​Please be advised that any temporary emergency out-of-state license approved on June 1, 2020, or beyond will be valid through November 30, 2020. These licenses shall expire after that date, unless the Division determines to extend the license duration at that time. Please continue to check the Division's website for updates.

In response to the on-going COVID-19 state of emergency, the State of New Jersey has waived certain regulatory provisions regarding licensure of health care practitioners through reciprocity. These waivers will allow health care providers licensed in other states to obtain New Jersey temporary licensure and provide services to New Jersey patients either through telemedicine, pursuant to P.L. 2017, c. 117, or in-person.

The following boards have temporarily waived criminal history background check and fee for licensure requirements, among other requirements:

  • Acupuncture Examining Board

  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee   (licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors)

  • Athletic Training Advisory Committee

  • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee

  • New Jersey State Board of Dentistry   (licensed dentists)

  • Genetic Counseling Advisory Committee

  • Hearing Aid Dispensers Examining Committee

  • State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners   (licensed marriage and family therapists)

  • State Board of Medical Examiners

  • New Jersey Board of Nursing   (APN, RN, LPN, HHA)

  • Occupational Therapy Advisory Council  (licensed occupational therapists)

  • State Board of Examiners of Ophthalmic Dispensers and Ophthalmic Technicians

  • New Jersey State Board of Optometrists

  • Perfusionists Advisory Committee

  • Board of Pharmacy

  • State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners  (licensed physical therapists)

  • Physician Assistant Advisory Committee

  • State Board of Polysomnography  (licensed polymsonographic technologists)

  • Professional Counselor Examiners Committee  (licensed professional counselors)

  • Certified Psychoanalysts Advisory Committee

  • State Board of Psychological Examiners

  • State Board of Respiratory Care

  • State Board of Social Work Examiners


New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance Registration Waiver for Out-of-state Practitioners 

As detailed in DCA Administrative Order No. 2020-02 issued by the Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, the requirement for out-of-state practitioners to obtain a New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Registration is waived provided the prescriber:

   1) has been granted a temporary emergency license by reciprocity under the Division’s expedited process in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
   2) has the authority to prescribe medications, including controlled dangerous substances, in the individual’s home state;
   3) has a valid, unrestricted Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration in good standing in the individual’s home state; and
   4) prescribes CDS consistent with the scope of practice for the applicable health care profession under New Jersey law and regulations.

All individuals who have been granted a temporary emergency license by reciprocity, meet the requirement for the NJ CDS registration waiver, and wish to prescribe CDS to patients in NJ must register to access the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP). 

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Please be advised that this temporary license is only valid for practitioners who are licensed in the United States.


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