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Scheduling the National Exam

“I have my 10-digit National Registry number, so why can’t I schedule the national exam and where is my eligibility number?”

One of the more confusing aspects of becoming a certified Medical Examiner (ME) is the verification process. In accordance with the FMCSA NRCME Final Rule, the DOT must first verify a provider’s medical credentials before placing their newly assigned 10-digit National Registry number, also known as an eligibility number, into a database that the testing companies are linked to. It can take the DOT anywhere between one to three weeks to verify a provider’s credentials, depending on the time of year and the amount of providers needing to be verified at the same time. Providers will know that they have been verified when they can schedule the national exam online with either Prometric or PSI Testing.

If it has been more than three weeks since you applied for your National Registry number and cannot schedule the national exam, or more than three weeks since you passed the national exam and have not received your final certificate from the DOT, then contact the DOT directly at (recommended) or by telephone at (617) 494-3003.

Medical providers who do not pass their NRCME national exam no longer have to wait 30 days to reschedule. This applies to both initial certification and 10-year recertification. As soon as the FMCSA receives the failing notice from the testing company, they will update the provider's FMCSA account, a process that may take up to 7 days. Once the update is complete, the provider can promptly reschedule their next exam. For more information, please contact the FMCSA directly at or by phone at (617) 494-3003.

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About the NRCME Exam
Testing Options: PSI or Prometric?
NRCME Exam Testing in Hawaii
NRCME 10-Year Recertification
Scheduling Your Recertification Exam
A Tale of Recertification

Enroll in the NRCME Training Institute today or purchase our $99 NRCME Exam Reference Materials. Call us at (941) 600-8411 for more program information and for any current single provider enrollment discounts.

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10-Year Recertification Notice

Certified Medical Examiners on the National Registry are required to be recertified no sooner than 9 years and no later than 10 years from the date of issuance of their medical examiner certification credential. Recertification requires that providers complete an accredited training program such as ours and pass the in-person national NRCME certification examination.

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