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Important Information Regarding Physician Licensure during the State of Emergency

The Board has established processes to expedite requests to meet healthcare needs during the State of Emergency.

Emergency Temporary Licenses for Full License Applicants

In order to ensure an adequate supply of physicians to staff hospitals, and to eliminate any administrative delays for physicians who qualify for licensure during this crisis, the Board of Registration in Medicine issued Interim Policy on Emergency Temporary Licenses for Full License Applicants 2020-09.  Pursuant to Policy 2020-09, eligible physicians will be issued an Emergency Temporary License while the Board processes the physician’s Full application.  A request for an Emergency Temporary License must be made by a Massachusetts healthcare facility to either the Executive Director or the Director of Licensing. Please contact the Board of Registration in Medicine at 781-876-8230 should you have any questions.

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Emergency Temporary License For Physicians with an Active Massachusetts Limited License

The Board will accept applications for Emergency Temporary 90 Day License for all international medical graduates and graduates of medical schools in the United States, Canada, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico who have completed 2 years of postgraduate training as outlined in the Applicant Qualification Requirement Section of the application. 

Please complete the following application and email the completed, signed form to:

temp.licenses@mass.gov

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Extension of Physician Renewal Dates

For all active physicians and acupuncturists scheduled for license renewal from March 17 to August 31 who have not yet renewed, pursuant to COVID-19 Order No. 41, Order Authorizing The Reopening of Child Care Programs and Rescinding Eight COVID Orders, the renewal date for licensure has been extended to October 8, 2020.  Physicians scheduled to renew their licenses beginning on September 1, 2020 are required to renew in the ordinary course.

Emergency Temporary License Application for Out-of-State Physicians

With the Governor declaring a State of Emergency, the Board of Registration in Medicine established an Emergency Temporary License Application for out-of-state physicians to assist in meeting the increased demand for physician services in Massachusetts. 

To qualify for an Emergency Temporary License a physician was required to hold an active full, unlimited and unrestricted medical license in good standing in another U.S. state/territory/district. "Good standing" shall not include a license that has been revoked, cancelled, surrendered, suspended, or is subject to disciplinary restrictions.

An Emergency Temporary License is valid until 30 days after the State of Emergency is terminated, or December 31, 2020, whichever occurs last.

Pursuant to COVID-19 Order No. 41, Order Authorizing the Reopening of Child Care Programs and Rescinding Eight COVID Orders, Emergency Temporary License Applications for Out of State Physicians will not be accepted after July 10, 2020.

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Expedited Application Request from Health Care Facilities

With the Governor declaring a State of Emergency on March 11, the Board of Registration in Medicine is processing licenses to prioritize emergency needs of healthcare institutions and organizations.  If you are a healthcare institution or organization and seek an expedited request of an application, please contact: emergency.medical.license@mass.gov.

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