You must ensure that your name of record with us matches your name exactly as it appears on your current, unexpired passport. Your name of 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 us, including applications and requests for other services. Failure to use your name of record consistently in all communications with us may delay exam registration. It may also prevent you from taking an exam for which you are registered and scheduled.
You can check your name of record via our on-line services. If the name in your record does not match your name exactly as it appears on your passport, you must follow our established process to request a change in your name of record. See Changing Your Name in Your Record.
- Your name of 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. The only acceptable differences are variations in capitalization; the presence of a middle name, middle initial or suffix on one document and its absence on the other; or the presence of a middle name on one and middle initial on the other. Please review your scheduling permit for additional details. 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. Use the contact information for General Inquiries on the Contact ECFMG page of the ECFMG website.
- If you change your name of 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 us, it will be invalidated when your name of 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 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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