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NPPES NPI Registry

The NPI (National Provider Identifier) Registry enables you to search for providers in the NPPES (National Plan and Provider Enumeration System) system. All information produced by the NPI Registry is provided in accordance with the NPPES Data Dissemination Notice. There is no charge to use the NPI Registry.

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Search NPI Records

Search for the NPI Records of Health Providers by entering search criteria.  The following describes the search criteria fields that may be entered:

  • NPI Number: Enter the NPI Number to search for a specific NPI. When entered, no other search criteria is needed.
  • NPI Type: The search can be refined to search for only Individual (Type 1) NPIs or only Organization (Type 2) NPIs; or the search can include all NPIs (both Individual and Organization) by selecting Any. Select the desired value from the drop-down list. The NPI Type cannot be the only search criterion entered. Searching by NPI Type and Country is acceptable as long as the Country selected is not United States. When searching by NPI Type and the Country United States, at least one other search criterion field besides State must be entered.
  • Taxonomy Description: Search for providers by their taxonomy by entering the taxonomy description.
  • Organization Name: This field only applies to Organization Providers. This field allows the following special characters: ampersand, apostrophe, “atâ€� sign, colon, comma, forward slash, hyphen, left and right parentheses, period, pound sign, quotation mark, and semi-colon. NPPES searches both the Organization Name and Other Organization Name fields; therefore, results displayed on the NPI Registry Search Results page might contain an organization name different from the one entered in the Organization Name search criterion.
  • First Name: This field only applies to Individual Providers. This field allows the following special characters: ampersand, apostrophe, colon, comma, forward slash, hyphen, left and right parentheses, period, pound sign, quotation mark, and semi-colon.
  • Last Name: This field only applies to Individual Providers. This field allows the following special characters: ampersand, apostrophe, colon, comma, forward slash, hyphen, left and right parentheses, period, pound sign, quotation mark, and semi-colon.
  • Doing Business As: This field only applies to Organization Providers.  This field allows the following special characters: ampersand, apostrophe, "at" sign, colon, comma, forward slash, hyphen, left and right parentheses, period, pound sign, quotation mark, and semi-colon. NPPES searches other organization names that have been identified with 'Doing Business As' Type of Other Name.
  • City: The City associated with the provider's practice location address. To search for a Military Address enter either APO or FPO into the City field. This field allows the following special characters: ampersand, apostrophe, colon, comma, forward slash, hyphen, left and right parentheses, period, pound sign, quotation mark, and semi-colon.
  • State: The State associated with the provider's practice location address. This field cannot be used as the only search criterion. If this field is used, at least one other field, besides the NPI type and Country, must be populated. Select the desired state from the drop down list.
  • Country: The Country associated with the provider's practice location address. This field can be used as the only search criterion as long as the value selected is neither United States nor Any. When selecting United States as a search criterion, at least one other search criterion field besides the NPI Type and State must be entered. Select the desired Country from the drop down list.
  • Postal Code: The Postal Code associated with the provider's practice location address.

Page Navigation:

  • Search button: Executes the search using the criteria entered in the fields above.
  • Clear button: Clears all of the search criteria fields.
  • NPPES hyperlink: navigates to the NPPES system Login page where providers can apply for and manage their NPIs.
  • Downloads hyperlink: navigates to the CMS Data Dissemination page that contains information regarding the NPPES Downloadable files. The NPPES Downloadable file is for those users needing access to the full NPPES data dissemination file, please feel free to utilize the monthly NPPES Downloadable File. File can be found on the Public Data Dissemination page. Please be sure to read the Facts about the Downloadable File before attempting to download the actual file. The NPPES Downloadable File is very large (exceeds 4 GB) and is intended to be downloaded by individuals with the requisite technical expertise.
  • API hyperlink: navigates to the NPPES API Help pages. The NPPES Read API facilitates the reading of the public information associated with an NPI (National Provider Identifier). All information produced by the NPPES Read API is provided in accordance with the NPPES Data Dissemination Notice.

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