Licensure by License Transfer (Reciprocity)
The Board of Pharmacy will accept the transfer of a license to practice pharmacy from most states via the NABP license transfer program. The license being used as a basis for license transfer must be a license obtained by examination and that license must be current and in good standing. License transfer candidates will also be required to take and pass the Iowa Edition of the MPJE within 12 months.
The fee to the Iowa Board for license transfer is $315, which covers the administration fee, includes $180 for a biennial license, and the criminal background check processing fee of $45.
An applicant for licensure transfer must be a pharmacist licensed by examination in a state or territory of the United States with which Iowa has a reciprocal agreement, and the license by examination must be in good standing at the time of the application. All candidates must take and pass the MPJE, Iowa Edition. Any candidate who fails to pass the examination is eligible for reexamination.
Step 1: NABP Application for Licensure Transfer
Individuals interested in transferring their pharmacist license to Iowa must complete an NABP Application for Licensure Transfer. The online application is available on NABP’s Web site, https://nabp.pharmacy, by selecting the "PROGRAMS" section and “Licensure Transfer.”An applicant for licensure transfer must be a pharmacist licensed by examination in a state or territory of the United States with which Iowa has a reciprocal agreement, and the license by examination must be in good standing at the time of the application. All candidates must take and pass the MPJE, Iowa Edition. An application for licensure transfer is valid for 12 months following the date of issuance by NABP. A candidate for licensure transfer must successfully complete the MPJE examination and Background check process within that one-year period. NABP will not grant extension to the licensure by license transfer application. NABP will submit the electronic application to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy.
Step 2: Licensure by License Transfer Application
Submit the Board's online Licensure by License Transfer Application.
Step 3: Criminal History Background Check
Applicant will receive a criminal history background check packet/fingerprint card once the application and payment is received. Applicant must complete and pass the criminal history background check.
Step 4: Iowa MPJE
Applicant must register with NABP to take the Iowa MPJE. Applicant must successfully pass the Iowa MPJE.
Foreign Pharmacy Graduates:
Foreign pharmacy graduates must successfully pass NABP's Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exam (FPGEE), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Test of Spoken English (TSE), and provide a copy of their Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee certificate to our office.