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​Waived and Suspended Licensing Regulations

Due to the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), additional health care practitioners will be needed to treat ill Pennsylvanians. This need may extend beyond the capacity of the professionals currently licensed by Pennsylvania’s health-licensing boards. To increase the available number of practitioners, the Department of State requested a suspension from Governor Wolf to several provisions that create barriers to temporary licensure. The following list details the suspensions granted by the Governor and provides additional information for health care professionals on how to obtain temporary licenses.

​Pennsylvania Expands the Age Range of Persons to Whom Pharmacists May Administer Influenza Vaccinations
ISSUED 07/02/2020
To help mitigate patient crowding in health care centers in the event there is a second coronavirus wave during the upcoming flu season, and to enable a greater number of people to receive the flu immunization, the Governor approved the Department of State’s request to suspend the age limitation. Pharmacists who are already authorized to administer the flu vaccine may now administer any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine to individuals 3 years of age or older. Read more

​Pennsylvania Suspends Limitation on the Number of Online Continuing Education Hours for Landscape Architects
ISSUED 06/26/2020
The Department requested, and the Governor approved, a suspension of the “no more than one-half” limitation for the current biennial renewal period (which ends May 31, 2021). Suspending this restriction means that licensees may obtain up to 100% of their continuing education hours online or via distance learning, as well as through satellite seminars, electronic presentations and correspondence courses. Read more

​Pennsylvania Further Extends Certain Temporary Permits and Licenses for Barbers, Cosmetologists, Crane Operators, Nurses and Perfusionists
ISSUED 06/16/2020
The Department of State has previously requested and received approval from the Governor to extend various temporary practice permits, temporary graduate/student licenses and certain third-party certification requirements. Several of these waivers require further extension as a result of licensure examination facilities’ inability to operate at full capacity as states re-open and social distancing measures remain in place. There is also a substantial backlog of applicants who need to reschedule exams that were cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more

​Pennsylvania Extends License Renewal Deadline for the State Board of Barber Examiners
ISSUED 06/16/2020
The Department requested, and the Governor has approved, a further extension of the biennial license renewal deadline for the State Board of Barber Examiners by an additional 90 days, from July 29, 2020, to October 27, 2020. Read more

​GUIDANCE FOR BARBER SHOPS PERMITTED TO OPERATE DURING THE GREEN PHASE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC
ISSUED 06/14/2020
This guidance document addresses the procedures businesses in the barbering industry must follow to limit the spread of COVID-19 to the extent they are permitted to conduct in-person operations. Read more

​GUIDANCE FOR COSMETOLOGY SALONS PERMITTED TO OPERATE DURING THE GREEN PHASE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC
ISSUED 06/14/2020
This guidance document addresses the procedures businesses in the cosmetology industry must follow to limit the spread of COVID-19 to the extent they are permitted to conduct in-person operations. Read more

Pennsylvania Extends License Renewal Deadlines for Chiropractors, Dietitian-Nutritionists and Pharmacists
ISSUED 06/09/2020
Given that the COVID-19 emergency is ongoing, the Department believes it is prudent to extend additional biennial renewal deadlines. The Department of State requested − and the Governor has approved − that the license renewal deadlines falling between September 1, 2020, through and including October 1, 2020, be extended for ninety (90) days, and that any associated regulations establishing these dates be temporarily suspended. Read more

Pennsylvania to Count Telemedicine Services Provided During COVID-19 Emergency Towards Clinical Experience Requirement for Pre-Licensure Behavior Specialists
ISSUED 06/08/2020
The Department requested that the “in-person” requirement be waived, and the Governor granted this request. Under this waiver, hours of clinical experience obtained by individuals working toward licensure as a behavior specialist via telemedicine or teletherapy during the duration of the COVID-19 emergency which began on March 6, 2020, and which was extended for an additional 90 days on June 4, 2020, be recognized as valid and counted towards the 1,000 hours of clinical experience. This waiver ceases 30 days after the end of the COVID-19 emergency, and any hours of clinical experience thereafter would need to be “in-person.” Read more
See also: Licensed Health Care Practitioners Can Provide Telemedicine Services to Pennsylvanians During Coronavirus Emergency (3/18/2020)
See also: Pennsylvania Suspends Certain Licensure Requirements for State Board of Psychology, and State Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Professional Counselors (3/22/2020)
See also: Certain Requirements Temporarily Waived for Those Seeking Licensure as Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists and Counselors (3/26/2020)

Pennsylvania Automatically Extends Certain Temporary Licenses for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
ISSUED 05/26/2020
the Governor authorized the Department’s request to automatically extended certain temporary OT and OTA licenses. This extension applies to all temporary licenses that were valid and active as of March 6, when the COVID-19 disaster emergency was declared, and any temporary OT and OTA licenses issued during the COVID-19 emergency. Such temporary licenses shall expire no earlier than 90 days following the end of the COVID-19 emergency. Read more

Pennsylvania Waives Certain Requirements for Acceptable ID for Notary Services During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 05/26/2020
For PennDOT IDs that expire between March 16 and June 30, 2020, the Department of State requested, and the Governor granted, a waiver of the requirement that a driver’s license or nondriver identification card be current and unexpired in order to constitute satisfactory evidence of identity. This waiver is limited to PennDOT-issued documents which expired from March 16, 2020 through June 30, 2020 (or any further period as determined by subsequent extension by PennDOT). Because PennDOT has extended the expiration date of these identity products, Pennsylvania may rely on them for identification of customers under RULONA. Read more

Pennsylvania Temporarily Allows Limited Distance Education Hours for Massage Therapy Students During COVID-19
ISSUED 05/23/2020
The Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf approved, a temporary suspension of the requirement that the 600 hours of instruction be entirely “in-class” contact hours. Read more

Pennsylvania Extends Cosmetology Apprentice Permits, Temporarily Suspends Weekly Minimum Training Hour Requirement
ISSUED 05/19/2020
Because cosmetology salons have not been deemed “life-sustaining” businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, apprentice permit holders are currently unable to work towards obtaining their required 2,000 training hours. To address this situation, the Department of State requested, and the Governor approved, a temporary suspension of the 25/hours-per-week minimum requirement. Read more

State Board of Medicine Suspends Regulation Requiring Physicians to Provide Paper Prescription Within 72 Hours of Issuing Emergency Prescription by Telephone During COVID-19 Pandemic
ISSUED 05/12/2020
The Department of State (DOS) has received approval to temporarily suspend a State Board of Medicine regulation related to emergency oral (verbally conveyed) prescriptions. The temporary suspension was requested following guidance provided last month by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and a related waiver subsequently issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Read more

Pennsylvania Extends Appointment Deadlines for Notaries
ISSUED 05/06/2020
The Department of State requested, and the Governor approved, an extension of the 45-day deadline for appointed notaries to get sworn in and record the bond/oath/commission with the Recorder of Deeds and to register the notary signature with the Prothonotary, up to an additional 30 days. This extension will apply to all notaries whose 45 days expired or will expire on or after March 1 until the end of the disaster declaration. Because notaries have varied expiration dates, the 30 days will calculate for each notary differently. For counties that the Recorder or Deeds or Prothonotary is still closed, the 30 days will also take into account and be based on the date the associated Recorder and Prothonotary offices reopen. Read more

Pennsylvania to Allow Students About to Graduate from Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs During COVID19 Emergency to Take Licensure Examination Prior to Graduation
ISSUED 05/06/2020
Therefore, the Department sought, and the Governor approved, a waiver consistent with the direction the Board is already moving with its revised regulation, namely, that the graduation-before-licensure-examination requirement is temporarily suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The waiver allows PT and PTA students who have completed their didactic education but have not yet completed their clinical education to take their national licensure examinations up to 180 days prior to graduation. Read more

Pennsylvania Waiver Allows In-Person Real Estate Classes to Be Livestreamed During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 05/06/2020
The Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf approved, a temporary waiver to the commission’s definition of “distance education” so that only instruction where there is a separation of both distance AND time between instructor and student will be considered distance education. Courses that are livestreamed are separated by distance but not time, and therefore are not “distance education.” Read more

Pennsylvania Extends Application Expiration Dates for Real Estate Appraisers
ISSUED 05/04/2020
To assist appraiser applicants whose one-year application approval is in danger of expiring due to the closure of testing sites, the Governor approved the Department of State’s request for a waiver of the one-year limitation. Read more

Pennsylvania Gives Dentists and Dental Hygienists Alternatives to Live-Patient Clinical Licensing Exam During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 04/24/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf approved, several waivers/suspensions related to the clinical licensure examinations for both dentists and dental hygienists who have just graduated or are about to graduate. Read more

Pennsylvania Gives Licensed Crane Operators More Time to Recertify Due to COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 04/23/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf granted, a waiver of the requirement that crane operators whose certification has expired, or will expire, during the COVID-19 emergency, submit to the board proof of recertification. The waiver is applicable for the duration of the Emergency Declaration, and for 30 days after it is lifted. This waiver gives licensed crane operators time to be recertified and submit proof of their recertification to the board. Read more

Pennsylvania Gives Some Businesses More Time to File Corrected Paperwork During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 04/18/2020
While BCCO continues to receive resubmitted paperwork during the COVID-19 emergency, processing delays and limited staff availability have led to processing times that approach 30 days. Because these delays are no fault of the filer, the Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf granted, a waiver of the applicable 30-day resubmission rule and an extension to 60 days. This waiver will give filers additional time to correct rejected filings without penalizing them for processing delays. The waiver applies only to association filings. It will not apply to Uniform Commercial Code filings, which may not be corrected and resubmitted. Read more

Pennsylvania Extends Expiration Dates of Temporary Permits for Additional Licensees During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 04/18/2020
The Department requested – and the Governor granted – additional provisions be waived and/or temporarily suspended to preserve the integrity and extend the duration of the identified temporary licenses and permits. All temporary licenses and permits identified herein are automatically extended and shall expire no earlier than 90 days following the end of the COVID-19 emergency.

Pennsylvania Waives Certain Licensing Requirements for Military Medical Personnel During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 04/17/2020
The U.S. Army has mobilized Reserve medical specialists to reinforce civilian hospitals in areas of the country that are experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, called “Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces,” including Pennsylvania. For those health care professionals in the task force who did not immediately qualify for state licensure, the Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf granted, a waiver to practice in Pennsylvania as long as they are employed by the Armed Forces of the United States, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs or the federal government. Read more

Pennsylvania Waives Certain Administrative Requirements for Graduate Medical Trainees During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 04/17/2020
In the ongoing effort to build and strengthen the healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 emergency, the Department of State requested a waiver related to Graduate Medical Trainees (GMTs), which was approved by the Governor. This waiver temporarily suspends the requirement that the applicant provide a detailed written statement of the medical services to be provided beyond the parameters of the GMT program and receive a board evaluation regarding training and education.  Read more

Pennsylvania Expands Clinical Clerk Services During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 04/13/2020
The Department requested and received a waiver from the Governor of the statute that limits services provided by clinical clerks to patients in hospital settings. For the duration of this emergency, clinical clerks are not limited to providing services to patients in hospitals.  Read more

Pennsylvania Issues Additional Pharmacy-Related Waivers During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 04/13/2020
To aid in the COVID-19 emergency response effort the Department of State requested and the Governor approved a number of additional pharmacy-related waivers.  Read more
See also: Pennsylvania Expands Access to Pharmacy Services ISSUED: 03/22/20

Pennsylvania Changes Supervision Requirements for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 04/13/2020
To aid in the COVID-19 emergency response effort and augment the healthcare workforce, it has become necessary to suspend certain rules and regulations regarding licensing, certification and credentialing of health care practitioners. This includes professionals in the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy, often collectively referred to as “rehabilitation therapy.”  Read more

Pennsylvania Extends Temporary Licenses for Graduate Perfusionists During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 04/09/2020
Perfusionists have a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the current demand for perfusionists and cancellation of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion's spring certification exam, the Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf granted, a six-month extension of all Temporary Graduate Perfusionist Licenses.  Read more

Pennsylvania Waives Certain Requirements for Graduate Medical Trainees During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 04/07/2020
The Department of State and State Board of Medicine have requested, and the Governor has granted, a temporary waiver allowing a facility’s resident program director to determine which GMTs have gained the skills and fulfilled the requirements necessary to advance in their postgraduate year (PGY) training in the absence of the USMLE.  Read more

Department of State Temporarily Waives CPR Rules for Two Additional Professional Licensing Boards
ISSUED 04/07/2020
The Department requested a waiver or temporary suspension of the State Board of Dentistry’s regulations and statutory provisions related to CPR and BSL certification, and the State Board of Massage Therapy’s regulations and statutory provisions related to CPR certification. Read more

Pennsylvania Extends License Renewal Deadlines for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
ISSUED 04/07/2020
The Department requested and the Governor has approved that the license renewal deadlines falling through July 31, 2020 be extended for ninety (90) days. The licensee types whose licenses are set to expire during that time frame are set forth below. The Department also requested that any associated regulations that establish these dates be temporarily suspended.  Read more

Temporary Waiver of License Reactivation Requirements for Additional Health Care Practitioners During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 04/07/2020
The department has since identified additional health care practitioner types for whom temporary waivers of certain regulations would allow them to more easily reactivate their retired or expired licenses and provide assistance during the pandemic. These additional boards and practitioners/licensees include occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and licensed dietitian-nutritionists (LDNs).
See Also: Reactivation for additional retirees: Temporary waivers cover more professions ISSUED: 03/30/2020
See Also: Pennsylvania to Allow Retired Health Care Professionals to Bolster COVID-19 Response ISSUED 03/25/2020

Pennsylvania Changes Certain Requirements for Barbers, Cosmetologists, Accountants and Nursing Home Administrators During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 04/06/2020
Applicants and licensees should not be penalized or have their applications and licenses jeopardized when, through no fault of their own, time periods continue to run (or expire) due to the COVID-19 emergency. The Department of State requested a waiver, extension and/or temporary suspension of certain requirements for barbers, cosmetologists, accountants and nursing home administrators during COVID-19 Emergency.  Read more

Temporary Waiver of Notarization Requirement for Campaign Finance Reports and Statements
ISSUED 04/06/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf granted, a temporary waiver of the notarization requirement in the Campaign Finance Reporting Law for campaign finance reports and campaign finance statements filed by political committees and candidates for public office. The waiver includes adopting the use of the unsworn falsification standard and allowing the required documents to be filed online and electronically using the unsworn falsification standard until the COVID-19 health emergency subsides. Read more

Department of State Extends Deadline for Filing Lobbying Disclosure Quarterly Reports
ISSUED 04/06/2020
Governor Tom Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to waive the lobbying disclosure first quarter 2020 reporting date, with the first and second quarter reports now due on the same date of July 30, 2020, although the reports should be filed separately. Read more

Pennsylvania Allows Remote Notarization of Some Documents During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 04/02/2020
The Department of State requested and received a temporary limited suspension of the Pennsylvania statute which requires physical presence of notaries for all notarial acts relating to a statement or signature on a record. Read more

Pennsylvania Waives Certain Requirements for Funeral Resident Interns
ISSUED 04/02/2020
Under the State Board of Funeral Directors' current regulations, interns whose training gap exceeds 30 days will have to start their training over from the beginning. The Governor granted a request by the Department of State and the State Board of Funeral Directors that the 30-day time period requirement for interruption be temporarily suspended until the COVID-19 emergency ends and that such time period be automatically extended to 120 days. Read more

Waiver of Temporary Permit Rule for Respiratory Therapists During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 04/02/2020
The Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf granted, a temporary waiver of the requirement that applicants for a temporary respiratory therapist permit be within 30 days of their anticipated graduation date. Instead, for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, students in respiratory care education programs who wish to apply for a temporary permit must be within 90 days of their anticipated graduation date. Those impending graduates who already applied for a full license, but cannot take their exam because of the closure of test centers, may now apply for a temporary permit. Read more

Pennsylvania Extends Renewal Dates for Charitable Organizations During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 04/01/2020
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the following charitable organization registration renewal deadlines, which fall between April 30, 2020, and July 31, 2020, are extended for three months, with the renewal of each registration required to be postmarked by the 15th day of the 14th month following the close of the organization’s fiscal year. The corresponding registrations of these charitable organizations will be extended by three months as well. Read more

Pennsylvania Provides Short Term Licensure for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Licensed in Other States During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 03/30/2020
In order to increase the number of health care practitioners available to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and to ensure continuity of patient care and services, Governor Wolf has granted the Department of State’s request to allow osteopathic physicians or surgeons from other states or Canada to be issued a “short term camp license” in Pennsylvania as a means of temporary licensure.
Read the waiver document

Reactivation for additional retirees: Temporary waivers cover more professions
ISSUED: 03/30/2020
Governor Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to temporarily waive regulations and costs for reactivation of an inactive license for additional professions and licensing boards. 
see also: Temporary Waiver of License Reactivation Requirements for Additional Health Care Practitioners During Coronavirus Emergency ISSUED 04/07/2020
see also: Pennsylvania to Allow Retired Health Care Professionals to Bolster COVID-19 Response ISSUED 03/25/2020

Temporary Waiver of Rule for Funeral Home Directors During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 03/30/2020
Federal guidelines advise social distancing that includes restricting public gatherings, including funerals, to no more than 10 people due to the coronavirus outbreak. This is making it difficult for funeral directors to accommodate a grieving family’s needs while still meeting federal and state guidance regarding social distancing. In response to these guidelines, and in acknowledgement of the role funeral directors play in providing comfort to grieving families, the Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf granted, a temporary waiver to the length of time a funeral home may retain the recently deceased person’s body before a burial.
Read the waiver document

COVID-19 License Renewal Extensions for Nurses and Others
ISSUED 03/27/2020
While the department will provide guidance encouraging licensees to renew on time, if possible, this waiver ensures that if they miss the dead line their licenses will remain valid, and they will have an additional 90 days to renew them.
Read the Press Release

State Board of Nursing: Additional Temporary Waivers
ISSUED 03/27/2020
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Department of State requested, and Governor Wolf granted, the extension for 90 days of certain license renewal deadlines which fall between April 30, 2020, and June 30, 2020. Any associated regulations that establish these dates are temporarily suspensed.

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine: Information for prescribers
ISSUED 03/26/2020
Suggestion for Board of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine for Prescribers: In response to COVID-19 and potential shortages of medications that may be effective against the virus such as hydroxychloroquine, prescribers should include the patient’s diagnosis on the prescription. If written for a COVID-19 diagnosis, the diagnosis has been confirmed by a positive test result and documented on the prescription. Smaller quantities of hydroxychloroquine should be prescribed for COVID-19 patients when appropriate to prevent potential shortages.

For Board of Pharmacy for Pharmacists: In response to COVID-19 and potential shortages of medications that may be effective against the virus such as hydroxychloroquine, pharmacists should verify the patient is confirmed COVID-19 positive before dispensing. Patients established on therapy or utilizing the medication for other diagnoses (e.g. Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis) should be able to continue to access without diagnosis verification. Smaller quantities of hydroxychloroquine should be dispensed to COVID-19 patients when appropriate to prevent potential shortages.
Read the suggestion document

Certain Requirements Temporarily Waived for Those Seeking Licensure as Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists and Counselors
ISSUED 03/26/2020
Governor Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to temporarily waive additional regulations concerning the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors (SW/MFT/PC Board) and the State Board of Psychology (Psychology Board). This temporary waiver specifically applies to individuals who are not yet licensed practitioners.
Read the waiver document

Pennsylvania Waives Certain Requirements for Cosmetologists and Barbers During COVID-19 Emergency
ISSUED 03/26/2020
In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Department of State has extended filing deadlines and waived or suspended certain other licensing requirements to prevent licenses and temporary permits from lapsing or expiring during this trying time.
Read the waiver document

Pennsylvania Provides Limited Suspension of In-person Regulatory Requirements for Notaries for Real Estate Transactions
ISSUED 03/25/2020
The Department temporary and limited suspension of 57 Pa.C.S. § 306, which requires physical presence of notaries.
Read the suspension document

Pennsylvania to Allow Retired Health Care Professionals to Bolster COVID-19 Response
ISSUED 03/25/2020
The Pennsylvania is acting to enable retired health care professionals to assist with the COVID-19 response by waiving certain licensing regulations. These new regulation suspensions increase the number of available and qualified health care practitioners in Pennsylvania by allowing retired practitioners to re-enter their field more easily...
Read the Press Release
see also: Temporary Waiver of License Reactivation Requirements for Additional Health Care Practitioners During Coronavirus Emergency ISSUED 04/07/2020
see also: Reactivation for additional retirees: Temporary waivers cover more professions ISSUED: 03/30/2020

Pennsylvania Expands Access to Pharmacy Services
ISSUED 03/22/2020
The Wolf administration is removing barriers for pharmacies to provide services for Pennsylvanians in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Wolf has granted a request from the Pennsylvania Department of State to suspend certain pharmacy regulations to enable more flexible and available services during the coronavirus emergency.
Read the Press Release
Read the suspension document

Some License Requirements for Qualified Physicians Assistants Are Suspended During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 03/22/2020
In order to allow physician assistants practicing under the state Board of Osteopathic Medicine to more easily and effectively assist with emergency response efforts to COVID-19, Governor Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to suspend requirements pertaining to written agreements and several other items. READ MORE

Pennsylvania Suspends Certain Licensure Requirements for State Board of Psychology, and State Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Professional Counselors
ISSUED 03/22/2020
In order to increase the number of health-care practitioners available to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, Governor Wolf has granted the Department of State’s request to suspend some licensing requirements related to psychology; social work, marriage and family therapy and professional counselors. READ MORE

Some Continuing-Education Restrictions Suspended for Licensed Professionals
ISSUED 03/22/2020
Governor Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to suspend restrictions on distance-learning for continuing-education requirements for certain licensed professionals. READ MORE

Pennsylvania Waives Some Nurse Licensing Requirements to Aid Coronavirus Response
ISSUED 03/21/2020
The Department of State has waived certain administrative requirements for nurses, including temporarily extending license expiration dates and waiving associated fees during the coronavirus emergency.
Read the Press Release 
Read the waiver document

In-Person Requirement Suspended for Court Reporters
ISSUED 03/21/2020
Governor Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to suspend the requirement for physical presence of notaries who are court reporters/stenographers participating in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings in this Commonwealth. READ MORE

Medical Doctors’ Two-Facility Institutional License Limit Suspended During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 03/20/2020
The Governor has suspended the institutional-license requirement that limits qualified medical doctors to practicing at no more than two (2) affiliated facilities. READ MORE

Certain regulations suspended for Nurse-Midwives
ISSUED 03/20/2020
Governor Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to allow the suspension of certain regulations concerning Certified Nurse Midwives.  READ MORE

Issuance of Temporary Licenses to Health Care Practitioners Not Licensed In Pennsylvania to be Expedited During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 03/18/2020
Governor Wolf granted the Department of State’s request for a suspension to allow expedited temporary licensure to practitioners in other states to provide services to Pennsylvanians, for the duration of the coronavirus emergency. READ MORE
ACTION REQUIRED: Application for a Temporary License for Physicians Not Licensed in Pennsylvania (PDF)

Licensed Health Care Practitioners Can Provide Telemedicine Services to Pennsylvanians During Coronavirus Emergency
ISSUED 03/18/2020
Health care professionals licensed under any of the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) licensing boards can provide services to patients via telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency.
Read the Press Release 
Read the waiver document

ISSUED 03/17/2020
Due to the Disaster Declaration issued by the Governor regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the requirements related to physical presence for Board meetings have been temporarily waived by the Governor. All Board meetings remaining on the schedule will be conducted via teleconference with call information provided for the public to attend. For more information, please see the meeting notice for more information.