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UPDATED 06/11/2021 (ORIGINALLY POSTED: 05/17/2021) - BPOA has received many questions from licensed professionals about what happens to licensing waivers if the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration is ended. With the Governor's signing of HB 854 (now Act 21 of 2021), licensing waivers will remain active until September 30, 2021, unless ended sooner. We will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.
POSTED: 05/14/2021 - On 5/13/21, the CDC provided guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing except where required by law, rule, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Masking requirement will still be in place for unvaccinated individuals until 70 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
For more information please read the CDC guidance and the DOH press release.
The Department's offices in the North Office Building remain closed to the public. The Department of State continues to serve the public during the COVID-19 disaster declaration.
The processing of licenses and permits for health care practitioners continues to be a priority. Please refer to www.pals.pa.gov/verify to check the status of a license or permit.
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Verify a Professional
Welcome to the Pennsylvania online
license verification service. By using this service you are able to search for license information on individuals and businesses regulated by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.
Disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions can be found on the disciplinary actions link. Each entry includes the name of the respondent; the respondent's license number (if any); the respondent's last known business address with the board; the sanction imposed; a brief description of the basis for the disciplinary or corrective measure; and the effective date.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the following information is correct. However, it should be noted that the names of persons listed may be similar to the names of persons who have not had disciplinary or corrective measures taken against them.
Official confirmation of the current status of a licensee can be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs: 2601 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.