Common questions about applications

FAQs - Application Process

The online application process for ABS exams is posted each year in early spring under My Records and also under each exam's section of the website. A notice will be posted on the homepage when they become available. Once logged in, you will see your Status of Application page where you will access all of the application forms and check the status of your application.
Application materials must be at the ABS office (not postmarked) by close of business day on the application deadline. To confirm delivery of your application materials, please track your package through your delivery service. Due to volume, the ABS staff is unable to confirm receipt of materials until they have been processed.
To avoid the late application fee, the following items must arrive by close of business day on the application deadline: (1) application form (via website); (2) operative report (via website or by mail, depending on format); (3) signature form with all required signatures (by mail); and (4) application fee (via website). Note: The total application fee required is based on when your mailed items were received by the ABS office, NOT the date you submitted the application form or fee.
Please send an email to the IT staff or call the ABS office at 215-568-4000.
On the Status of Application page, each application item that has been processed will have a "Received" date indicated. Allow 3-4 weeks for mailed items to be marked "Received" due to mail and processing time. We suggest you track your package through your delivery service to ensure delivery by the application deadline. The "Received" date will indicate when the item arrived at the ABS office, not when the item was processed.
No. "Received" means that your application materials arrived at the ABS office and have been processed. Your application has not yet been approved. If your application is approved, "Approved" will be stated on the Status of Application page. If there are errors or missing items from your application, you will be notified first by email, then by mail.
Once your application is approved, you will be sent instructions on how to register for the upcoming examination. To register, you will go to "Exam Records and Results" under My Records. The name of your exam will show as a link (allow 2-10 business days after application approval for link to appear). Click on this link to go to your exam's registration page. This is where you will complete the online registration form and submit credit card payment of the examination fee.