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Emergency Licensing by State

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DECEMBER 23, 2020

Emergency orders and licensing requirements have been updated. However, note that while the following changes have occurred, each healthcare facility is managing differently what their exact requirements entail; facilities facing a rapid-response crisis may be implementing these waiver changes, but generally, licensing is still required and in most cases will be expedited.

You can see the status of all states below:

Note that some states are no longer following Emergency Declaration licensing and WILL require a local state license.

Alabama

  • Licensed nurses can work in Alabama without a state-specific license for a period of 30 days after the Governor declares a state emergency
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Alabama Board of Nursing

Alaska

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • Courtesy Emergency License for Out of State Medical Personnel: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing.aspx
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • Licensing Period extended 2/28/2021
  • Alaska Board of Nursing

Arizona

Arkansas

  • Implemented an expedited licensing process
  • Licensing Fees Waived
  • No renewal extension
  • Licensure wait time ~24 hours
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • Arkansas Board of Nursing

California

Colorado

  • Any compact license (multi or single-state) will be accepted
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • License Expiration Bump Period for New Applicants: All new applicants who are issued a license within 120 days of the upcoming renewal expiration date will be issued a license with the next expiration date.
  • BON Verification
  • Colorado Board of Nursing

Connecticut

Delaware

Washington, D.C.

  • Licensed nurses can work in D.C. without a state-specific license
  • Licensure wait time <1 day
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • Washington, D.C. Board of Nursing

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • Expedited online process
  • Licensure wait time ~1-2 days
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • No Renewal Extension
  • BON Verification
  • Idaho Board of Nursing

Illinois

Indiana

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • Expedite fingerprints processing
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Licensure wait time <1 day
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: YES
  • Indiana Board of Nursing

Iowa

  • Valid license from another state can apply
  • Renewal Update: Any license expiring in 2020 will not be considered inactive until 7/1/2021
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • Iowa Board of Nursing

Kansas

  • Valid license from another state can apply expires 1/26/2021
  • No renewal extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • Kansas Board of Nursing

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON using this form: file:///C:/Users/B/Downloads/COVID-19%20Application.pdf
  • Renewal Update : Licenses will have 30 days after expiration of emergency to renew
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • Maine Board of Nursing

Maryland

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • Renewal Update: Licenses set to expire will have until the 30th day to renew after emergency has ended
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • BON Verification
  • Maryland Board of Nursing

Massachusetts

Michigan

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • Michigan Board of Nursing

Minnesota

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • Minnesota Board of Nursing

Mississippi

Missouri

  • Expedited licensure applications: anyone who graduated nursing school after December 16, 2019 but has not yet taken the NCLEX (has not been denied licensure) can practice as a graduate nurse pending the results of their first licensing exams or 180 days (whichever comes first)
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • Missouri Board of Nursing

Montana

Nebraska

  • Renewal Update: Renewals are on hold until 12/31/2020. The Board will send renewal notices with 90 days to renew.
  • Out of State Licensed Nurses are permitted to work without single state license.
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • Nebraska Board of Nursing

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • Waiver for temporary emergency license : https://njconsumeraffairs.state.nj.us/NJBoards-TempLicense/
  • Partially implemented nurse licensure compact: nurses holding compact licenses will currently find their licenses valid in New Jersey (for at least 180 days)
  • Any valid multi-state license from any state will be accepted
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Licensure wait time ~24 hours
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • New Jersey Board of Nursing

New Mexico

  • Any valid license from any state will be accepted and will not need a New Mexico license until upwards of 30 days thereafter
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Licensure wait time <1 day
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • BON Verification
  • New Mexico Board of Nursing

New York

  • Any valid/active license from any state will be accepted, does not need to register with the New York Board of Nursing
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • BON Verification
  • New York Board of Nursing

North Carolina

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • Retired nurses (within five years) can return to work, and nursing students who have graduated but not yet taken the NCLEX can practice as graduate nurses
  • Licensure wait time <1 day
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • BON Verification
  • North Carolina Board of Nursing

North Dakota

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • Licensure wait time <1 day
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • North Dakota Board of Nursing

Ohio

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON by applying for Endorsement via online portal
  • Licensure wait time <1 day
  • Renewal Extension Update: Licenses extended until 7/1/2021
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • Ohio Board of Nursing

Oklahoma

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON by completing application via Endorsement via online portal.
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Licensure wait time <1 day
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • Oklahoma Board of Nursing

Oregon

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON must complete waiver: https://www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/LicenseExceptions.aspx
  • Licensure wait time ~1 week
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • Oregon Board of Nursing

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

  • Any valid license from any state will be accepted (permits 90-day license to practice that can be extended once) https://health.ri.gov/applications/Emergency90DayTempLicense.pdf
  • Requiring healthcare workers to complete 7 days of quarantine before working following inter-US travel
  • Licensure wait time ~1-2 days
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: No
  • Rhode Island Board of Nursing

South Carolina

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON waiver: https://llr.sc.gov/nurse/pdf/UPDATED%20Emergency%20License%2010_26_20.pdf
  • Expedited online process (requires 1 business day)
  • No Renewal License Extension
  • Licensure wait time <1 day
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • BON Verification
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

South Dakota

  • Submitted 1135 waiver; Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON (license to be honored for 90 days)
  • Licensure wait time ~24 hours
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • South Dakota Board of Nursing

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON to receive a DOPL Time-limited Emergency License (lasting for up 180 days)
  • No Renewal Extension
  • Licensure wait time ~1-2 days
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • Utah Board of Nursing

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

  • Valid license from another state can apply with the state’s BON
  • Emergency Order Extended 4/30/2021
  • Licensure wait time <1 day
  • Nurse Licensure Compact: Yes
  • Wyoming Board of Nursing

 

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