All AMG's and medical students from schools in the United States or Canada must apply through the National Board of Medical Examiners ( ) for the USMLE steps 1, 2 CK and 2 CS.

    •  Obtain an USMLE number which will be your identification for any USMLE regarding process. Access the NBME webpage and enter the NBME Licensing Examination Services section. If you are a first time user, you must register and access your personal information such as your name, email, address, medical school, and year of graduation. The system will verify your data and will create your USMLE identification number. You'll receive an email notification in which your USMLE identification number will be included.

    •  Access the NLES using your USMLE identification number. Select the Apply for Exam section and then select the exam you are applying to (USMLE steps 1, 2 CK, or 2 CS). Complete the on-line application filling the required information. Be sure to use proper upper and lower cases when required, and to carefully write all your information. You will have the opportunity to review all your information and proofread it before submitting the application.

    •  After submitting your application, print the Certification of Identification and the Authorization Forms. You will need to adhere one full face photo in the designated space of the Certification of Identification, and take it to a medical school official or public notary who will verify your signature and stamp the form and your photo. The Authorization Forms authorizes the medical school to release your information for verification purposes; you must sign it and put it together with the Certification of Identification. The Certification of Identification will be required only for processing your first exam application; further applications will be processed automatically.

    •  You must pay the examination fee in order for your application to be processed. On-line payment option with credit cards is encounter while filling your on-line application. If you want to pay with check or money order, a Fee Payment Form must be printed and send it together with the rest of the documentation.

Send all documentation (Certification of Identification, Authorization Forms, and Fee Payment Form if applicable) through certificated mail or courier to the NBME mailing address. NBME will process your application and contact your medical school to verify your information. If no inconvenient is encounter during the verification process, you will be notified by email when is available for you to access the website and print your Scheduling Permit. The Scheduling Permit is an extremely important document, and it is only with this document that you will be able to reserve a day for your exam.