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Instructions For Out-Of-State Licensed Nurses To Obtain A Temporary Practice Permit To Aid In The Commonwealth's Emergency Declaration Related To Covid-19

  • Go to www.pals.pa.gov.
  • If this is your first time using PALS, read the instructions under "How do I get started?"
  • Once you have created your account or have logged in to your account, scroll to "New Professional License" and click on "Apply for New License."
  • Answer the survey questions.  Be sure the "Obtained By" indicates "Endorsement."
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  • Click "Next" from the survey. 
  • Once you have entered the Endorsement application, answer all questions and select YES that you would like to receive a Temporary Practice Permit.
  • If you are unable to obtain Criminal History Record Checks (CHRCs) from states other than Pennsylvania due to the pandemic, upload a signed statement that the required CHRCs will be provided when available.  Note that a license cannot be issued until all required CHRCs are received.  A PA CHRC request will automatically be submitted to the PA State Police when the Endorsement application is submitted to the Board. 
  • Upon evaluation of your application, you will be emailed a Temporary Practice Permit. 
  • Before your license can be issued, all other administrative requirements will need to be completed. 

    Note:  If you have ever held a license or Temporary Practice Permit in Pennsylvania, please contact the Board at st-nurse@pa.gov