Pharmacist Licensure by Endorsement for U.S. Graduates


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To be licensed as Pharmacist in Florida, you must have met the following requirements pursuant to Section 465.0075, Florida Statutes:

  1. FORM A or OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: A degree from a school or college of pharmacy accredited by an accrediting agency recognized and approved by the United States Office of Education. Form A or official transcripts must be submitted directly from the university or they will not be accepted. IF YOU GRADUATED OUTSIDE OF THE U.S., THEN YOU ARE CONSIDERED A FOREIGN GRADUATE. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY BY THIS METHOD.
  2. FORM B/INTERNSHIP OR WORK EXPERIENCE: A total of 2080 hours of an internship program approved by the Board.
    1. If you graduated with your Pharm.D. in the past two (2) years, you will only need to submit FORM A. You will not be required to submit FORM B.
    2. If you graduated with your B.S. or Pharm. D. more than two (2) years ago, you will be required to submit both FORM A and FORM B.
      1. If you have worked as a licensed pharmacist in another state for two (2) years or more, you only must show your work experience to satisfy the 2080-hour requirement. Please have your employer complete the Form B.
      2. If you are self-employed as a pharmacist, please submit a notarized statement with your Form B attesting to your ownership of the pharmacy.
      3. If you are the supervising pharmacist or pharmacy manager, you cannot sign Form B. You must have a hiring manager, supervisor or human resource representative verify years/hours of work experience and employment.
  3. EXAM: Passing scores on both the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) (also referred to as the “Florida law exam”).
    1. The board is a participant in the NABP Electronic Licensure Transfer Program (e-LTP). You will need to submit an application for the e-LTP through NABP upon applying for licensure in the State of Florida. The e-LTP is used to verify your NAPLEX scores.
  4. CONTINUING EDUCATION: Proof of completion of thirty (30) Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-approved continuing education hours in the two (2) calendar years immediately preceding your application, if you have been licensed for a period in excess of two (2) years from date you submit your Florida licensure application.
  5. LICENSE VERIFICATION: This form is required for applicants who hold or have ever held a license in another state, U.S. territory, or foreign country. Please have the office that issued the license or certification complete the License Verification Form. A license verification is required for all applicants. Online license verifications will be accepted as long as they are current and display discipline history.

Applicants with Discipline History

Applicants with prior disciplinary actions are required to submit the following:

Board Actions– Certified copies of document(s), i.e. Final Order and Administrative Complaint, relative to any disciplinary action taken against any license. The documents must come from the agency that took the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency.

Self-Explanation – A detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the disciplinary action which would enable you to avoid future occurrences. It would be helpful to include factors in your life, which you feel may have contributed to your disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.

Applicants with Health History

The Board reviews each applicant’s history to determine that the applicant is able to practice the profession with reasonable skill and competence. If you have a history of serious, chronic, or recent mental health problems or addiction to drugs, you must submit a current mental health status report. Mental health status reports must come from a licensed mental health professional, with which you have no personal or professional relationship.

The report should include: a description and summary of the diagnosis, onset, course of treatment, medications, inpatient treatments, outpatient treatments, group settings, factors which have triggered setbacks, compliance with treatment, prognosis, and recommendations for continued treatment.

The Professionals Resource Network (PRN) has been designated as the impaired practitioners’ program for the Florida Department of Health. PRN’s mission is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public while supporting the integrity of the health care team and other professionals. For more information on PRN and its resources, please visit their website or contact them via telephone at (800) 888-8776.

Applicants with Criminal History

Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following:

Final Dispositions/Arrest Records – Final disposition records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

Completion of Probation/Parole/Sanctions – Probation and financial sanction records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. Parole records for offenses can be obtained from the Department of Corrections or at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

Self-Explanation – Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit a letter in their own words describing the circumstances of the offense. Include in your letter the date of the original offense, the charge, and the jurisdiction where it occurred.

To review the conviction record guidelines adopted by the Board, click here.

Health Care Fraud; Disqualifications for License, Certificate, or Registration

Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:

  1. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
    1. For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    2. For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    3. For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
  2. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
  3. Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
  4. Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
  5. Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities. The section above does not apply to candidates or applicants for initial licensure or certification who were enrolled in an educational or training program on or before July 1, 2009, which was recognized by a board or, if there is no board, recognized by the department, and who applied for licensure after July 1, 2012.

The following steps apply to individuals who have at least 2 years of active practice experience in the past 5 years and have successfully passed the NAPLEX examination, or a similar nationally recognized examination, if the Board certifies that the applicants has taken the required examination.

  1. Apply for licensure by ENDORSEMENT FOR US GRADUATES. Ensure that all fields are completed as instructed. An incomplete application shall expire after one (1) year. Applications submitted without fees will not be processed. Please make sure to include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your application. Your application will not be approved unless this information is included on your application. To apply, click here.
  2. Request that the appropriate documentation be submitted based on your education.
    1. I have graduated with a Pharm. D. in the past two (2) years and requested that my university complete Form A and return to the Board office. Official transcripts sent directly from the university will also be accepted.

      OR
    2. I have graduated with a B.S. or Pharm. D. more than two (2) years ago and requested the following:

      1. Form A to be completed by my university and returned to the Board office, and
      2. Form B to be completed by either the state board of pharmacy in the state you completed your internship or from your Employer. Form B must document the completion of 2080 internship or work experience hours. PLEASE BE ADVISED ALL INTERNS MUST HOLD A LICENSE OR PERMIT BY THE STATE IN WHICH THEY ARE PRACTICING IN ORDER TO COUNT THE HOURS AS INTERNSHIP HOURS.
        1. If you have worked as a licensed pharmacist in another state for two (2) years or more, you only must show your work experience to satisfy the 2080-hour requirement. Please have your employer complete the Form B.
        2. If you are self-employed as a pharmacist, please submit a notarized statement with your Form B attesting to your ownership of the pharmacy.
        3. If you are the supervising pharmacist or pharmacy manager, you cannot sign Form B. You must have a hiring manager, supervisor or human resource representative verify years/hours of work experience and employment.
  3. Submit application for Electronic Licensure Transfer Program (e-LTP) application through NABP. The e-LTP is used to verify your passing NAPLEX scores. If you have previously passed the NAPLEX, you will not be required to retake the NAPLEX examination. However, you must still submit an e-LTP application through the NABP.
  4. Submit examination requests Florida MPJE through National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.Please visit the NABP website to complete this process.
  5. Complete thirty (30) hours of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-approved continuing education hours in the two calendar years immediately preceding your application. Submit either a copy of your CPE Monitor or copies of the certificates of completion for the courses. Please note that you are only required to submit proof of completion of thirty (30) hours in the past two (2) calendar years immediately preceding the application. This is only required if you have been licensed for a period in excess of two (2) years from date you submit your Florida licensure application.
  6. Request Certification/License Verification. This form is required for applicants who hold or have ever held a license in another state, U.S. territory, or foreign country; no matter the status. Please have the office that issued the license or certification complete the Licensure Verification Form. Online license verifications will be accepted as long as they are current and display discipline history.

Please allow 30 days for initial review of new applications. All applications and document submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. After your application is reviewed, any deficiencies will be communicated to you in writing by our Board staff. To expedite processing, please submit all required supporting documentation with your application and the requisite fees. If you are having documentation submitted by another entity on your behalf, please verify the Board office’s mailing address to ensure delivery.

  • Department of Health
    Board of Pharmacy
    4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-04
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258

Once your application has been deemed complete, our office will notify the NABP that your application is complete. You will be sent an Authorization to Test number (ATT) by email from NABP. Your ATT is valid for one (1) year from the date our office received your application.

The NABP will provide test scores to the Board of Pharmacy. Applicants may view scores online via NABP’s website. After passing scores are received by the Board office, please allow for 14-16 business days for processing. If you have obtained passing scores on the Florida MPJE examination, your Florida Pharmacist license will be issued; the actual copy of your license should arrive in the mail within 2 weeks of the issuance date.

If you did not pass the required examination, your ATT will be valid for one (1) year from the date our office received your application. Should you not pass the Florida MPJE examination within the one-year timeframe, you will need submit a new application and the $295 fees to the Board office.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health.

Application Fee$100.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Licensure Fee$190.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee$5.00
Total$295.00

Please note fees for the Electronic Licensure Transfer Program Application (e-LTP) and MPJE are paid directly to NABP, not the Board office. These fees are subject to change per the NABP’s discretion.

e-LTP Fee$375.00
MPJE Fee$250.00

Click on Chapter or Section Number to View

Florida Statutes

Chapter 465: Pharmacy
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act
Chapter 499: Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act
Chapter 893: Drug Abuse Prevention and Control

Florida Administrative Code

Rules: Chapter 64B16: Board of Pharmacy