Important Information Regarding Massachusetts
Nurse Licensure during a Public Health State of Emergency
The Board has established processes to expedite requests to meet healthcare needs during the State of Emergency pursuant to the Order of the Commissioner of Public Health Maximizing Health Care Provider Availability signed on March 29th, 2020.
During the declared State of Public Health Emergency, the Board of Registration in Nursing has established a TEMPORARY License for out-of-state nurses to assist in meeting the increased demand for nurses in Massachusetts.
To obtain a TEMPORARY license: please complete the TEMPORARY Nursing Licensure by Reciprocity Application in its entirety and submit it to Professional Credential Services.
1. Download a paper copy of the TEMPORARY Nursing Licensure by Reciprocity Application.
2. Complete the application in its entirety.
3. Submit your application with one of the following methods:
- Securely fax the application to 615-523-8840
This is a secure fax number that will deliver the document directly to the
Massachusetts Nursing Temporary Licensing processing team.
ATTN: MA Board of Registration in Nursing
C/O MA Nurse Coordinator
P.O. Box 198788 Nashville, TN 37219
NOTE: No fees are required for this license type.
A TEMPORARY License will be valid for the duration of Executive Order No. 591, Declaration of a State of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19, until rescinded by the Governor or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever occurs first. A nurse MUST not practice after the declared Public Health Emergency is no longer in effect.