As of June 16, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Division of Consumer Affairs has issued temporary emergency licenses to individuals who retired within the last five years.  Since that date, the State - with help from individuals who became re-licensed under the retiree reactivation program - has made great strides in the fight against COVID-19.  To support this continued progress, the Division has determined that all licenses issued under the program will be extended until December 31, 2021. After this date, all reactivated retiree licenses will expire.

Also, the Division issued a superseding Administrative Order 2021-14 which expands the health care workforce available to administer COVID-19 vaccines. The additional individuals who are eligible to reactivate their licenses are as follows: Dentists, Optometrists, Podiatrists, Veterinarians, Pharmacy Technicians, Athletic Trainers, Perfusionists, Physical Therapists, and Dental Hygienists with Local Anesthesia Permit.

To meet the expected rise in demand for health care practitioners as our healthcare system engages in the fight against COVID-19, we are calling on retired health care professionals like you to return to practice immediately to assist in the effort. Whether you can provide services in-person or via telehealth, your assistance is needed to bolster our health care system wherever you choose to practice. Please click here to see a letter to you from Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

The Division of Consumer Affairs is now allowing you to reactivate your professional license temporarily on an emergency basis, waiving all fees and most requirements. We are calling on eligible health care professionals whose licenses have been inactive for five years or less to immediately reinstate their license for the period of the current state of emergency.

Please click here for FAQs on how to reactivate your professional license temporarily on an emergency basis.

Click on your profession, below,
 to apply.

Once reactivated, these licenses will remain active until December 31, 2021

Once your license has been reinstated, please sign up for the New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps. You can also find additional ways to contribute to the effort on the New Jersey healthcare volunteer portal. By providing details about your interest, skills, and availability you are not committing to deployment. You are enabling the State to match your skills with areas that need them most.  The Department of Health will reach out with more details if your skillset can help us in our response to COVID-19. Please click here to see a letter to you from Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

For additional information about steps the Division of Consumer Affairs is taking today to add capacity to our healthcare system, please click here.

Last Modified: 6/16/2021 2:10 PM