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ECFMG 2022 Information Booklet

Your ECFMG Record


Your Name

You must ensure that the name in your ECFMG record matches your name exactly as it appears on your current, unexpired passport. The name in your ECFMG record will appear on your Standard ECFMG Certificate once you have met all requirements for certification. You must use this name consistently in all communications you send to ECFMG, including applications and requests for other services. Failure to use the name in your ECFMG record consistently in all communications with ECFMG may delay exam registration. It may also prevent you from taking an exam for which you are registered and scheduled.

You can check the name in your ECFMG record via ECFMG’s on-line services. If the name in your ECFMG record does not match your name exactly as it appears on your passport, you must follow ECFMG’s established process to request a change of name in your ECFMG record. See Changing Your Name in Your ECFMG Record.

  • The name in your ECFMG record will appear on your exam scheduling permit. Your name, as it appears on your scheduling permit, must exactly match the name on the form(s) of identification you present at the test center. Please review your scheduling permit for details and limited exceptions. See information on required identification under Taking the Examination in The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
  • If the name on your scheduling permit has been misspelled, contact ECFMG immediately by e-mail, telephone, or fax. Use the contact information for General Inquiries on the Contact ECFMG page of the ECFMG website.
  • 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.
  • If the name on your medical diploma, transcript, or other credential does not match exactly the name in your ECFMG record, you must submit documentation, as described in Verifying Your Name in Medical Education Credentials that verifies the name on your medical diploma, transcript, or other credential is (or was) your name.

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