State/Territorial NAVLE Application (Application #2)

For Candidates Applying for Licensure in the U.S. and U.S. Territories

Updated March 30, 2015

In addition to the NBVME NAVLE application #1, all NAVLE candidates must submit a state/territorial NAVLE application #2 to a licensing board (or to the board's designated NAVLE processor) by the board’s (or processor’s) state NAVLE application receipt deadline. The licensing board (or processor) must verify your eligibility to take the NAVLE, must approve you to take the examination, and must convey that approval to the NBVME office in order for you to be able to take the NAVLE.

If you have not graduated from veterinary school at the time of application, the NBVME requires that you must have an expected graduation date no later than ten months from the last date of the applicable testing window. Some licensing boards have other requirements, and you must meet the graduation eligibility requirement your board follows. Additional information can be found in the state board application procedures below.

Repeating candidates should take into consideration the NAVLE Retake Policy in determining their eligibility for reapplication. For information on board policies see the licensing board policies on NAVLE retakes list found on the NAVLE retake policy page of this site.

State NAVLE application procedures, deadlines, and fees vary. Some boards process their own state NAVLE applications and approvals, some boards contract with an outside vendor to process their NAVLE applications and approvals, and some boards have the NBVME office process NAVLE applications and approvals on their behalf. The latest application deadline a licensing board can have is August 1 for the November-December NAVLE, and February 1 for the April NAVLE, but some boards have earlier deadlines. The NAVLE Application Procedure Chart on this site contains information on who to contract regarding submission of your state NAVLE application #2, and this information is also summarized below.

Canadian Candidates - Candidates applying to take the NAVLE in order to obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in Canada must contact the Canadian National Examining Board (NEB) and follow their NAVLE application procedure, requirements, and deadlines.

Candidates with Documented Disabilities - If you have a documented disability for which you will be seeking test accommodations, please see the Test Accommodations for Documented Disabilities page of this website for additional information.


Licensing Boards that Process their own State/Territorial NAVLE Application #2

If you indicated on your NBVME NAVLE application #1 that your agency of application is one of the state/territorial boards listed below, you must contact that licensing board office directly for their state/territorial NAVLE application #2 procedures, fees and deadlines.

District of Columbia
New Mexico
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands
West Virginia

Licensing Boards that Have a Designated State NAVLE Application #2 Processor

  • California Veterinary Medical Board Candidates - 8 month graduation eligibility requirement

    If you indicated on your NBVME NAVLE application #1 that your agency of application is the California Veterinary Medical Board, you must submit your California state NAVLE application #2 to their NAVLE processor, the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Contact the AAVSB for information regarding California state NAVLE application requirements and deadlines: ( or 877-698-8482).
  • Illinois Veterinary Licensing and Disciplinary Board Candidates

    If you indicated on your NBVME NAVLE application #1 that your agency of application is the Illinois Veterinary Licensing and Disciplinary Board, you must submit your Illinois state NAVLE application to their NAVLE processor, Continental Testing Services (CTS). Contact CTS for information regarding Illinois state NAVLE application #2 requirements and deadlines: ( or 708-354-9911 x106).
  • State NAVLE Application #2 Processed by NBVME

    For the 2015-2016 testing cycle, NAVLE candidates applying through the state licensing boards listed below must submit their state NAVLE application #2 directly to the NBVME office, not to their licensing board, because the NBVME is the designated NAVLE processor for these boards.

    During the application periods, you may complete the state application on-line and pay the $51 state application fee by Visa or MasterCard, or request a paper application from the NBVME office, and submit the fee by personal check, certified check, or money order (in U.S. funds), to the NBVME office. The state NAVLE application fee is non-refundable.

    Please note, if the payment method selected by you results in a dishonor or a later dispute as to the validity of the payment, your NAVLE eligibility may be suspended, your scores may be withheld and any scores that have been reported may be rescinded pending resolution of the dishonor or dispute and the payment of additional fees by you arising from such dishonor or dispute.

For candidates applying through these licensing boards, the deadline for receipt of your application and supporting documentation in the NBVME office is August 1 for the November-December examination and February 1 for the April examination.


New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York - 8 month graduation eligibility requirement
North Carolina

North Dakota

Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas - 8 month graduation eligibility requirement


A link to the on-line state NAVLE application #2 forms for the state boards for which the NBVME is the designated NAVLE application processor will be available below during the application periods.

If you want to submit your NBVME NAVLE application #2 by paper, contact the NBVME office by email to request a paper application form. Paper application fee payment options include personal check, cashier's check, certified check, or money order, payable in U.S. funds. When submitting a paper application, the paper application and fee must be received in the NBVME office by the application deadlines noted above. Late applications will not be accepted.

During the application periods, submit your on-line NBVME NAVLE application #1 prior to submitting your on-line state NAVLE application #2. When you complete your application #1 on-line, you will be automatically directed to your state NAVLE application form #2. If you have any questions regarding your application submission contact the NBVME.

State NAVLE applications are not available at this time.