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

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

Why is the National Registry using uses two-factor authentication and stronger passwords that meet new National Institute of Standards of Technology requirements for secure validation and verification.  By using, 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 account, the system will link it to your National Registry account.  The only difference is that you must use your 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 account and/or link your National Registry account to your account.

What email address do I use to create a account?

You must use your primary or secondary National Registry account email address to create your 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 account.

If you use a different email address when creating a 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 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 account.

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

When you first create a 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 account.  If you want to change your email address, we recommend you do it AFTER you have successfully linked your National Registry and accounts.

Can I share a account with another person?

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

How can I obtain additional information about

For additional information about creating a account, please visit

Last updated: Monday, May 13, 2019