Before you can submit an Application for ECFMG Certification or apply to ECFMG for an exam, you must obtain a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number. You can obtain a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number by accessing Interactive Web Applications (IWA).
The information you provide during the process of obtaining a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number will become a part of your permanent ECFMG record. If you fail to provide your correct and current legal name, you will be required to submit acceptable documentation, as described in Changing or Verifying Your Name in Your ECFMG Record, to change the name in your ECFMG record. If ECFMG determines that the biographic information you submit is inaccurate, not complete, or insufficient to assign a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number to you, your request for the USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number will not be processed.
Once ECFMG informs you of your number, you must include it on all communications, applications, medical education credentials, request forms, and payments that you send to ECFMG. You will also need your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number to use ECFMG’s on-line services.
Your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number cannot be changed. If you forget or lose your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, you can obtain it by accessing IWA or by contacting ECFMG. Use the contact information for General Inquiries on the Contact ECFMG page of the ECFMG website. To protect the privacy of applicants, ECFMG will not provide USMLE/ECFMG Identification Numbers by telephone.
Important Note: As part of the process of obtaining an Identification Number, you will be asked if you previously submitted an application to ECFMG for examination. You also will be asked if you were previously assigned a USMLE Identification Number by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). If you were previously assigned a USMLE Identification Number by NBME or have submitted a prior exam application to ECFMG, you must answer “Yes” to the applicable question(s), even if you submitted the prior application under a different name or did not take the exam for which you applied. You must answer “Yes” regardless of whether you submitted an on-line application or a paper application. If you were previously assigned a USMLE Identification Number by NBME or have submitted an application to ECFMG but indicate that you were not previously assigned a number or have not applied previously, this may result in a finding of irregular behavior. See ECFMG Policies and Procedures Regarding Irregular Behavior.