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National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners: What is login.gov and why do I have to create an account?

What is login.gov?

Login.gov is a service that offers secure and private online access to government programs, such as federal benefits, services and applications.  With a login.gov account, you can sign into multiple government websites with the same email address and password.

Why is the National Registry using login.gov?

Login.gov uses two-factor authentication and stronger passwords that meet new National Institute of Standards of Technology requirements for secure validation and verification.  By using login.gov, you will get an extra layer of security to help protect your National Registry account against security breaches.

What will happen to my National Registry account profile?

Nothing will happen to the information stored in your National Registry account.

Once you create a login.gov account, the system will link it to your National Registry account.  The only difference is that you must use your login.gov email address, password, and security code to sign into your National Registry account.

What do I need to do?

If you do not already have a login.gov account, you must follow the steps below to create a login.gov account to access to your National Registry account:

  1. Go to https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select Sign in
     
  2. On the National Registry login page, select Transfer or Create Account
     
  3. Select the Account Type
    1. Medical Examiner - requires National Registry number, professional license or registration number and State
    2. Medical Examiner Administrative Assistant - requires National Registry number (functionality will be available at a later date)
    3. Third Party Administrator - requires National Registry number (functionality will be available at a later date)
       
  4. When you select submit in step 3 above, a message will be displayed on the screen that says:  “Details on how to proceed have been sent to the email address on file , if it exists.  Click Here to go to National Registry Home Page.”

     
  5. You will receive one of two emails:
    1. Your account was migrated successfully
      1. Your email address has been migrated to use login.gov.  Please select the button below to go to login.gov.  When on the site, select the Create Account link to register your account.
    2. Your account was NOT migrated successfully
      1. Your email address was duplicated in our system.  In order for you to register with login.gov, you will need to update your profile with a new unique email address.  Please select the button below to update your profile with a new email address.
         
  6. To create a login.gov account:
    1. Select Create Account link
    2. Enter email address and select Submit
    3. Message on screen states that an email was sent so you can confirm your email address
    4. Go into your email, open email from login.gov and select Confirm your email address
    5. Message on screen asks you to create a password and select Continue
    6. Message on screen asks you to provide a phone number where you will be sent a verification code by either text message or phone call based on your selection
    7. Once you receive the one time code, enter on the screen that says Enter Your Security Code
    8. If you will always be using the same computer to access your account, select the box that states remember for 30 days so you don’t have to get a new security code each time you log in
    9. Message on screen tells you to store your personal key.  A personal key is provided for you to save or print etc.  This code will be necessary if there is ever a need to recover your account so please save the key
    10. Message on screen asks you to enter your personal key.  Enter your personal key and select Continue
    11. Screen displays your account information
    12. National Registry login screen is displayed, enter your email address and password to access your National Registry account
    13. Review your National Registry account to make sure all your information is accurate
    14. Each time you want to access your National Registry account, select Sign In and enter your email and password

If you already have a login.gov account, you do not need to create one.  Use your existing login.gov email address and password, plus the security code to sign into your National Registry account.  You must follow the steps below to gain access to your National Registry account:

  1. Go to (https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/) and select Sign in and then select Log in on the next page.
     
  2. You will be directed to (https: secure.login.gov); select Sign in and enter your login.gov email address and password. Message on screen asks you to provide a phone number where you will be sent a verification code by either text message or phone call based on your selection.
     
  3. Once you receive the one-time code, enter on the screen that says “Enter Your Security Code” Important Note:  If you will always be using the same computer to access your account, select the box that states “remember for 30 days” so you don’t have to get a new security code each time you log in.

What email address do I use to create a login.gov account?

You must use your primary or secondary National Registry account email address to create your login.gov account.  When you use the same email that you use for your National Registry account, the system will automatically link your National Registry account to your login.gov account.

If you use a different email address when creating a login.gov account, the system will not be able to automatically link your accounts.  However, your National Registry account primary or secondary email address can be used to help you recover your account.

We recommend that you do not use a .gov, .mil, or .edu email address.  You should use a personal (non-government) email address that you do NOT share with someone else when you create your login.gov account.

Why shouldn’t I use a .gov, .edu, or .mil email address?

If you use a .gov, .edu, or .mil email address as your primary email address, when you leave the government or military position or school, you will no longer have access to that email address.  Without access to that email address, it will be much more difficult to verify who you are, if you need to reset your password.  In addition, you will not receive emails about important National Registry information.

Using a personal email address that you control (such as a Gmail account) is the best way to ensure that you always receive important National Registry messaging and account information.

What if I currently use a .gov, .mil, or .edu email address for the primary email address on my National Registry account?

If you currently use a .gov, .mil, or .edu email address for your National Registry account, you should change it AFTER you have created your login.gov account.

Can I use a different email address from my National Registry account email address, when creating a login.gov account?

When you first create a login.gov account, you need to use the same email address you currently use for your National Registry account.  This will let the system link your National Registry account to your login.gov account.  If you want to change your email address, we recommend you do it AFTER you have successfully linked your National Registry and login.gov accounts.

Can I share a login.gov account with another person?

No, each person must have their own login.gov account.  If you shared your National Registry account in the past, you can no longer do so with login.gov.  Each person must create his or her own login.gov account, with their own personal email address (not an email that you share with someone else).

How can I obtain additional information about login.gov?

For additional information about creating a login.gov account, please visit https://login.gov/help/creating-an-account/how-do-i-create-an-account-with-logingov/.

Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018
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