***UPDATE:  To reflect pertinent and helpful material for our clients in various states throughout the country, this post has been updated with further information.

Over the last few weeks, State Governors and Governmental Authorities (including State Boards of Medicine) have issued orders and guidance permitting temporary out-of-state licensure for physicians in light of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

Note that physicians operating under and/or intending to obtain temporary licensure in another state should secure appropriate malpractice insurance in that state.

Links to temporary licensure applications and/or guidance for states applicable to Fox Rothschild clients can be found below:









  • No out-of-state temporary licensure guidance/updates.


New Jersey 

New York

North Carolina


  • OH Board of Medicine Action on Emergency LicensureNote that as of April 9, 2020, this Order is the current authority in Ohio on temporary licensure for out-of-state physicians. The Order’s language with regard to emergency licensure for physicians is vague and does not establish an application for out-of-state applicant’s emergency licensure. Additional guidance may be forthcoming.


South Carolina



  • VA Executive Order – No application for temporary licensure is necessary, provided such health care practitioner is engaged by a hospital, licensed nursing facility, or dialysis facility in the Commonwealth for the purpose of assisting that facility with public health and medical disaster response operations.


Washington, DC

West Virginia

In addition, the Federation of State Medical Boards is maintaining a list of states declaring emergency declarations and details on temporary out-of-state licensure. The list can be accessed from the Federation of State Medical Board Website.

If you have any questions regarding obtaining temporary out-of-state physician licensure during the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, please do not hesitate to contact us.