This notice is to advise you that the Division of Consumer Affairs is modifying previously announced terms of the Emergency Reciprocity Licensure Program for out-of-state licensed health care practitioners. Specifically, all licenses that have previously been issued, regardless of current expiration date (and any licenses that may hereafter be issued) will expire on February 28, 2021.

If you presently hold a current temporary emergency reciprocity license, you do not need to make any written request, or take any other action, in order to obtain the extension of your license through February 28, 2021, as the extension will instead be automatically applied to all current licenses.

The Division urges all health care providers presently holding temporary emergency reciprocity licenses, who anticipate any need to continue to provide health care services to New Jersey patients after February 28, 2021 (i.e., any services for which a New Jersey issued license would ordinarily be required), to immediately apply for a plenary New Jersey license. License applications can take significant time to process, however the Division is confident that anyone who applies presently should be able to complete the licensure process prior to February 28, 2021.

If you allow your temporary emergency reciprocity license to expire as of February 28, 2021, you will thereafter not be able to continue to provide any health care services for which a plenary New Jersey license would otherwise be required. You are reminded that, in such event, you have a professional obligation and responsibility to ensure that you make appropriate arrangements for the transfer of care of all impacted patients.

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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