Licensing program overview


The North Carolina Medical Board (“NCMB”) requires a background check as part of the licensure process.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, certain agencies and organizations that customarily perform services for applicants in association with background checks, including preparation of fingerprint cards, have temporarily ceased operations.  As a result, on March 18, 2020, NCMB temporarily suspended the background check requirement for licensure.  Applicants will not need to have a background check at this time to be issued a North Carolina medical license.  Applicants will be required to obtain a background check at a later date.  If a background check does not reveal any concerning information, the license application will be considered complete.  If concerning information is revealed, NCMB may investigate and take action against the license.  Applicants who fail to obtain a background check at a later time may also face disciplinary action.


Please be advised that NCMB accepts electronic notarization or “e-notary” documents.  North Carolina e-notary document services must be obtained from Electronic Notary Solution Providers authorized by the N.C. Department of Secretary of State.  Find a list of approved e-notary service providers.

For more information on e-notary in North Carolina, access the North Carolina Secretary of State page relating to e-notary.

If you are having trouble obtaining a picture to submit with your license application, NCMB will temporarily accept a quality photograph of an unexpired driver’s license or other unexpired government identification card that has a picture of you on it.  The picture quality must be of a suitable nature to easily identify the likeness of the applicant portrayed in the picture.

Criminal Convictions - Please Be Aware

1.  NCMB requires applicants for licensure to submit to a criminal background check as part of the licensure process.

2.  NCMB will review all relevant information when processing a license application and making a determination on licensure. As part ofits review, NCMB considers criminal convictions.  When considering criminal convictions, the NCMB shall consider all the factors listed in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 93B-8.1(b1). Review the factors listed in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 93B-8.1(b1) here.

3.  If NCMB denies an application in whole or in part because of a criminal conviction or otherwise, there is an appeals process that the applicant can pursue through N.C. Gen. Stat § 90-14.1. Review the appeals process in N.C. Gen. Stat § 90-14.1 here.