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Mar 18 2022

Order sets April 18 expiration date for COVID-19 emergency licenses

All limited emergency licenses (LEL) issued in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic will expire on April 18, 2022, as a result of an Order issued by NCMB on Friday, March 18.

Any LEL holder who has a pending North Carolina license application is exempt and may continue to practice in the state beyond April 18, until their application is processed. Check the status of a pending license application here.

NCMB made limited emergency licenses available to physicians and PAs licensed in another U.S. state or territory starting in March 2020 in order to supplement the number of medical professionals available to meet the state’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic, NCMB set the expiration date of these licenses at 30 days after the State of Emergency related to COVID-19 declared by Gov. Roy Cooper ends.

Although North Carolina remains in a State of Emergency related to COVID-19, NCMB believes that the state’s needs for supplemental medical care have been met and that there is no need to continue to issue additional limited emergency licenses related to the pandemic.

Read the Order