It's now easier to apply for licensure transfer

May 2, 2005

Pharmacists who want to transfer their licenses to another state can now download the application directly from the Web site of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

Pharmacists who want to transfer their licenses to another state can now download the application directly from the Web site of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

The six-page Electronic Licensure Transfer Program (ELTP) application can be downloaded in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format from http://www.nabp.net/. Applicants can then complete the downloaded form on their computer or by hand and then print it out and mail it off to NABP.

One major change that should appeal to pharmacists is the elimination of the section where they had to write down that they had not been convicted, fined, disciplined, or had their license revoked. The on-line criminal and disciplinary history section now consists of six questions with check boxes for yes or no answers.

The ELTP application still must be sent in via snail mail, but NABP is working to make the process totally electronic. "This is the first phase of a major infrastructure overhaul," said NABP executive director Carmen Catizone. "The end result will very shortly be to create an interactive database of real-time information so candidates will no longer file paper forms with NABP or the boards; their information will be generated almost in real time to the states for approval, cutting the processing time for licensure transfer applications."

For more information, contact NABP Customer Service Department at (847) 391-4406, or by e-mail at custserv@nabp.net
. The application form can be downloaded by going to http://www.nabp.net/, clicking on the "Licensure Transfer" button, then selecting "Licensure Transfer Application" and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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