licensure transfer

nabp’s electronic licensure transfer program® (e-ltptm) enables licensed pharmacists to easily transfer their existing pharmacist license to one or more states or jurisdictions. we facilitate the licensure transfer process on behalf of our member boards of pharmacy. as part of the process we verify the information you entered in your e-ltp application through nabp e-profile. your existing licenses undergo a background check and are screened through nabp clearinghouse, a national repository of pharmacist information supplied by the state boards of pharmacy. the boards ultimately make the licensure decision based on the information gathered by nabp.





check the board website for state-specific requirements or restrictions.pass the mpje
(or other law exam specified by state).
submit licensure transfer application via nabp e-profile.wait for notice from bop regarding licensure decision.

*individuals seeking to transfer licensure to certain states must pass the mpje prior to submitting a licensure transfer application. see more information about eligibility.

some states may require applicants to submit the licensure transfer application prior to receiving eligibility to sit for the state mpje. refer to the state board website to verify application steps before beginning the process.

get started

get started by reviewing these five steps to make sure you meet the requirements of the states where you want to transfer your license. these steps must be completed before you start the licensure transfer application, because each jurisdiction has a unique set of licensure transfer requirements.

  1. download the list of common state restrictions.
  2. read the state laws and regulations for licensure transfer.
  3. confirm the law examination requirements on the board’s website and take the law examination before applying for licensure transfer, if applicable.
  4. review the board’s state-specific application for licensure transfer if one is required.
  5. check the board’s website for any additional information. you may be required to:
    • appear before the board,
    • complete a criminal background check, or
    • print and mail the completed licensure transfer application to your board.

completing these steps prior to submitting a licensure transfer (e-tlp) application will provide you with accurate information on state-specific fees or documentation required by the board for licensure.

you are responsible for ensuring that all fees and state documentation is submitted to the board within appropriate timelines. this is not included in the nabp application process.

pass the law exam

many states require you to successfully complete a law examination before they issue a license by licensure transfer. check the board of pharmacy website to determine what is required. a majority of jurisdictions require the mpje. the mpje is offered by nabp, and you can register for the examination in nabp e-profile.

if you are seeking licensure in one of the following states, you must pass the mpje before submitting a licensure transfer application: 

nabp confirms eligibility for these states, and your passing mpje score is needed to apply for the licensure transfer application. there is an $85 fee for the eligibility request. read more about the mpje and download the naplex/mpje candidate application bulletin for additional information about taking the mpje and the eligibility process for these states.


once you have identified and completed the state-specific requirements, log in to your nabp e-profile and submit the licensure transfer application. you can start the application and finish it at your convenience. the application will save your progress.

be prepared to provide the following information in your application:

you will also be asked to disclose any disciplinary action taken on your license, including suspension, termination, or revocation, to complete the application.

adding or changing states

multiple states can be included in one application, but changes cannot be made once the application is submitted. you may not add, delete, or change one state to another on a submitted application. if you need to make a change to a requested state, you will need to submit a new application after the existing application has been processed by nabp and submitted to the applicable boards of pharmacy.

allow time for processing

we will review your submitted application within three to five business days. additional time may be needed if you have disciplinary actions against any of your licenses.

your application will then be sent to the boards of pharmacy, and they will review it, assess your fulfillment of the other requirements, and make a licensure decision. applicants do not need to contact the board to let them know the application is available. the processing time can vary depending on the board.

note: some boards require that you print and mail the application to the board office. verify this step on the board’s website before you apply.

application fees

licensure transfer application$375
additional states$75 each
nabp applications are non-refundable.

armed forces discount

nabp offers discounts for members of the armed forces and their spouses. when you begin your licensure transfer application, you will be given an opportunity to apply for the discount. requests are not accepted via email. your discount request must be approved before you submit and pay for your licensure transfer application.

active members, reserves, and veterans of the armed forces will receive an unlimited number of complimentary licensure transfers. their spouses will be reimbursed for 50% of the application fee and 50% of the additional state fee. for more details on obtaining an armed forces discount, see the armed forces faq.

refund policy

nabp does not provide refunds, credits, or prorated billing for licensure transfer applications that have been submitted to nabp. you will not receive a refund if:


if you cancel your application, you will not receive a refund from nabp. if you would like to cancel the licensure transfer application you have submitted, contact us at