AMCAS® Letter Service for Advisors and Other Letter Authors

American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) accepts letters of evaluation and distributes them to participating medical schools electronically. This service enables letter authors to send all letters to AMCAS rather than to each school.

Guidelines

  • If a medical school participates in the AMCAS Letters Service, all letters must be sent through AMCAS. Only a handful of U.S. medical schools do not participate in the AMCAS Letters Service.

  • Please note that participation is subject to change. Schools that do not participate in the AMCAS Letter Service may still require letters of evaluation from applicants.

  • You can upload letters electronically via the AMCAS Letter Writer ApplicationInterfolio, or VirtualEvals. You can also send your letter to AMCAS via mail. Letters sent electronically are matched to an applicant's AMCAS application with one business day. Letters sent through the mail can take up to 15 business days from the date of receipt to be matched to the appropriate application.

  • You must include both the AAMC ID and the AMCAS Letter ID found on the Letter Request Form when sending letters, regardless of how the letter will be submitted.

  • Medical schools may require letters to be on official letterhead and include the author's signature.

  • Under no circumstances will AMCAS provide applicants access to letters of evaluation. Read the AAMC's Data Privacy Policy and Maintaining the Confidentiality of Letters of Evaluation, from the Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Committee on Admissions (COA).

How does my letter author get his/her letter to AMCAS?

Your letter author can forward your letter to AMCAS in one of the following ways:

If your institution's pre-medical advising office provides a letter of evaluation service, you may be able to arrange to have all of your letters transmitted to AMCAS through that office. Talk with your advisor to determine which type of system is used at your institution (i.e., Committee Letter, Letter Packet, or Individual Letters).

AMCAS Letter Writer Application

This application enables letter authors to upload PDF versions of letter(s) securely to AMCAS rather than send letters via the mail. Your letter writer will be required to register as a letter writer and will need your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID in order to upload your letter(s).

Mail

Make sure your letter writer has a copy of the AMCAS Letter Request form, which includes your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID. Your letter writer should include this form when sending your letter in order to guarantee that your letter is correctly matched to your application.

Letters should be mailed to:

AMCAS, Attn: AMCAS Letters
AAMC Medical School Application Services
P.O. Box 18958
Washington, DC 20036

This address also appears on the AMCAS Letter Request Form.

Interfolio

Make certain to add your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID in your Interfolio account if you are an Interfolio user. These IDs must accompany your letter in order for your letter to be matched with your application.

How to use Interfolio:
Enter the letter entry/entries in the AMCAS application before you have them sent via Interfolio.

If submitting an Individual Letter to AMCAS, you should:

  • Enter each individual letter separately in the AMCAS application.
  • Create a new delivery in Interfolio.
  • In Interfolio select "AMCAS" as your designation.
  • Select the corresponding Individual Letter(s).
  • You will then be asked for the AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID found on the AMCAS Letter Request Form for each Individual Letter.
  • Complete the delivery.

If submitting a Committee Letter or Letter Packet to AMCAS through Interfolio, you should:

  • Enter it once in the AMCAS application.
  • Create a new delivery in Interfolio.
  • In Interfolio select "AMCAS" as your designation.
  • Select the corresponding letter(s) that belong to the Letter Packet or Committee Letter.
  • Input the AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID found on the AMCAS Letter Request Form for each letter (please note: If the letter(s) are complied within Interfolio to make one Committee Letter or Letter Packet you will need to enter the same AMCAS Letter ID for all letters that belong in one Committee Letter or Letter Packet).
  • Complete the delivery.

Virtual Evals (VE)

VE is a letter service available to members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). If your advisor is a VE user, and you have arranged to have your letters transmitted through your advising office or career center, provide your AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID to your advisor these IDs must accompany your letter in order for it to be matched with your application.

How to use the VE Service:

  • Enter your VE-packet only once in the AMCAS application as either a Committee Letter or a Letter Packet, as appropriate.
  • Enter your advisor, or who the advisor designates, as the "Primary Author/Contact".
  • For Letter Packets Only: Enter the author(s) of the other letters in the packet as "Additional Authors" (optional).
  • Provide your advisor with the AMCAS Letter Request form that contains the AMCAS Letter ID

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Questions about AMCAS Letters

Which medical schools require letters to be sent through AMCAS?

Only a handful of medical schools choose not to participate in AMCAS Letters. If a medical school participates, all letters must be sent to AMCAS.

Non-participating Medical Schools:

  1. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Shreveport
  2. University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

How long does it take for AMCAS to process letters of evaluation?

Letters sent electronically through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application, Interfolio or VirtualEvals are matched to a student's application within one business day. Letters sent through the mail can take up to 15 days from the date of receipt to be matched to the appropriate application.

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