NABP’s Electronic Licensure Transfer Program (e-LTP) 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.
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 a Preliminary 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.
Please check with the board of pharmacy for a comprehensive list of all the state’s requirements.
The Licensure Transfer (e-LTP) Process
After you log into your NABP e-Profile and complete and submit the e-LTP Preliminary 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. All of this information is compiled into an Official Application. The Official Application is mailed to you for completion, and you must send 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 Preliminary Application to NABP
The Preliminary 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 up to seven business days. Additional time may be needed if you have disciplinary actions against any of your licenses. When filling out the Preliminary Application, be prepared to provide information about:
- All license information, including:
- Original pharmacist license
- Licenses obtained by score transfer
- Licenses obtained via licensure transfer
- Expired licenses
- Education history
- Practical experience before your original license was issued (eg, internship hours)
- Results of all pharmacist licensure examinations taken
- Practice as a pharmacist and employment
- Professional history
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.
For the best user experience in the Preliminary Application, see FAQ #11 for Browser Requirements.
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.
You must complete and send the Official Application to the board of pharmacy. The board must receive the Official Application within 90 days of the original issue date or it is null and void.
Prior to sending the application you must:
- Complete the affidavit and moral character voucher sections
- Attach two recent photographs
- Include the state’s registration fee (if applicable) with the application
The 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 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 49 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.
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 prior to submitting a Preliminary Application. There is an $85 processing fee.
License Transfer Fees
Preliminary Application — $375
Additional States — $75 each (must be submitted at time of initial application)
*Preliminary Application fees are payable online with a credit card; personal checks are not accepted.
Preliminary Application fees are non-refundable.
Official Application Change of State — $75
Official Application Time Extension — $75
**Company checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks are accepted for licensure transfer requests, time extensions, changes of state, and additional state requests.
Personal checks are not accepted.
NABP offers discounts for military members and their spouses. Active military members will be reimbursed for 100% of the Preliminary Application fee, and their spouses will be reimbursed for 50% of the fee. Both discounts can only be applied to one state. Additional states cost the regular fee. To learn how to take advantage of the discounts, contact Customer Service.
Board of Pharmacy Fees
NABP has compiled a listing of fees charged by the boards of pharmacy for transfer of pharmacist licensure. Some states also charge a fee for verification of your license. Fees are subject to change.