If the name in your ECFMG record does not match your name exactly as it appears on your current, unexpired passport, you must follow ECFMG’s established process to request a change of name in your ECFMG record. You will be required to provide a reason for the name change, as well as supporting documentation. Additional information and instructions are provided with the form.
Important Notes: If you change the name in your ECFMG 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 ECFMG, it will be invalidated when the name in your ECFMG record is changed, and you will be required to complete a new Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) before you may apply for examination.
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[Last update: August 11, 2021]