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States Alter Licensing Renewals during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Certification, Validation, and Accreditation Section of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education has created a list of states that have altered license renewal schedules and/or Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following information has been extracted from web pages of various licensing authorities for your convenience. If your state does not appear in the list below, it is because we have no information from your state at this time. The ACS encourages members to continue to check directly with their licensing board for additional COVID-19 updates.

State COVID-19 Emergency Response Altered License
Renewal Schedules and/or CME Requirements

ARIZONA

  • State of Arizona Executive Order 2020-17 defers requirements to renew licenses if the renewals cannot be completed online. Physicians are able to renew Arizona licenses online. There is no renewal extension for physicians at this time.

CALIFORNIA

  • Waiver of any CME or examination requirements for the renewal of licenses that expire from March 31, 2020, through June 30, 2020. Licensees will be allowed six months after the state of emergency declaration is lifted to make up these requirements.

CONNECTICUT

  • If your license was active on or after March 30, 2020, your license will not expire during the COVID-19 civil preparedness emergency. You will be able to renew your license at any time now and during the six-month period following the date of the resumption of the renewal requirements

FLORIDA

  • The governor has directed all agencies to suspend licensing and renewal requirements for existing professional licenses for 30 days.

FLORIDA (DO)

  • The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine waived the requirement for live, participatory attendance for certain continuing medical education credit hours.
  • Osteopathic physicians may complete the following continuing medical education requirements via distance learning: Florida Laws/and Rules; Professional and Medical Ethics; and, Prevention of Medical Errors.

IDAHO

  • The 2020 spring license renewal period has been extended through October 2020.

ILLINOIS

  • The state has automatically extended licenses through September 30, 2020.
  • All requirements for in-person continuing medical education and all deadlines and other requirements for continuing medical education that are unable to be satisfied due to the health emergency, are suspended during the period of this health emergency. If a licensee is unable to complete the required continuing medical education required for renewal of their Iowa medical license due to the health emergency, they should note that on their next renewal application.

IOWA

  • All license renewal requirements and deadlines are suspended during the period of this health emergency. If a licensee had an active medical license on March 22, 2020, the expiration date will be automatically extended for the duration of this health emergency.

MAINE

  • The governor has issued an order that keeps licenses from expiring or needing to be renewed for 30 days after the end of declaration of the emergency (including CME requirements).

MARYLAND

  • All physicians whose licenses have or will come up for renewal during the State of Emergency, which was declared on March 10, 2020, shall have their renewal date extended until 90 day after the end of the Emergency.

MASSACHUSETTS

  • All physicians whose licenses have or will come up for renewal during the State of Emergency, which was declared on March 10, 2020, shall have their renewal date extended until 90 day after the end of the Emergency.

MICHIGAN

  • Effective immediately and continuing through April 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) may renew a license to practice, regardless of whether the licensee has satisfied the continuing education requirement applicable to their license.
  • Effective immediately and continuing through April 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm, LARA may recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 emergency as hours toward continuing education courses or programs required for licensure.

MINNESOTA

  • The Minnesota health-related licensing boards are authorized to defer continuing education requirements until the first full reporting cycle following the termination of the peacetime emergency declared by Executive Oder 20-01.

MISSISSIPPI

  • The June 30, 2020 Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirement has been extended to December 31, 2020. Licensee will still be required to renew their licenses during the May 1 to June 30, 2020 renewal period.

NEBRASKA

  • Nebraska has deferred continuing competency requirements and license renewal fees until 30 days after the lifting of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

NEW MEXICO

  • Should providers find they are unable to complete required 75 CME's for renewal, an extension of 3 months can be provided upon request for an "emergency deferral." Licensees must petition the board prior to the renewal date for an "emergency deferral" if they find they cannot obtain the required number of CMEs.

NEW YORK

  • For licensees whose registrations are due to renew between March 1 and June 1, 2020, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study, so long as it is taken from a Department-approved provided and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession.

OHIO

  • Beginning immediately, the Medical Board will suspend enforcement of the continuing education requirements and the renewal of licenses issued by the State Medical Board of Ohio. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement for Ohio physicians to obtain 50 hours of Category 1 CME at the time of license renewal. The exercise of the enforcement discretion is effective the March 9, 2020 and will apply to renewals due by March 1, 2021.

OKLAHOMA

  • The deadline for licenses due to expire between March 25 and April 30 has been extended to May 14, 2020. The month and day of the original expiration date will resume in 2021.

RHODE ISLAND

  • Medical licenses due to expire July 1, 2020, are granted a 90-day extension for renewal with no penalties or late fees.
  • Requirements for Continuing Education Units (CEU) for these licenses are also waived

TENNESSEE - Renewal Deadline Extension

TENNESSEE – CME Extension

  • The relevant provisions of Tennessee Code and related rules are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to extend the current expiration dates for health care professionals to renew their license, certificate, or registration set to expire between March 12, 2020, and the date on which this Order terminates for three (3) months, during which time the holder of each license may continue to legally operate or practice their profession. When each license is renewed, its new expiration date shall be twenty-four (24) months after the expiration date it had prior to this Order.
  • The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated and related rules and policies are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to suspend the requirement that individuals complete or submit proof of completing continuing education requirements or otherwise demonstrate continuing competence as a condition of reinstating a license, certification, or registration. The Commissioner of Health shall reasonably extend the deadline for these requirements as necessary to respond to the effects of COVID-19.

TEXAS

  • The Texas Medical Board has automatically extended license and permit expiration dates through August 31, 2020 for physicians whose current permit expired/expires on February 28, 2020 or May 31, 2020.

UTAH

  • The requirement to participate in “live” CE hours is suspended for those with license expiration dates between now and September 30, 2020.

VERMONT

  • Vermont will allow a continuing medical education extension of up to 180 days and provide alternatives to face-to-face CME opportunities impacted by COVID-19. Online courses and training will be allowed. An extension will be granted if you are unable to complete your continuing medical education due to any of the following circumstances: The in-person CME activity was cancelled due to COVID-19; You feel your health may be at risk by attending an in-person CME activity due to the spread of COVID-19; and/or, You feel your health may be at risk by the required travel to attend an in-person CME activity due to the spread of COVID-19

VIRGINIA

If the licensee is unable to complete all of the required 60 hours of CME due to the COVID-19 crisis, he/she will indicate this at the time of license renewal. The licensee will then be asked to explain the reasons he/she was unable to complete the 60 hours (i.e. canceled courses). (Per 18VAC85-20-235, G)

WASHINGTON

  • The Continuing Medical Education requirement has been suspended until midnight on April 25, 2020.
  • License renewal requirements have been suspended until midnight on April 25, 2020.

WEST VIRGINIA

  • West Virginia has suspended the requirement that medical licenses are only valid for two years for the duration of the State of Emergency.
  • The state has also suspended the requirement that physicians biennially furnish proof of completion of 32 hours of CME prior to renewal.

WYOMING

  • The Wyoming Board of Medicine has adopted an emergency rule extending the current license expiration date of its licensees from June 30, 2020, to September 30, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Yekaterina Baker, MA, Senior Manager, Educational Verification and Credit Systems, Division of Education, at ybaker@facs.org.