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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?

Visit the National Registry Support page and follow the step by step instructions or watch the instructional video to learn how to create a login.gov account and/or link your National Registry account to your login.gov account.

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.  You will no longer have a username to log into the National Registry.  Instead, you will be using your email address.  Therefore, it is important that you use an email address that is not shared with others and you are the only one with access.

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: Thursday, August 23, 2018
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