Graduate Medical Education

USMLE Step 3 Application Material for Subsequent Licensure in California


Instructions

USMLE Step 3 Application Material will be available to you at the Federation of State Medical Boards website for the USMLE Step 3 exam. 

When you go onto the website you will go through five steps to obtain the information you need for USMLE Step 3 as follows:
  1. Review the Bulletin of Information. It contains the official policies of the USMLE program that apply to your administration of the exam.

  2. Check that you meet the Step 3 Requirements. Two sets of requirements are listed: the core USMLE program requirements that all applicants must meet and the state-specific eligibility requirements (e.g. minimum postgraduate training of the sponsoring board). Please keep in mind that when you register for Step 3, you will be asked to indicate the state board for which you are sitting.

  3. After identifying a board whose eligibility requirements you meet, print that state board's instructions for your reference. You may also need to print and submit a postgraduate training form or additional documents from these instructions.

  4. Then register online or print and mail a paper application.

If you have questions after accessing the web site you may contact the FSMB by calling (817) 868-4041.

Locations

The exam is computerized and is scheduled on a Monday through Saturday basis to be given at Thomson Prometric Testing Centers. There is one Sylvan Center in San Diego as follows:

Thomson Prometric Test Center
5075 Shoreham Place Suite 180
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: 858-866-2120 Site Code: 0526

For the most up-to-date list of Testing Centers in the state of California, please refer to Thomson Prometric's website.

Application Process

  • Read all of the application material carefully. Submit the application and attachments

  • Fee required with application for processing, to the FSMB by first class mail to:

    Federation of State Medical Boards
    Attn: Assessment Services
    400 Fuller Wiser Road, Suite 300
    Euless, Texas 76039-3856
  • Allow approximately 2-4 weeks for processing once the Federation receives your application.

  • Once your application is registered and eligibility status approved, a Scheduling Permit will be mailed to you at the address provided on your application.

  • When you receive the Scheduling Permit, you will be able to contact Thomson immediately to schedule the examination.

  • The Scheduling Permit will specify your assigned eligibility period, which begins immediately and extends for approximately 90 days, during which time you must complete the exam.

  • If you do not take the test within your assigned eligibility period and wish to take it in the future, you must reapply, including submission of new application materials and fees.

  • FYI - USMLE exams are not available during the first two weeks of January or any state or federal holidays.

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