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Online Renewals
 

Where can I renew online?

You can renew select licenses online at the following web site:
 

What browser is compatible with the Online Renewal System?

Internet Explorer or Chrome should be used when renewing online. Safari, Edge and FireFox will not provide full functionality of the website.
 

What forms of payment are accepted for online renewals?

Visa and MasterCard credit cards are the only cards accepted for fee payment. American Express and Discover cards are currently not accepted.
 

What if I can't remember my online login credentials?

If this is the first time you are logging into the renewal website, or if you have previously registered and have forgotten your password, you must go through the initial registration process as a user on the site. Please refer to the following on how to register with eGov:
 
Return to the eGov site and select either Register a Person or Register a Business
Enter your identifiers as prompted and click SEARCH. This will open page where you can finalize your registration by selecting a username, passcode and secret question.
 

I’m on probation, can I renew online?

No, you will need to submit a paper application, which is available from the Board of Pharmacy's web site depending on the license you carry.
 
 
 

I see a message that reads “No license to renew.”

You can only renew online within 60 days of the expiration date. If you are trying to renew after the expiration date, you will need to submit a reinstatement application.  You may not renew more than 60 days prior to the expiration date.
 

I can’t find the submit button; what can I do?

All sections/pages of the renewal process must be completed before you will be able to view or click the SUBMIT button for your renewal application and payment.
 
Additionally, if you are not using Internet Explorer as your browser you may not be able to complete your online renewal process. Our online renewal system is currently only compatible with Internet Explorer.
 

I'm renewing online but I am currently unemployed, what do I put as my employer?

If you no longer work for one of the employer(s) listed click the edit link and enter your end date. Click the Add button to search for other employers not currently associated with your license. If no changes are necessary, press the complete button to mark this step complete.
 
If you are retired or unemployed you should search, and use, “Unemployed” for the Employer box, “Unknown” in the CITY box, and "NA" for the STATE. The position and start/end dates are not required.
  

Who can renew online?

Currently, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies can renew online here. All other license types will need to submit a paper renewal application.
 
General Licensing
 

How can I obtain a duplicate license?

Forms for obtaining a duplicate license can be obtained from the Board’s homepage.
 
The fees are as follows:
$30 for Pharmacists
$10 for Pharmacy Interns and Pharmacy Technicians
$25 for Written Verification of Good Standing
 
 
New Pharmacists
 

Who can apply as an initial pharmacist applicant?

Applicants who are graduates from an ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) accredited School of Pharmacy, or a foreign graduate who has obtained an FPGEC certificate, can apply to become a pharmacist in the State of Maryland.
 
What’s the difference between an initial vs reciprocity pharmacist application?
Initial applications are for those who do not hold a pharmacist licenses in any other state.
 
A reciprocity application is for those who already have a pharmacist license in another state and wish to obtain a Maryland pharmacist license.
 
Initial applicants:
1.     Graduates of an ACPE approved pharmacy school
2.     Graduates of a foreign pharmacy school
 
Reciprocity applicants:
Pharmacists who are licensed in another state and have earned 520 pharmacy practice hours
 

I am a foreign graduate, how can I obtain an FPGEC certificate?

You will need to contact NABP.  For this information, please follow this link for more details.
 

What is the general licensing application process and steps to obtain an initial pharmacist license?

You must first download Initial Pharmacist Application. Fill out the application and attach all required documents, including your proof of age (which can be a passport, driver’s license, and birth certificate), the pharmacy school affidavit or the pharmacy experience affidavit (NOTE: for the experience affidavit, all hours must be earned within the United States), and application fee. Once you submit your completed application, go to NABP’s website to register for the NAPLEX and/or MPJE. You must pay the deposit on the exam before the Board can release an ATT (Authorization To Test). Once all prequalification(s) are met then NABP will e-mail you directly with your ATT.  Once you receive your ATT, you must return to the NABP website to pay the remaining balance of your exam fees.  You will then schedule to take the exam through Pearson Vue’s website at https://home.pearsonvue.com/nabp.
 

What forms and documents are required to apply as a new Maryland pharmacist (U.S. graduates)?

The following is required in order to obtain a new licensure in Maryland as a U.S. graduate:
Maryland Board of Pharmacy Initial Application titled “New Pharmacist License Application Instructions: U.S. Graduates and Foreign Graduates” completely filled out with hand-written signatures.
·        Proof of Age – Birth Certificate, Driver’s License, Passport, and other government issued ID.
·        Pharmacy School Affidavit (Attachment 1) with school seal.
·        NAPLEX passing score
·        MPJE passing score
 

What forms and documents and required to apply as a new Maryland pharmacist (foreign graduates)?

The following is required in order to obtain a new licensure in Maryland as a foreign graduate:
Maryland Board of Pharmacy Initial Application titled “New Pharmacist License Application Instructions: U.S. Graduates and Foreign Graduates” completely filled out with hand-written signatures.
·        Proof of Age – Birth Certificate, Driver’s License, Passport, and other government issued ID.
·        FPGEC Certificate (please visit NABP’s website for more information)
·        Pharmacy Experience Affidavit (Attachment 2) – 1560 Hours
·        NAPLEX passing score
·        MPJE passing score
 

How long does it take for my application to be processed?

It can take up to 2 weeks for us to process an application in order to have you eligible for the exam(s), as long as all the required documents are attached. Any additional documents or test scores can take up to 7 business days to process. The entire process can take 4-6 weeks depending on when you take and pass the exams.
 
 
 

Is there a special requirement for an application from a Foreign Graduates?

You must obtain the certification from Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Education Committee ("FPGEC"). A license cannot be issued until this requirement is met.  Please contact NABP for more information.
 

What is a score transfer?

When you pass the NAPLEX exam in a state other than Maryland you may have that exam score transferred to us through NABP.   This will allow you to use that NAPLEX score for your Maryland pharmacist application.
 
 

I am applying as a Score Transfer, which application will I use?

 
 

How do I do a score transfer with my NAPLEX exam?

You will need to contact NABP and request to transfer your NAPLEX score to the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.
 

Can I transfer my MPJE Score to Maryland?

No. The MPJE combines both federal and state-specific questions to test for pharmacy jurisprudence knowledge. You will have to take the MPJE for licensure in Maryland if you have not previously been licensed in Maryland.
 
I accumulated intern hours from another state, can I use the Pharmacy Experience Affidavit?
 
Hours accumulated from another state must be sent from the board of pharmacy from the state in which you accumulated the intern hours.
 

I am a foreign graduate, how can I accumulate intern hours?

Foreign pharmacy graduate pharmacist applicants must first obtain their Maryland Intern License before they are allowed to work in a pharmacy in order to acquire the 1560 intern hours required for licensure. You can obtain intern hours outside the State of Maryland and request that state’s Board of Pharmacy to transfer your intern hours to the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.
 

When will I get my Authorization to Test (ATT)?

You must first apply and pay to take the exam(s)(NAPLEX and/or MPJE) through NABP and submit an application to the Maryland Board of Pharmacy with required documents. The board will then review your application which can take 2-4 weeks. If you have met all requirements of the Boards application to become eligible for the exam(s), approval will be sent to NABP, who will provide you with the ATT(s). Remember we CANNOT release an ATT to you if you have not paid the deposit on exam(s).
 

I got a communication saying I am eligible to take the exam but didn’t receive my Authorization To Test (ATT). Why?

If you have not paid your deposit on the exam, you will need to go to NABP’s website and register for them. The Board CANNOT release ATTs (Authorization To Test) if you have not registered to take the exam. We can only release ATT’s based on what is shown on the NABP website. If you have already paid a deposit on the exam, please be sure that you have selected the correct state to take the exam. If you have any more questions contact NABP before contacting the Board.

How much does the NAPLEX and/or MPJE cost?

Please visit NABP’s website for current exam fees.

How can I acquire study materials for the MPJE?

The Board makes the law book available for purchase. You can use the Law Book Order Form to pay for a law book which you will use as your exam study material.
 

What is considered a passing score for the NAPLEX and MPJE?

For both the NAPLEX and MPJE a passing score is 75 or higher.
 

How long are my NAPLEX and MPJE scores considered good/valid?

All scores are only good for 1 year from the date the exam was taken. For example, if you take the exam on May 15, 2016, the score’s expiration date is May 15, 2017.
 

How will I know if I passed the exam(s)?

The Board of Pharmacy will mail your results to you once it has received your score from NABP.  Please note that your score may be available to you through the NABP website in advance of the Board receiving your scores from NABP.
 
 
Reciprocating Pharmacists
 

Who can apply to reciprocate to Maryland?

Any pharmacist licensed in another state may apply for reciprocity in Maryland.
 

What’s the difference between an initial vs reciprocity pharmacist application?

Initial applications are for those who do not hold a pharmacist licenses in any other state.
 
A reciprocity application is for those who already have a pharmacist license in another state and wish to obtain a Maryland pharmacist license.
 
Initial applicants:
1.     Graduates of an ACPE approved pharmacy school
2.     Graduates of a foreign pharmacy school
 
Reciprocity applicants:
Pharmacists who are licensed in another state and have earned 520 pharmacy practice hours
 
I am a foreign graduate who wants to reciprocate to Maryland, what are my requirements?
Foreign graduates will need to submit the Maryland Board of Pharmacy Reciprocity Application, the NABP Preliminary Application and the FPGEC certificate in order to become eligible to take the MPJE Exam.
 

I am a foreign graduate, how can I obtain an FPGEC certificate?

You will need to contact NABP for this information. Please follow this link.
 

What is the application process for reciprocity applicants?

Reciprocity applicants must fill out a Maryland Board of Pharmacy Application for Pharmacist Reciprocity (available on our website) and a NABP License Transfer Application through NABP’s website. You then need to mail the Maryland Board of Pharmacy Reciprocity Application to the address stated on the application.   Once the processor receives all your documents and your application is determined to meet all requirements, you will be eligible to take the MPJE Exam. Please understand we CANNOT release your ATT (Authorization To Test) if you have not paid to take the exam. The NABP License Transfer Application fee and Maryland Board of Pharmacy application fee DO NOT cover the MPJE exam fee. For Foreign Graduates, you will need to provide your FPGEC certificate with your applications.
 
The following is required in order to obtain a new licensure in Maryland through reciprocity:
·        Maryland Board of Pharmacy Application for Pharmacist Reciprocity
·        NABP License Transfer Application
·        FPGEC certificate is required only for those who have graduated from a foreign School of Pharmacy.  Please check NABP’s website for more information.
·        MPJE passing score
 
 

Will I have to give up my other state’s license in order to reciprocate to Maryland?

No, you do not have to give up your pharmacist license from another state in order to reciprocate to Maryland. You can continue to renew and keep your licenses from other states while holding a Maryland Pharmacist License.
 

When will I get my Authorization To Test (ATT)?

You must first pay to take the exam(s) through NABP and submit an application to the Maryland Board of Pharmacy with required documents. The Board will review your application, which may take upt to 2 weeks. If you have met all requirements to become eligible for the exam(s), you will receive your ATT. Remember, we CANNOT release an ATT to you if you have not paid to take the exam(s).
 

I got a letter saying I am eligible to take the exam but didn’t receive my Authorization To Test (ATT). Why?

If you have not paid your deposit on the exam, you will need to go to NABP’s website and register for them. The Board CANNOT release ATTs (Authorization To Test) if you have not registered to take the exam. We can only release ATT’s based on what is shown on the NABP website. If you have already paid a deposit on the exam, please be sure that you have selected the correct state to take the exam. If you have any more questions contact NABP before contacting the Board.

How much does the MPJE cost?

Please visit the NABP website for current exam fees.
 
I am a reciprocating pharmacist, how can I acquire study materials for the MPJE?
Reciprocity applicants will receive, at no cost, a copy of the Maryland Pharmacy Law book via regular mail.

What is considered a passing score for the MPJE?

For the MPJE, a passing score is 75 or higher.
 

How long is my MPJE score valid?

The MPJE score is valid for 1 year from the date the exam was taken. For example, if you take the exam May 15, 2016, the score’s expiration date is May 15, 2017.
 

How will I know if I passed the exam?

Once we receive your score from NABP we will mail the results to you.
 
Pharmacist Renewals and Reinstatements
 

What are the requirements I must meet to renew my pharmacist license?

To renew your license, you must submit an online or paper renewal application with the appropriate board fee along with 30 continuing education credits (CEs).* The Board requires that 2 of your CEs be live, and that 1 of your CEs covers medication errors. For licensees who are registered to administer vaccinations, the 4 immunization CEs will count toward the 30 total CEs needed to renew.
*Persons licensed by examination within one year of pharmacy school graduation are not required to complete continuing education hours for the first renewal period.
 

Can I renew my pharmacist license online?

Yes, you can renew your pharmacist license online by going here.  If you have any questions about online renewals please visit our FAQ section for Online Renewals.
 

What are the requirements I must meet in order to reinstate my pharmacist license?

Depending on how long your license has been expired, your requirements will vary. Please read the requirements listed under the time frame your license has been expired below:
 
Less than 2 years
 
In order to reinstate your license, you will need to submit a reinstatement application, 30 continuing education credits (2 live and 1 in medication error), evidence of good standing in other states that you are licensed in, and the appropriate board fee.
 
More than 2 years but less than 5 years
 
In order to reinstate your license, you will need to submit a reinstatement application, 30 continuing education credits (2 live and 1 in medication error), evidence of good standing in other states that you are licensed in, a letter from your employer stating your employment dates, and the appropriate board fee. You will also needs to retake the MPJE exam and receive a passing score.
 
More than 5 years and less than 10 years
 
In order to reinstate your license, you will need to submit a reinstatement application, 30 continuing education credits (2 live and 1 in medication error), evidence of good standing in other states that you are licensed in, a letter from your employer stating your employment dates, and the appropriate board fee. You will also needs to retake the MPJE exam and receive a passing score.
 
If you did not work in another state for the two year period before you reinstate your license you will need to obtain an intern license first and accrue 1,000 hours of pharmacy service.
 
More than 10 years
 
In order to reinstate your license, you will need to submit a reinstatement application, 30 continuing education credits (2 live and 1 in medication error), evidence of good standing in other states that you are licensed in, a letter from your employer stating your employment dates, and the appropriate board fee. You will also needs to retake the MPJE exam and receive a passing score.
If you did not work in another state for the two year period before you reinstate your license you will need to obtain an intern license first and accrue 1,000 hours of pharmacy service, and will need to pass the NAPLEX exam.
 
 
Vaccination License
 
What are the requirements to obtain a vaccination registration?
You will need to submit a Pharmacist Administration of Vaccination Registration form along with a copy of your CPR card and proof of a completed vaccination certification course received through ApHA.  Please note that CPR certification must be obtained through a live (in-person, with instructor) course.  The Board will accept courses that contain both an online component and a live component with an instructor.  Online courses that do not contain a live component will not be accepted.
 

Who can apply for a vaccination registration?

Maryland-licensed pharmacists and individuals applying to obtain a Maryland pharmacist license may apply for a vaccination registration.
 

When can I apply for the Vaccination registration?

You may register at any time. The forms are available for download at the Board of Pharmacy website here.  No fee is required.
 

Is a fee required in order to obtain a vaccination registration?

No.  There is no fee associated with vaccination registration.
 

Can the 20 continuing education credits (CEs) I receive from obtaining an ApHA certificate for immunization count towards the total 30 CEs required in order for me to renew my pharmacist license?

Yes, the 20 CEs you take in order to obtain your ApHA vaccination certificate can be used towards the 30 total CEs required for pharmacist licensures.  
 

What are the requirements to renew my vaccination registration?

A vaccination registration renewal form, proof of completing 4 continuing education hours regarding immunization, and a copy of your current CPR card.  CPR cards must be active.  Please note that CPR certification must be obtained through a live (in-person, with instructor) course.  The Board will accept courses that contain both an online component and a live component with an instructor.  Online courses that do not contain a live component will not be accepted.
 
 

Can I renew my vaccination license online?

Yes, you can renew your vaccination license along with your pharmacist license renewal here.
 
Pharmacy Interns
 

Who can apply to be a pharmacy intern?

Applicants who are currently enrolled and have completed 1 year of professional pharmacy education in a doctor of pharmacy program accredited by ACPE (Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education), applicants who have graduated from a doctor of pharmacy program accredited by ACPE, and foreign graduates who have obtained an FPGEC certificate.
 

What forms and documents are required to apply as a new Maryland pharmacy intern?

The following are required to become a registered pharmacy intern in Maryland:
·        Proof of Age – Birth Certificate, Driver’s License, Passport, or other government issued ID
·        Pharmacy School Affidavit – Required for current students and graduates from a U.S. School of Pharmacy
·        FPGEC – Required for all graduates of foreign schools of pharmacy
·        CJIS Criminal Background Check
 

Can first year pharmacy students register with the Board as a pharmacy intern?

First year students cannot register to be a pharmacy intern. However, first year pharmacy students may work in pharmacies as registered pharmacy technicians or pharmacy technician trainees after meeting requirements in COMAR 10.34.34.04
 

I am a first year pharmacy student and would like to begin working in a pharmacy to gain experience? How might I work in a pharmacy before my second year?

First year pharmacy students have three options if they would like to work in a pharmacy before their second year:
 
·        Register as a pharmacy technician with the Board
 
·        Work in a pharmacy under a Board-approved pharmacy technician training program for up to 6 months
 
·        Work in a pharmacy as part of a school of pharmacy Experiential Learning Program
 
 

Can a pharmacy intern begin working as a pharmacy intern upon submission of their application?

No.  A pharmacy intern applicant is not eligible to begin work as an intern until their registration is approved by the Board. See Health Occupations Article, 12-6D-02 and 12-6D614, Annotated Code of Maryland.
 

Do I need to be a registered pharmacy intern if I am doing my pharmacy school rotation in Maryland?

No.  Students in a pharmacy school rotation in Maryland are not required to register as pharmacy interns.
 

Are pharmacy students from out-of-state required to have a pharmacy intern registration to work as a pharmacy intern in Maryland?

Yes, if you are performing any pharmacy intern duties you will need to be registered as an intern. COMAR 10.34.38.06A(1) includes students currently enrolled in a school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; or that have pre-candidate or candidate status by the ACPE.
 

Do pharmacy intern applicants have to get a criminal history records check (background check)?

Yes, see Health Occupations Article, 12-6D-04 and COMAR 10.34.38.06. The Maryland Board of Pharmacy only accepts CJIS background checks.
To contact CJIS please call 1.888.795.0011 or 410.764.4501. Our CJIS authorization number is 0600062013, you will need this authorization code when you get your finger prints done. If you need the ORI number it is MD920493Z.
 
*Please keep in mind having a conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from obtaining a license.
 

Can my hours as a pharmacy intern in Maryland count toward experience hours for another state?

To determine whether your Maryland hours will be accepted, you will need to contact the state board of pharmacy in the state where you would like your Maryland hours applied.
 

Can my hours as a pharmacy intern in another state count toward experience hours in Maryland?

 
Yes, the Maryland Board of Pharmacy will recognize out-of-state intern hours.
 

Would my hours working as a pharmacy intern count toward experiential learning rotation in Maryland?

No. The 1,000 hours required for pharmacists licensure must be in a school-supervised professional experience program conducted by a school of pharmacy accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education. 
 

What happens if I leave pharmacy school for any reason?

A pharmacy intern who has obtained a registration must be an actively enrolled student (see COMAR 10.34.38.06).  An individual is required to immediately notify the Board if the pharmacy intern’s registration as a student is revoked, suspended, terminated, or otherwise discontinued.
See COMAR 10.34.38.04
 

How current should my Criminal History Records from the CJIS check be?

We recommend background checks to be done no more than two weeks prior to the submission of the application; however, the Board will accept CJIS reports that are completed within 6 months before submission to the Board. 
 
To contact CJIS please call 1.888.795.0011 or 410.764.4501. Our CJIS authorization number is 060006201, you will need this authorization code when you get your finger prints done.
 
 

Can I get my criminal history records check through a party other than CJIS?

No, the Maryland Board of Pharmacy only accepts CJIS background checks.
To contact CJIS please call 1.888.795.0011 or 410.764.4501. Our CJIS authorization number is 060006201.  You will need this authorization code when you get your finger prints done.
 
*Please keep in mind having a conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from obtaining a license.
 

How long is a pharmacy intern registration valid for a U.S. graduate or a graduate from a foreign school of pharmacy?

Pharmacy Intern registrations are valid for no more than two years.
 

How can my employer or I check to see if I have a pending application or if I am registered as a pharmacy intern?

You or your employer can go to our verification page to see if your pharmacy intern license is pending or active.
 
 

Who can renew their intern registration?

A qualified registered pharmacy intern who is currently enrolled in pharmacy school may renew the registration one (1) time if the registered pharmacy intern submits a renewal application and pays the renewal fee.  A registered pharmacy intern that initially receives an intern registration while attending school but has since graduated may also renew one (1) time.  A registered pharmacy intern who qualifies for registration as a graduate or a foreign graduate may not renew the registration.
 
 

What documents are required to renew my intern registration?

You will need to submit an intern renewal application, complete, sign and submit the two affidavits found in the back of the application, and submit the appropriate fee. Applications are available for download at the Board of Pharmacy website here.
 

Do I need any CEs (continuing education credits) to renew my intern registration?

No, you do not need any CEs.
 
Pharmacy Technicians
 

Who can apply to become a pharmacy technician?

Persons who (1) are currently certified by a national pharmacy technician certification program or have successfully passed an examination and (2) have completed a pharmacy technician training program approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy are eligible to apply to become registered pharmacy technicians.  Board-approved training programs must include 160 hours of work experience and be no longer than 5 months in duration.  All applicants must either (1) be enrolled in high school and at least 17 years old, (2) be a high school graduate, or (3) have a GED.
 

Where can I find a list of Board-approved pharmacy technician training programs and exams?

The Board of Pharmacy website maintains a list of pharmacy technician programs and exams here.
 

How can I become a nationally certified pharmacy technician?

The following Board-approved programs have examinations you can take to become nationally certified: Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT), Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT), Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT), National Health Career Association (NHA), and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Please visit their sites in order to learn more about becoming a nationally certified pharmacy technician.
 

What forms and documents and required to apply as a new Maryland pharmacy technician?

The following documents are required to obtain a Maryland pharmacy technician registration:
·        Maryland Board of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Technician Application (available here).
·        Proof of Date of Birth – Birth Certificate, Driver’s License, Passport, and other government issued ID
·        Proof of National Certification – For nationally certified technicians only
·        Proof of passing a Board Approved Examination – For non-nationally certified technicians only
·        Proof of state registration and good standing – For reciprocity applicants only
·        Pharmacy Work Experience Affidavit (Attachment 1) – For reciprocity applicants
·        CJIS Criminal Background Check*
·        To contact CJIS please call 1.888.795.0011. Our CJIS authorization number is 0600062013.
 
*Please keep in mind having a conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from obtaining a license.
 

I would like to reciprocate my pharmacy technician registration to Maryland, what are the requirements?

Reciprocity applicants must submit evidence of registration in another state under requirements similar to the registration requirements in Maryland (legible true photocopy of state registration/license) and a letter of good standing from the state Board in the State(s) where the applicant is currently registered.
 

What if the state I am reciprocating from does not require a registration/license of pharmacy technicians with the board of pharmacy?

You must submit a Pharmacy Work Experience Affidavit completed by the pharmacist under whom you worked as a pharmacy technician for at least 6 months prior to the date of your Maryland Pharmacy Technician Application.
 

How current should my Criminal History Records check from CJIS be?

We recommend background checks to be done no more than two weeks prior to the submission of the application; however, the Board will accept CJIS reports that are completed within 6 months before submission to the Board. 
 
To contact CJIS please call 1.888.795.0011 or 410.764.4501. Our CJIS authorization number is 060006201, you will need this authorization code when you get your finger prints done.
 

Can I get my criminal history records checked through another party other than CJIS (Criminal Justice Information System)?

No, the Maryland Board of Pharmacy only accepts CJIS background checks.*
To contact CJIS please call 1.888.795.0011 or 410.764.4501. Our CJIS authorization number is 0600062013.  You will need this authorization code when you get your finger prints done. If you need the ORI number it is MD920493Z.
 
*Please note: having a conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from obtaining a license.
 

How can my employer or I check to see if I have a pending application or if I am registered as a pharmacy technician?

You or your employer can visit our verification page to see whether your pharmacy technician registration is pending or active.
 

I am a nationally certified technician, do I need to be a registered technician for the state of Maryland?

All technicians who work at a pharmacy in Maryland must be registered in Maryland.
 
You can find technician application forms by clicking here.
 
 

What are the requirements to renew my technician registration?

In order to renew you will need to submit a renewal application with the appropriate Board fee, along with evidence of 20 hours of approved continuing education credits (CEs) within the 2-year period immediately preceding your renewal application.
 
If this is the first time you are renewing your pharmacy technician registration, the Board of Pharmacy will only require 10 hours of CEs.
 

Can I renew my pharmacy technician registration online?

Yes, you can renew your pharmacy technician registration online by going here. If you have any questions about online renewals please visit our FAQ section for Online Renewals.
 

I would like to reinstate my pharmacy technician registration what are the requirements?

Depending on how long your registration has been expired your requirements will vary. Please read the requirements listed under the appropriate time-frame below:
 
It has been less than 2 years since my registration expired.
 
In order to reinstate your pharmacy technician registration, you will need to submit a reinstatement application, 20 continuing education credits, and the appropriate Board fee.
 
It has been more than 2 years since my registration expired.
 
In order to reinstate your pharmacy technician registration, you will need to submit (1) submit a reinstatement application, (2) 20 continuing education credits, (3) the appropriate Board fee, and (3) proof of passing a Board-approved training program exam or national certification exam.
 
 
Resident (In-State) Pharmacy Permit
 

What is the process for obtaining a Resident Pharmacy Permit?

A Resident Pharmacy Permit application, which can be downloaded here, must be submitted and be accompanied by the required fee and documentation.  Required documents are listed in the application.  Please make sure that the application is complete.  Incomplete applications will result in a delay of processing of your application.
 
Once an application has been approved, the applicant will be notified by the Board to schedule an inspection.
 

What types of pharmacy permits are available?

There are two types of pharmacy permits: a full-service pharmacy permit, and a pharmacy permit with waiver. A waiver pharmacy does not carry the same kinds of drugs or the same amount of drugs that a full-service pharmacy does. Additionally, waiver pharmacies only cater to a portion of the population (for example, a pharmacy for cancer patients).
 
We only provide Durable Medical Equipment (DME)/Devices in Maryland, do we need a permit?
Durable Medical Equipment (DME)/Device providers located in Maryland that dispense only DME/Devices are NOT required to be permitted by the Board.
 

Our pharmacy would like to be a part of the Prescription Drug Repository Program, how can we apply?

The Prescription Drug Repository Program Application is available here. Completed forms should be submitted to the Board for approval.
 

When does the resident pharmacy permit expire?

All pharmacy permits expire on May 31st of even-numbered years. (Example: May 31, 2018)
 

Our pharmacy wants to relocate, what is the process? (In-State Pharmacy)

Pharmacies that are relocating must submit a new Maryland Pharmacy Permit Application 30 days prior to moving. You can find that application here.  Your pharmacy will also need to comply with closing inspection requirements to cease operations at the existing location and comply with opening inspection requirements to commence operations at the new location.
 
What is the process if a pharmacy will change ownership?
 
A change of ownership requires a new Maryland Pharmacy Permit Application, which you can find here.  You should consult legal counsel to determine whether your specific situation constitutes a “change of ownership.”
 
Once an application has been reviewed, and has satisfied the requirements of the application, approval for an inspection will be granted.  The applicant will be notified by the Board to contact the compliance unit to schedule an opening inspection.
 
 
 

What form should be used to renew/reinstate a pharmacy permit?

Resident pharmacies that are renewing or reinstating their pharmacy permit will need to use the Maryland Pharmacy Permit Application, available from the Board of Pharmacy web site here. You may also renew online here.
 
 

Can I renew a resident pharmacy permit online?

Yes, we encourage all pharmacies to renew online here.  Online renewal will be available during the renewal period.
 
 

New Non-Resident (Out-Of-State) Pharmacy Applicants

What is the process for obtaining a Non-Resident Pharmacy Permit?

Applicants must submit a Non-Resident Pharmacy Permit application, which can be downloaded here, along with the required fee and documentation.  Required documents are listed in the application.  Please make sure that the application is complete.  Incomplete applications will result in a delay in processing of your application.
 

Our pharmacy relocated, how do I update our information?

Pharmacies that are relocating must submit a new Maryland Pharmacy Permit Application 30 days prior to moving. You can find the application here.
 

The pharmacy has changed ownership, how do I update our information?

Pharmacies that are anticipating a change of ownership will need to submit a new Maryland Pharmacy Permit Application along with all documents required for a new application. You can access the Maryland Pharmacy Permit Application here.  You should consult legal counsel to determine whether your specific situation constitutes a “change of ownership.”
 

When does the pharmacy permit expire?

All pharmacy permits expire on May 31st of even years. (Example: May 31, 2018)
 
 
 

What form do we use if we are renewing/reinstating a pharmacy permit?

Non-resident pharmacies that are renewing or reinstating their pharmacy permit will need to use the Maryland Non-Resident Pharmacy Permit Application. You may also renew online here. Pharmacy Waiver Permit holders will need to renew/reinstate using the Maryland Pharmacy Waiver Permit Application.  All applications can be downloaded from the Board of Pharmacy website here.
 

Can I renew a non-resident pharmacy permit online?

We encourage all pharmacies to renew online here. Renewal documents will be available during the renewal period.
 
Wholesale Distributor Application
 

What is the process of obtaining a Resident Wholesale Distributor Permit?

A Resident Wholesale Distributor application will need to be submitted to the Maryland Board of Pharmacy with the appropriate application fee and required documents. Required documents are listed within the application, which can be downloaded here. Incomplete applications will result in a delay of processing of your application.
 
Once an application has been approved, the applicant will be notified by the Board to schedule an inspection.
 

What are the requirements for non-resident (out-of-state) distributors?

Non-resident wholesale distributor applicants will be issued a wholesale distributor permit only if all requirements are met and the facility is accredited by a Board-recognized accrediting program or if it is eligible for reciprocity.
 

Is my state a reciprocal state for wholesale distributors?

Current reciprocal states include Arizona; California (devices only); Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Jersey; Ohio; Oklahoma (human drugs only); Oregon; Washington; and Wyoming.
 

What are the Board approved accreditation bodies?

VAWD (Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors) - Prescription Drugs and/or Devices
 
The Joint Commission - Medical Gases and Durable Medical Equipment
 
ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Home Care) - Medical Gases and Devices
 
CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program) - Medical Gases and Durable Medical Equipment
 

How do we get the required state and federal background checks?

To obtain the state results:
The State followed by “official background check” (ex.: New Jersey Official Background Check) would be searched online.  The results would provide the process for obtaining that state's background check
 
To obtain the federal results:
 
There are currently two options for obtaining the Federal background check:
 
1. Submit background cards for the Federal level checks to the State of Maryland for processing, the federal check will be processed by Maryland CJIS (http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/publicservs/bgchecks.shtml)
 
Or
 
2. Submit the federal background cards directly to the FBI (https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks)
 

We have a company that does our employee background checks, can we use them?

Third party background results are not accepted. Results must be obtained from state and/or federal agencies.
 

Are we required to have an immediate supervisor of designated representative?

No.  While it is mandatory to have a designated representative, it is not mandatory for a designated representative to have an immediate supervisor.
 

Our Designated Representative or Supervisor is leaving the company, what do we do?

 
When the Designated Representative and/or Supervisor of the Designated Representative changes, the appropriate section of the application (Attachment 1 and/or Attachment 2) must be submitted with all accompanying documentation within 30 days.
 
 
To contact w please call 1.888.795.0011 or 410.764.4501. Our CJIS authorization number is 0600062013.  You will need this authorization code when you get your finger prints done. If you need the ORI number, it is MD920493Z.
 
*Please keep in mind having a conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from obtaining a license.
 
Manufacturers and Virtual Manufacturers Application
 

What is the process of obtaining a Manufacturers Permit?

 
Manufacturers and Virtual Manufacturers distributing only their own prescription drugs and devices will need to submit an application to the Maryland Board of Pharmacy with the appropriate application fee and required documents. Required documents are listed in the application. You can find the application here.