ECFMG 2021 Information Booklet

Your ECFMG Record

Changing Your Name

If the name in your ECFMG record does not match your name exactly as it appears on your current, unexpired passport and you want to request a change of name in your ECFMG record, send a completed Request to Change Applicant Biographic Information (Form 182) to ECFMG. Form 182 is available in the Resources section of the ECFMG website and from ECFMG, upon request. Form 182 requires you to provide a reason for the name change and must be accompanied by a copy of the appropriate document(s), as defined on Form 182. ECFMG must be able to determine from the document(s) you submit that your name has legally changed from the name currently in your ECFMG record to the name you are requesting to appear in your record and that you are using this new name consistently. This means that it may be necessary for you to submit more than one document to support your name change request. For the purpose of changing your name, you must submit your current, unexpired passport (including the pages with your photograph and the expiration date). If additional supporting documentation is required, examples of acceptable documentation include:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate/License (if your name change is due to marriage)
  • Official Court Order/Name Change Documentation
  • Official Immigration Document, including
    • U.S. Resident Alien Card
    • U.S. Naturalization Certificate
    • Permanent Residence Card
  • Driver’s License

See additional information on documents in Important Notes below.

Important Notes: If you change the name in your ECFMG record while you are registered for an exam, a revised scheduling permit reflecting this change will be issued. ECFMG will send your revised scheduling permit via e-mail. You must present the revised scheduling permit at the test center on your exam date. Name changes must be received and processed by ECFMG no later than seven business days before your testing appointment, or you will not be able to test.
If you have a valid Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) on file with ECFMG, it will be invalidated when the name in your ECFMG record is changed, and you will be required to complete a new Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) before you may apply for examination.