The Division of Consumer Affairs houses 51 professional boards that oversee 720,000 professionals and a Regulated Business Unit that registers 60,000 businesses. Licenses and registrations have staggered renewal dates and some have been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Licensure of Temporary Permit Holders and Vocational-Technical Schools
On February 5, 2021, the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued
Administrative Order 2021-05 and
Waiver 2021-01, which allows temporary permit holders and graduates of vocational-technical schools to obtain licenses from the Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling without having passed the practical examination, based on an attestation provided by a supervisor or Vo-Tech instructor; allows applicants to obtain a second temporary permit; and waives the temporary permit fee.
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Forms for the
attestation requires by this Order can be found below (in alphabetical order by
PPE Access Program
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) recently launched the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. The Program was developed in response to concerns emerging from the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission, the nine sector-based committees of the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, and input from numerous small businesses indicating the need for readily available, fairly priced personal protective equipment (PPE).
Program details may be found in the
NJEDA press release.
Updated Mortuary Science and Cemetery Board Guidance
On April 22nd the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Judith Persichilli, signed
Executive Directive 20-010 affecting the handling, memorialization and disposition of human remains during the COVID-19 emergency.
revised joint guidance from the Mortuary Science and Cemetery Boards to licensees of both Boards regarding the Directive and other applicable regulatory changes.
Extensions of CPA Examination Credit Window and Continuing Professional Education Deadline
The Division has issued a Rule Waiver (DCA-W-2020-17) temporarily extending until December 31, 2020, the expiration of certain exam credits for the multi-part Certified Public Account Exam (CPA Exam). Additionally, DCA-W-2020-17 extends until June 30, 2021, the deadline for licensees to complete continuing professional education (CPE).
The Division takes this action today due to the COVID-19 pandemic and difficulties CPA Exam candidates have faced – and continue to face – in sitting for the multi-part CPA Exam within the required 18-month window, and the challenges licensees have experienced obtaining CPE credits. Under the order, candidates’ exam credits that expire between March 9, 2020, and December 30, 2020, will be extended to the new December 31, 2020 deadline. Additionally, the order extends – from December 31, 2020, to June 30, 2021 – the deadline by which Board-licensed certified public accountants and public accountants must complete 120 CPE credits. This order takes effect immediately.
Health and Safety Standards for Licensed Cosmetology and Hairstyling Programs
The Division has issued Administrative Order 2020-17 which establishes standards for the reopening of licensed cosmetology and hairstyling programs. To learn more,
Cosmetology Temporary Permits
On September 1, 2020 the Division of Consumer Affairs issued
Administrative Order 2020-16 and Waiver 2020-15, reinstating and extending the validity of temporary permits issued by the Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling that expired on or after March 9, 2020, by one year beyond the original date of expiration. The Order and Waiver also extend the validity of temporary permits that are set to expire on or after September 1, 2020 by one year beyond the original expiration date.
Requirements for Reopening Cosmetology and Massage Businesses
Extensions & Electronic Renewals
Mortuary Science and Cemetery Board Guidance and Operational Survey
Funeral Services Signature Requirement Waiver
In-Person Continuing Education Waiver
In-Person Requirement for Healthcare Service Firms
Office of Weights and Measures Fuel Standards Waiver
Licensed Public Mover Inspection Waiver
Orders and Waivers of Rules
Bureau of Securities (BOS) Measures to Protect Professionals and Investors
Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission (LGCCC) Updates