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Old 02-12-2012
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Arrow My Certification of Identification Form is deficient

3 weeks after ECFMG received my form 186, they mailed me
Dear Doctor:
The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is unable to process the Certification of Identification Form the reason-
Your Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) must be signed by an appropriate official as outlined below.
Therefore you must submit a new Certification of Identification Form completed in its entirety.
If you are a medical school graduate, your Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) must be signed and dated, in ink, by a Consular Official, First Class Magistrate, Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths.

i am a graduate and my school does not participate in EMSWP, so had to get d form signed from dean. in their letter above they mention i can get it signed by notary public. Does this mean i can get it signed by notary public alone and do not have to incl dean's sign?i mailed ecfmg, but havent got a reply!
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For graduates, there's an option of signing form 186 in front of notary public and then send it to college for official medical school signature, this option is useful for graduates who are now living away from the country of their graduation, otherwise, if you are still living in the same country, you can choose to sign it by the med school official only.

You have to choose the appropriate Form 186 (they give you the options in IWA website). Either (school official only) or (notary public and school official).

In your case, it seems that the person who signed your from 186 is not recognized by the ECFMG.

Call your med school and see if there was another person signing such forms before.

If you are the first person from your school to sign up for USMLE, then your school should contact the ECFMG and tell them who is the authorized person.

Sometimes, there's also some errors, for example the official did not put his/her name, just the signature.

Finally, it's better to call ECFMG than just emailing them. Calling them is generally more efficient.

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Default Time to process form 186 a 2nd time

I have resent my Certification of Identification form. I received a mail stating it would take 3 weeks to process. Does anyone have prior experience as to the time take to process the form a 2nd time? Do they process it eearlier?
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