Verifying a Surgeon's Board Certification

Mar 12, 2019

Credentialing agencies and hospitals often have questions while verifying a doctor’s Board status. Before employing, recommending, or personally seeing a doctor, we all want to make sure they have reached the gold standard of Board Certification. For this reason, ABOMS offers official verification letters upon request.

So, how does it work?

1. Easily run a verification by submitting a short form online at Each verification is $60, and you can pay with credit card. If you’d rather pay by check, you can do so by mailing your check payment along with a letter of request to the ABOMS administrative office. If you are a patient simply looking to find a certified doctor, you can search (free of charge) in the “Find a Certified Doctor” box at This is not an official letter but instead a directory of those who are Board Certified (unless they’ve chosen to not include themselves in this public listing).

2. If running a verification online, you will receive an email that contains a link to your verification letter. You must access this link within a 24-hour time frame to download or print your letter. If you choose the mail option, you will receive a mailed response within 7-10 business days.

3. Once you receive your letter, you will see the surgeon’s status, original certification date, date of most recent certification, and the date the current certification expires. The status will show one of the following:

-          Active: A Diplomate who is actively engaged in the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery or receives remuneration by being an OMS and is currently in good standing with ABOMS. 

-          Candidate: An OMS who is actively pursuing Board Certification and has been approved to take the Qualifying Examination and/or Oral Certifying Examination.

-          Not Board Certified: Neither Active nor a Candidate. There are several reasons why a surgeon may not currently hold an Active status, but our letters will only disclose whether a doctor is or is not Board Certified.

For more details and to submit a request, visit