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Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacists on Licensure by Reciprocity

General Questions

Q: How long does the Licensure by Reciprocity process take?
A: 6-8 weeks


Q: If I’ve had discipline on my license, will the process take longer?
A: Yes


Q: Does North Carolina reciprocate with Puerto Rico?
A: Yes


Q: Does North Carolina reciprocate with California?
A: Yes. Effective 9/29/2015, a California licensee who passed the NAPLEX on or after January 1, 2004 will be eligible to proceed through the reciprocity process in North Carolina.


Q: Can I reciprocate to North Carolina using a license that I obtained through Reciprocity?
A: No.  You can only reciprocate with a license you obtained through Exam.


Q: Does my “licensure by exam” state license need to be active in order to use it to reciprocate with?
A: Yes


Q: I am a foreign graduate; do you require the FPGEC from NABP?
A: Yes


Q: Is the FPGEC required, even if I obtained licensure in another state without it?
A: Yes


Q: What is the fee for North Carolina for Reciprocity?
A: $600


Q: When do I pay the fee?
A: You are required to pay the $600 fee with the NC Reciprocity Applicaiton, which is the first step in the licensure process.


Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: There is a credit card authorization form attached to the NC Reciprocity Application. The only forms of payment we accept are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.


Application Questions

Q: After I submit my North Carolina Reciprocity Application, do I have to wait for the NC Board to receive it before I start on NABP’s application?
A: No, you may start working on the NABP’s license transfer application right away.


Q: How long does it take for the NC Board to process my North Carolina Reciprocity Application?
A: Please allow 1-2 business days, from the date of receipt. for your credit card to be processed and to receive an email notifying the candidate that the NC Reciprocity Application has been receieved. 


Q: How long does it take for the NC Board to process my NABP Official Application?
A: Please allow 7-10 business days, from the date of receipt, for your NABP Official Application to be reviewed. You will receive an email after your application has completed the review process.


Q: Will you notify me once my applications have been reviewed?
A: Yes, I will email you within the timeframes listed above.


Q: Is the MPJE required?
A: Yes


Q: How should I prepare for the MPJE?
A: The questions for the MPJE will be pulled from the NC Pharmacy Laws and the NC Pharmacy Rules, links to both documents can be found on our website.  Additionally, you should study the FAQs on our website and NABP’s Registration Bulletin, which is posted on NABP’s website.

Q: When will I receive my Authorization To Test code (ATT)?
A: 3-5 days after I make you eligible.  You will only be made eligible after I’ve received, reviewed, and approved both applications.


Q: When will my score be posted on NABP’s website?
A: 3-5 days after you take the MPJE.


Q: What happens if I fail the MPJE?
A: You will have to wait 30 days before you can retest.


Licensure Questions

Q: How often are Reciprocity candidates licensed?
A: Eligible Reciprocity candidates will be licensed weekly, by the close of business on Wednesdays.


Q: When will I be licensed?
A: After your passing score is received, you will be licensed on the next upcoming Wednesday.


Q: Where will you mail my license?
A: You will provide your most current information on a form that will be emailed to you after your score is received. I’ll mail your license to the home address you provide.


Q: How long will it take to receive my license in the mail?
A: You should allow 4 weeks to receive your license in the mail.


Q: Can I get my license number before I receive it in the mail?
A: Yes. On our website we have a “Verify a License” tool.  Enter in your name and if you are licensed your license number will be displayed. 


Q: Can I print a certificate?
A: Yes.  Once you have your license number, you can Log In through our website and there you will be able to print your annual certificate.



Revised 9/29/15


Please contact Missy Betz with additional questions about the Reciprocity process.


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