Emergency Office Closure

When the Governor declares a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth or in Suffolk County and non-emergency state employees in the Executive branch are directed not to report to work due to the emergency situation, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) office will be closed. Official information regarding the emergency situation will be posted on the Commonwealth’s website http://www.mass.gov as well as on the Board’s website at www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn.

Should such an emergency occur on the day of a scheduled Board meeting, the meeting will not occur. 

NCLEX Candidates

Candidates who are scheduled to write the NCLEX® at a Pearson Professional Test Center in an affected area of the Commonwealth will be contacted by Pearson VUE to reschedule their exam appointment.  If you are an affected candidate with a question, contact Pearson VUE toll-free at 866-496-2539 or online at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex/.  The Board may extend an affected candidate’s Authorization to Test (ATT) for a specified number of days if the ATT expires on the date of the emergency or if it expires before the emergency is over. 

Emergency Volunteers

Nurses who would like to volunteer during a health-related emergency or event should register with MA Responds, a partnership administered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to integrate local, regional and statewide volunteer resources. Visit www.maresponds.org to complete the registration process.  Please note that a current Massachusetts license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse is required. 

If your Massachusetts nursing license has expired, you can renew on-line 24/7 through a secure Internet connection at https://onlineservices.hhs.state.ma.us/ to renew your license online using either the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers (if needed, either browser can be downloaded by following the link provided on the “Renew a License” web page.  Be aware that Google Chrome and Macintosh Safari browsers will not work on the website.  Renewal fees can be paid by MasterCard, VISA or electronic bank check only.  Once you complete the online renewal process, your renewed license status will immediately appear on the Board’s license verification site and you can then register with MA Responds. 

If you are licensed as a nurse in another US state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, or the US Virgin Islands, and would like to apply for a reciprocal nursing license to enable you to register with MA Respond, contact Professional Credential Services, Inc. toll-free at 877-887-9727 or online at www.pcshq.com

Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP)

Admission Interview and Program Orientation – Licensees scheduled for a SARP Admission Interview or SARP Program Orientation in an affected area of the Commonwealth will have appointments rescheduled. If the affected areas include Suffolk County all interviews will be rescheduled regardless of location. Contact the SARP Administrative Assistant for a new appointment date at 617-973-0915.

Drug Screens - Participants are still required to call in for drug screens daily. For questions contact FirstLab 800-732-3784 x 5548 or www.FirstLab.com

Holiday Office Closure

The Board offices are closed to business on the following holidays.

New Year's Day - January first

Jan. 1, Sun.


Jan. 2, Mon.)

Jan. 1, Mon.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - Third Monday in JanuaryJan. 16, Mon.Jan. 15, Mon.
Washington's Birthday - Third Monday in FebruaryFeb. 20, Mon.Feb. 19, Mon.
Patriot's Day - Third Monday in AprilApr. 17, Mon.Apr. 16, Mon.
Memorial Day - Last Monday in MayMay 29, Mon.May 28, Mon.
Independence Day - July 4thJuly 4, Tues.July 4, Wed.
Labor Day - First Monday in SeptemberSept. 4, Mon.Sept. 3, Mon.
Columbus Day - Second Monday in OctoberOct. 9, Mon.Oct. 8, Mon.
Veterans' Day - November 11thNov. 11, Sat.

Nov. 11, Sun


Nov. 12, Mon.)

Thanksgiving Day - Customarily the fourth Thursday in NovemberNov. 23, Thurs.Nov. 22, Thurs.
Christmas Day - December 25thDec. 25, MonDec. 25, Tues.



This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.