Licensure Transfer 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 3-5 business days. Additional time may be needed if you have disciplinary actions against any of your licenses.
Before submitting your e-LTP application, it is your responsibility to contact the boards of pharmacy in the jurisdictions where you are seeking licensure to obtain information on fees and documentation required by the board(s). In addition, you are responsible for ensuring that all fees and board-specific documentation is submitted to the board within appropriate timelines.
When filling out the application, be prepared to provide the information listed below:
- A recent, full-faced, passport-quality photograph for upload
- Education history
- Practical experience before your original license was issued (eg, internship hours)
- Examination history
- All pharmacist license information, including current, active licenses and expired, inactive, lapsed, etc, licenses.
- Last two years of employment related to pharmacy
- Disclosures of actions on pharmacist license
Note: If you are taking the NAPLEX and have requested a Score Transfer(s), you do not have to apply for licensure transfer. e-LTP is only suitable for those pharmacists with an existing license.
NABP Submits Application to Board of Pharmacy
Once your application is successfully processed, NABP electronically submits your application to the applicable board(s) of pharmacy for evaluation. The board of pharmacy in jurisdictions where you are applying for licensure transfer will make the final decision regarding if a license is issued.
Once the board receives your application from NABP, they will review it, 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 board of pharmacy to determine its requirements. In addition, some boards may have study materials available for the MPJE.
The MPJE is established as a required law examination in 50 jurisdictions. If you register for the MPJE when you submit the Preliminary Application, you may decrease the total processing time for your license transfer. Please note that the board of pharmacy must notify NABP of your eligibility before you can be issued an Authorization to Test. It can take up to 10 days from the date NABP receives eligibility until you are emailed the Authorization to Test. Once you take the test, it can take up to seven days for MPJE scores to be reported to the board.
License Transfer Fees
e-LTP Application — $375
Additional States — $75 each
All additional states must be submitted at the time of initial application. e-LTP application fees are non-refundable.
NABP offers discounts to military members and their spouses. Active military members, reserves, and veterans will receive an unlimited number of complimentary licensure transfers. Their spouses will be reimbursed for 50% of the application fee and 50% of the additional state fee. To receive the discounts, contact Customer Service prior to submitting the e-LTP application.