California law requires physicians to obtain passing scores on written examinations pursuant to the Business and Professions Code section 2177. For more information, please refer to the Business and Professions Code section 2184.
The Board should receive verification of your exam scores directly from the appropriate organization(s). Verification of examination scores can be obtained by contacting the following agencies:
- Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) for USMLE, FLEX, and SPEX — (817) 868-4041.
- Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for LMCC/MCCQE (request a statement of registration) — (613) 521-6012
- National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) for National Board Diplomates — (215) 590-9500
- Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for the English language proficiency test required of international medical school graduates — (215) 386-5911
Note: Although the Board does not require you to submit an FCVS package, if you choose to do so, we may use the score report therein provided.
Please have the appropriate organization(s) send the examination scores to the Board's Sacramento headquarters address:
Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
Passing scores on a written examination shall be valid for a period of 10 years from the month of the examination for purposes of qualification for licensure in California. This period of validity may be extended by the division for good cause and for time spent in a postgraduate training program, including, but not limited to, residency training, fellowship training, remedial or refresher training, or other training that is intended to maintain or improve medical skills.
Upon expiration of the 10-year period plus any extension granted by the division, the applicant shall pass the Special Purpose Examination of the Federation of State Medical Boards or a clinical competency written examination determined by the division to be equivalent.
This subdivision applies to all passing scores achieved in a written examination for a physician's and surgeon's certificate conducted by the division. (Business and Professions Code section 2184(b))