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Request to Extend a USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK Eligibility Period (EPEx) Instructions
 

Item 1. Select Exam(s)
Please select the exam(s) for which you want to extend the eligibility period. Only the exam(s) for which you are currently registered will be displayed.



Item 2. Name of Applicant
This item provides your name as currently shown in your ECFMG record and instructions to follow if your name is not correct or has changed.



Item 3. Contact Information
This item provides your contact information (mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address) as currently shown in your ECFMG record and instructions to follow if your contact information is not correct or has changed.



Item 4. Certification by Applicant
You must read the Certification by Applicant statement and click the check box to indicate that you have read, understood, and agree to the statement. If you do not click the check box, you will not be able to proceed with your request.



Request Summary and Method of Payment
This is a summary of the information you provided in the on-line part of your request. Read this request summary carefully. This is your last opportunity to make changes or corrections before making payment and submitting the on-line part of your request to ECFMG.

Payment for an on-line request may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) or by electronic check (U.S. bank accounts only). First, indicate whether you are making payment by credit card or by check. Once you enter the payment information as outlined below, you will receive notification of whether your payment is approved or rejected. If your payment attempt is unsuccessful, you will be able to select another payment method and try again. Once your payment is approved, you will be able to proceed to the final part of the on-line request, the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) or Certification Statement (Form 183-E).

Payments by Credit Card
Before you proceed, make sure you have the credit card information ready. You will be entering our secured payment website and will have a limited amount of time to enter the required information. You must provide the following:
  • Credit card account number
  • Credit card expiration date
  • Cardholder’s name
  • Cardholder's U.S. street address or country of residence if cardholder resides outside the United States
  • Cardholder’s U.S. zip code (if applicable)
Payments by Electronic Check
Before you proceed, make sure you have the checking account information ready. You should have a check in hand from the account you wish to use. The checking account information you will be required to provide must be from a U.S. banking institution. You will be entering our secured payment website and will have a limited amount of time to enter the required information. You must provide the following:
  • Account holder's name
  • Check number
  • Account holder’s e-mail address
  • Account holder’s U.S. address (street, city, state, and zip code)
  • American Bankers Association (ABA) routing number, bank account number, and check number (all of the numbers along the bottom of your check)
  • Account holder’s U.S. Social Security Number or U.S. Driver’s License Number

Certification Form

After you have completed payment, you must click "Continue" to submit your request and, if required, proceed to the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) or Certification Statement (Form 183-E).

If you have a valid Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) on file with ECFMG, you must submit the on-line part of the request only and are not required to complete another Certification of Identification Form (Form 186).

CERTIFICATION OF IDENTIFICATION FORM (FORM 186) FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL GRADUATES

You will be required to complete a Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) if you do not already have a valid Form 186 on file with ECFMG. The on-line part of your request will be transmitted to ECFMG only when you click on one of the links to proceed to the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186).

There are three Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) options for medical school graduates:

  • "Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Medical School Official," for all medical school graduates

  • "Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Notary Public," for graduates of medical schools that participate in the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP) and for graduates whose medical education credentials have been primary-source verified by ECFMG

  • "Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Notary Public and Medical School Official," for graduates of medical schools that do not participate in EMSWP and whose medical education credentials have not been primary-source verified by ECFMG

When you have completed the on-line part of the request, you will be able to view the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) options available to you.

If you complete a "Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Medical School Official” or a "Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Notary Public and Medical School Official," your Form 186 must be sent to ECFMG directly from the office of the medical school official who signed the form. If the form is not sent to ECFMG from the office of the medical school official, it will not be accepted.

If you complete a "Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Notary Public," the form can be sent to ECFMG by you.

In either case, the signature(s) of the official(s) must be current; the official(s) must have signed the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) within 45 days of the date that it is received at ECFMG.

ECFMG must receive both the on-line part of your request and the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) in order to process your request. The processing of your request must be completed by the published deadline or your request will be rejected.

If you are a graduate of a medical school that participates in EMSWP and your medical education credentials have not been primary-source verified by ECFMG, ECFMG cannot complete the processing of your request until your medical school verifies your status through EMSWP. As a result, the time needed to complete the processing of your request will be contingent upon your medical school's response to the EMSWP verification request.

Instructions for Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) for Medical School Graduates
  • Print a copy of the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) by clicking your web browser's "Print" button. If a portion of the Certification of Identification Form is cut off on the copy that you print, you will need to adjust the margins under "Page Setup" in your browser and then print a complete copy. Generally, if you set all margins in your browser to .25 inches or 2.5 millimeters, the copy of the Certification of Identification Form you print will be complete.

  • Attach a current, full-face, passport-sized, color photograph to the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) in the space provided. Use tape or glue. Do not use staples or paper clips. The photograph that you use must be current; it must have been taken within six months of the date the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) is sent to ECFMG. A photocopy of a photograph is not acceptable.

  • If you complete a "Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Medical School Official," sign and date the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) in the presence of an authorized official of your medical school. The medical school official must sign and date the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) and provide his/her name, official title, and the institution name. The official must affix the institution’s seal in the designated section of the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186). Each medical school has been requested to provide ECFMG with a list of the officials authorized by the school to certify Form 186. Your Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) must be certified by an official on this list. Contact your medical school to determine the officials authorized by your medical school for this purpose; ECFMG will not provide this information to applicants. If your form is not signed by an authorized official, it will not be accepted. The signature of the official must be current; the official must have signed the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) within 45 days of the date that it is received at ECFMG.

    The original, signed Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) must be sent to ECFMG directly from the office of the medical school official who certified the form. If the form is not sent to ECFMG from the office of the medical school official, it will not be accepted.

  • If you complete a "Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Notary Public," sign and date the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) in the presence of a Consular Official, First Class Magistrate, Notary Public, or Commissioner of Oaths. The official must sign and date the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) and provide his/her title. The official must affix the official seal in the designated section of the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186). The signature of the official must be current; the official must have signed the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) within 45 days of the date that it is received at ECFMG.

  • If you complete a "Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Notary Public and Medical School Official," sign and date Part A of the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) in the presence of a Consular Official, First Class Magistrate, Notary Public, or Commissioner of Oaths. The official must sign and date the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) and provide his/her title in Part A. The official must affix the official seal in the designated section of Part A of the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186). The signature of the official must be current; the official must have signed the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) within 45 days of the date that it is received at ECFMG.

    You must then send the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) to your medical school. An authorized official of your medical school must sign and date Part B of the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186). The official must provide his/her name, official title, and the institution name. The official must affix the institution’s seal in the designated section of Part B of the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186). Each medical school has been requested to provide ECFMG with a list of the officials authorized by the school to certify Form 186. Your Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) must be certified by an official on this list. Contact your medical school to determine the officials authorized by your medical school for this purpose; ECFMG will not provide this information to applicants. If your form is not signed by an authorized official, it will not be accepted. The signature of the official must be current; the official must have signed the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) within 45 days of the date that it is received at ECFMG.

    The original, signed Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) must be sent to ECFMG directly from the office of the medical school official who completed Part B of the form. If the form is not sent to ECFMG from the office of the medical school official, it will not be accepted.

The form must be sent to:

IWA - EPEx
ECFMG
3624 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685
USA



CERTIFICATION OF IDENTIFICATION FORM (FORM 186) FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS

If you are a student officially enrolled in a medical school that participates in the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP), you will be required to complete a Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) if you do not already have a valid Form 186 on file with ECFMG. The on-line part of your request will be transmitted to ECFMG only when you click on the link to proceed to the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186).

Instructions for Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) for Medical School Students
  • Print a copy of the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) by clicking your web browser's "Print" button. If a portion of the Certification of Identification Form is cut off on the copy that you print, you will need to adjust the margins under "Page Setup" in your browser and then print a complete copy. Generally, if you set all margins in your browser to .25 inches or 2.5 millimeters, the copy of the Certification of Identification Form you print will be complete.

  • Attach a current, full-face, passport-sized, color photograph to the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) in the space provided. Use tape or glue. Do not use staples or paper clips. The photograph that you use must be current; it must have been taken within six months of the date the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) is sent to ECFMG. A photocopy of a photograph is not acceptable.

  • Sign and date the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) in the presence of an authorized official of your medical school. The medical school official must sign and date the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) and provide his/her name, official title, and the institution name. The official must affix the institution’s seal in the designated section of the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186). Each medical school has been requested to provide ECFMG with a list of the officials authorized by the school to certify Form 186. Your Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) must be certified by an official on this list. Contact your medical school to determine the officials authorized by your medical school for this purpose; ECFMG will not provide this information to applicants. If your form is not signed by an authorized official, it will not be accepted. The signature of the official must be current; the official must have signed the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) within 45 days of the date that it is received at ECFMG.

  • The original, signed Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) must be sent to ECFMG directly from the office of the medical school official who certified the form. If the form is not sent to ECFMG from the office of the medical school official, it will not be accepted.

The form must be sent to:

IWA - EPEx
ECFMG
3624 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685
USA

ECFMG must receive both the on-line part of your request and the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) in order to process your request. The processing of your request must be completed by the published deadline or your request will be rejected. ECFMG cannot complete the processing of your request until your medical school verifies your status through EMSWP. As a result, the time needed to complete the processing of your request will be contingent upon your medical school's response to the EMSWP verification request.



CERTIFICATION STATEMENT (FORM 183-E) FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS

If you are a student officially enrolled in a medical school that does not participate in the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP), you will be required to complete a Certification Statement (Form 183-E). The on-line part of your request will be transmitted to ECFMG only when you click on the link to proceed to the Certification Statement (Form 183-E).

Instructions for Certification Statement (Form 183-E) for Medical School Students
  • Print a copy of the Certification Statement (Form 183-E) by clicking your web browser's "Print" button. If a portion of the Certification Statement is cut off on the copy that you print, you will need to adjust the margins under "Page Setup" in your browser. Generally, if you set all margins in your browser to .25 inches or 2.5 millimeters, the copy of the Certification Statement you print will be complete.

  • Sign and date the Certification Statement (Form 183-E) in the presence of an authorized official of your medical school. The medical school official must sign and date the Certification Statement (Form 183-E) and provide his/her name, official title, and the institution name. The official must affix the institution's seal in the designated section of the Certification Statement (Form 183-E). Each medical school has been requested to provide ECFMG with a list of the officials authorized by the school to certify Form 183-E. Your Certification Statement (Form 183-E) must be certified by an official on this list. Contact your medical school to determine the officials authorized by your medical school for this purpose; ECFMG will not provide this information to applicants. If your form is not signed by an authorized official, it will not be accepted. The signature of the official must be current; the official must have signed the Certification Statement (Form 183-E) within 45 days of the date that it is received at ECFMG.

  • The original, signed Certification Statement (Form 183-E) must be sent to ECFMG directly from the office of the medical school official who certified the form. If the form is not sent to ECFMG from the office of the medical school official, it will not be accepted.

The form must be sent to:

IWA - EPEx
ECFMG
3624 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685
USA

ECFMG must receive both the on-line part of your request and the Certification Statement (Form 183-E) in order to process your request. The processing of your request must be completed by the published deadline or your request will be rejected.