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COVID-19 Licensure
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May 6, 2020

Topic Collection: COVID-19 Licensure

These resources provide information on license reciprocity for health professionals during a disaster or public health emergency.

Please refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date clinical guidance on COVID19 outbreak management.

If you have COVID-19 promising practices, plans, tools, or templates to share with your peers, please visit the ASPR TRACIE Information Exchange COVID-19 Information Sharing Page (registration required) and place your resources under the relevant topic area. Resources specific to workforce protection and sustainability can be placed under the COVID-19 Workforce Resilience/Protection/Sustainability Resources Topic.

NOTE: inclusion of any reference in this document does not constitute an endorsement, acknowledgment, or suggestion that the reference is the only or best example for that topic. References are included as examples which were provided as suggestions at the time the document was developed.

All guidance posted is accessible to the public, and non-federal resources are noted with an asterisk (*). Linking to a non-federal website does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. government, or any of its employees, of the information and/or products presented on that site.  

Licensure Resources: All Health Professionals


American College of Surgeons. (n.d.). Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act*. (Accessed 4/11/2020.)
This webpage provides information on the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioner Act (UEVHPA). This is a uniform model law developed to support the rapid deployment of volunteer health professionals during disasters and provide license reciprocity to responders.
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National Conference of State Legislatures. (n.d.). Occupational Licensing During Public Health Emergencies*. (Accessed 4/11/2020.).
This webpage provides information on emergency-response licensure laws that states have enacted or activated to allow health professionals to come in from other states and practice their profession without being required to seek a state-specific license.
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Licensure Resources: Nurse Practitioners


American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. (2020). Licensure Renewal Changes Due To COVID-19*.
This webpage provides state-by-state information on changes in licensure renewal deadlines and Continuing Education (CE) requirements due to COVID-19.
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American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2020). Emergency State Licensure COVID-19 Response*.
This webpage contains a map with links to out-of-state, retired/inactive licensure processes and other information from the states for nurse practitioners.
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Licensure Resources: Dentists


American Dental Association. (2020). Dental Licensure by State Map*.
This webpage contains an interactive “Initial Licensure Requirements by State” map that highlights COVID-19 updates.
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Licensure Resources: Nurse Anesthetists


American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. (2020). COVID-19 State Government Resources*.
This webpage contains a list of state actions taken in response to the COVID-19 crisis relevant to nurse anesthetists.
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Licensure Resources: Nurses


This webpage contains Nursing Regulatory Body exceptions by state for inactive and retired licenses in relation to COVID-19.
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National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2020). State Response to COVID-19*.
This webpage contains state emergency response information, including the recognition of out-of- state nursing licenses.
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Nurse Licensure Compact. (n.d.). Is Your State Moving Forward With the NLC?*. (Accessed 4/19/2020.)
This webpage provides information on the status of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) in each state. The NLC allows recognition of nursing licenses across member states.
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Licensure Resources: Pharmacists


National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. (2020). COVID-19: Information from the States*.
This webpage contains state actions affecting pharmacy services, including provisions for allowing out- of-state pharmacists to practice.
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Licensure Resources: Physician Assistants


This webpage contains state emergency actions related to physician assistant licensing and practice.
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Licensure Resources: Physicians


This webpage contains information on states expediting licensure for inactive/retired medical licenses in response to COVID-19.
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This webpage contains information on states waiving licensure requirements and renewals for physicians in response to COVID-19.
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Licensure Resources: Respiratory Therapists


American Association for Respiratory Care. (2020). COVID-19 News & Resources*.
This webpage provides guidance for respiratory therapists related to state emergency declarations and consulting with state licensing boards.
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Licensure Resources: Psychologists


Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. (2020). Licensure Related Matters and COVID-19*.
This webpage contains information on state and interstate licensure and telepsychological practice provisions for psychologists in response to COVID-19.
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