EPIC requires you to submit three documents to confirm your identity when you establish an EPIC Account:
Getting Started (PDF)
You will be required to upload a photograph of your face as part of your request to establish an EPIC Account. ECFMG will send this photograph with requests for verification of your credentials to assist the verifying institution in identifying you. The photograph also will appear on your EPIC Reports. As such, the photograph you submit should show a true likeness of you in a professional manner. The source of the photograph should be either a digital camera or a print photograph scanned into a digital format.
Your photograph must:
If your photograph does not meet these requirements, it will be rejected and you will need to upload an acceptable photograph.
You will be required to upload a scan of your current, unexpired passport as part of your request to establish an EPIC Account. Passports are used by ECFMG for identity verification only and will not be included with credentials verification requests or EPIC Reports.
The scan of your passport must:
If your passport scan does not meet these requirements, it will be rejected and you will need to upload an acceptable passport scan.
The EPIC Identification Form (EIF) is required by ECFMG to confirm that you are the individual who created the EPIC Account. You must have a valid EIF on file to upload credentials to EPIC and to request verification reports for your verified credentials.
Once you have received confirmation of your request to establish an EPIC Account, you will be able to access your EIF through the “My Identity Documents” tab of your EPIC Account. Your EIF will be available as a downloadable PDF file. The EIF includes your name, gender, date of birth, photograph, and passport. Your EIF must be certified by a Consular Official, Notary Public, First Class Magistrate, or Commissioner of Oaths. There are two options for obtaining certification of your EIF:
Your EIF must be received within six months of the date it is created. If your EIF is not received within this timeframe, it will be rejected. Because EPIC requirements also state that your photograph must have been taken within six months of the date you submit it, if your EIF is rejected, your previously accepted photograph will be invalidated as well. You will be able to upload a new photograph and obtain a new EIF through the “My Identity Documents” tab of your EPIC Account.
ECFMG will notify you once we have received and evaluated your EIF. You also can monitor the status of your EIF through the “My Identity Documents” tab.
Using NotaryCam to Certify Your EIF
ECFMG recommends that you use NotaryCam to certify your EIF. NotaryCam provides convenient, on-line access to professionally licensed and certified notaries that meet ECFMG’s standards for certifying your EIF. Using NotaryCam will expedite processing and help prevent rejection of your EIF. In addition, NotaryCam eliminates the need for you to visit a notary in person and to mail your EIF to EPIC. To use NotaryCam, you will need the PDF file of your EIF, your passport, and a computer with a webcam.
To obtain certification through NotaryCam, complete the following steps:
Once your session is complete, the notary will transmit your EIF directly to ECFMG for evaluation.
Please note that if NotaryCam is unable to provide you with notary services, you can have your EIF certified as described in Option 2 above.