Licensing / Registration

If interested in becoming a veterinarian or technician in NC, check the Exams page for eligibility/process.

License Verification / Letter of Good Standing

FEE: $12.00 U.S. Funds per State

Your check should be payable to NCVMB (North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) in American Funds. The estimated turnaround time for a verification request is within 48 hours once received.

Request needs to be submitted in writing to the Board office and should contain:
  1. The state(s) where the verification is to be sent
  2. Your current address
  3. A current phone number
  4. License Verification Form

Once the request has been processed, you will be mailed a copy of the license/registration verification. This copy is for your records and serves as notification of when the official verification was mailed.

Pharmacies, banks or other entities seeking confirmation of North Carolina licensure or veterinarians or registration of veterinary technicians can contact the Board off at (919) 854-5601


License / Registration Renewals

NEW GRADS: You are exempt from CE requirements for your FIRST renewal cycle if you graduate the same year you become licensed or registered in North Carolina.

Veterinary License
  • Expire annually at the end of the year
  • Renewal Fee: $170
  • Renewal Status: License is ACTIVE until December 31st; ACTIVE/IMPENDING from January 1st - January 31st; ACTIVE/LATE February 1st - February 29th; REVOKED on March 1st
  • Continuing Education: Proof of twenty (20) hours required each year - Ten (10) on-line hours of training will be accepted during each renewal, however, five (5) of those hours will need to be 'interactive'. Minumum CE Standards .0206
Veterinary Technician Registration
  • Expires biennially (every 2 years) at the end of the year; renewal time is dependent upon the initial year of registration
  • Renewal Fee: $50
  • Renewal Status: License is ACTIVE until December 31st; ACTIVE/IMPENDING from January 1st - January 31st; ACTIVE/LATE February 1st - February 29th; REVOKED on March 1st
  • Continuing Education: Proof of twelve (12) hours required every two (2) years - Six (6) on-line hours of training will be accepted during each renewal, however, three (3) of those hours will need to be 'interactive'.
    Minumum CE Standards .0206

NOTE: A renewal reminder will be sent via e-mail in November. To receive a reminder in writing, please contact the Board office.

The veterinary Practice Act (Administrative Code .0106) requires that the Board office be advised of all address changes within sixty (60) days of such change. Those changes can be made via the NCVMB's web site by logging into your personal account. The Board office also takes address changes in writing by either mail or fax.

LATE PENALTY
To avoid a late penalty fee you must (1) Renew by the 'grace period' date of the January 31st deadline and (2) Obtain CE before December 31st of your renewal period. ATTENTION: A 'late renewal fee' of $50 will be imposed if you renew during the month of February. CE obtained after December 31st can be used for your renewal but a 'late penalty fee' of $50 will be imposed.

NOTE: Licenses / Registrations NOT renewed by the end of February are REVOKED on March 1st.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CONCERNS

  • Half of one's CE (10 hours for veterinarians / 6 hours for technicians) may be computer based in accordance with Administrative Code .0206 (7).
  • Credit for CE is based on one hour (60 minutes) of lecture, lab, seminar, etc.
  • The Board does not accept correspondence-style programs or attendance in exhibit halls.
  • University/College Internship programs need prior Board approval before being used as CE credit. Written documentation on the University/College program is recommended and should be kept on file should you be randomly selected for a CE audit.
  • An individual may request, in writing, an extension of time to obtain continuing education. If they provide evidence of an incapacitating illness or evidence of other circumstances which constituted a severe and verifiable hardship. The request to be submitted to the Board office for review must state the incapacitating illness or evidence of other severe and verifiable circumstance that comply with the continuing education requirement would have been impossible or unreasonably burdensome. Some extension requests may require the review of the full Board; that review will take place during the next scheduled Board meeting. The request for an extension of time should be submitted to the Board office prior to the renewal cycle or when the need becomes obvious. Not all requests for extension of time are granted.

Reinstatement of a License or Registration

Reinstating a license or registration is when an individual that has a status of 'Revoked' for a license or registration with the NC Board need to have their license or registration reinstated.

Veterinary License: when reinstated, is current until the succeeding annual renewal window of the reinstated year.

Veterinary Technician Registration: when reinstated, is current until the succeeding renewal window of that two (2) year renewal period. That date is determined by the technician's initial year of registration.

NOTE: The renewal window is opened around mid-November and closes the last day of February. You may access your account year-round to update your personal information, print a copy of your license / registration or add CE.

REQUIREMENTS:

Option - 1

LESS than three (3) years since your license or registration lapsed.

  1. Submittal of a Reinstatement Application (Contact the Board office for this form)
  2. Renewal fee:
    VETERINARIANS - $170 per year (1 year - $170; 2 years - $340; 3 years - $510) VETERINARY TECHNICIANS $50 per year (1 year - $50; 2 years - $50; 3 years - $100)
  3. Reinstatement fee: $100
  4. Continuing Education Credits:
    VETERINARIANS - 20 CE hours per year (1 year - 20; 2 years - 40; 3 years - 60) VETERINARY TECHNICIANS - 12 hours for one (1) or two (2) years; 18 hours for 3 years.
  5. 'License Verification' or 'Letter of Good Standing' mailed directly from State Board office(s) where one held a license or registration since your NC license/registration lapsed. This does NOT apply if time period is less than one (1) year for veterinarians and two (2) years for veterinary technicians.
Option - 2

MORE than three (3) years since your license or registration lapsed.

  1. Submittal of Reinstatement/Re-Exam Application (Contact the Board office for the form)
  2. Reinstatement/Re-exam Fee:
    VETERINARIANS - $250
    VETERINARY TECHNICIANS - $50
  3. This applies to VETERINARIANS ONLY: Have practiced at least three (3) of the five (5) years immediately preceding filing this application OR retake the National Exam.
  4. 'License Verification' or 'Letter of Good Standing' mailed directly from State Board office(s) where one held a license or registration since your NC license/registration lapsed. This does NOT apply if time period is less than one (1) year for veterinarians and two (2) years for veterinary technicians.

 

Form  REINSTATEMENT APPLICATION
To submit an on-line Reinstatement application, you must first Register via the Licensure Gateway. Once registered, you will log back in and select the appropriate reinstatement application to submit. Please know all required documents, if required, will need to be on file in Board office before the NC license/registration can be processed/reinstated.

ATTENTION: Individuals that are reinstated will need continuing education credits for the upcoming renewal cycle.


Inactive Status of a Veterinary License

A veterinarian in good standing with the Board and has ceased the practice of veterinary medicine completely, may, according to Administrative Code .0309, request 'Inactive Status'. To qualify, you must NOT be practicing veterinary medicine in any state.

The request needs to be in writing to the Board office. An individual still practicing veterinary medicine, employed where a degree in veterinary medicine is required or preferred, etc. would not be eligible for 'Inactive Status'.

The veterinarian who has an 'Inactive Status' may have their NC license reinstated at any time. The requirements to reinstate are proof of 20 hours of continuing education, renewal fee and submission of a reinstatement application. Please contact the Board office for the 'Reinstatement Form'.

There is NO 'Inactive Status' for Veterinary Technicians.

Contact Us

Phone: 919-854-5601
Fax: 919-854-5606


1611 Jones Franklin Rd, Ste 106
Raleigh, NC 27606