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 Launching April 2
Beginning April 2, 2018, NABP is launching an upgraded online system that provides a completely paperless application process. Applicants are encouraged to wait until after the new system launches on April 2 to apply for licensure transfer. Details on the new process will be provided prior to implementation of the system.
- 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 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.
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 Preliminary Application you must pass the MPJE. For more information, download the eligibility request form for licensure transfer candidates.
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 unless a time extension is purchased.
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.
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 one-time discounts for military members and their spouses. Active military members, reserves, and veterans 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 one time and to one state. Additional states and future applications 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.