Temporary or Emergency Licensure Facilitated by NABP Passport

NABP Passport is a temporary authorization that facilitates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, interns, and pharmacy businesses practicing in another state. The program was developed in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and it allows states to efficiently grant temporary or emergency licensure.

Beginning October 1, 2020, NABP will no longer accept applications for COVID-19 Passports. NABP Passports issued prior to October 1 will remain in effect until December 31, 2020, unless the state determines an early expiration date. This decision was made based on feedback received from participating member boards.

If you wish to practice in Passport states after December 31, check with the state board of pharmacy to determine what options are available for continued practice and the related requirements. The boards will determine if you can extend your temporary license or if you must pursue licensure transfer.

Applications for Louisiana Hurricane Laura Passports also will not be accepted beginning October 1. Hurricane Laura Passports expire October 31.

NABP Passport for COVID-19

Boards of pharmacy leveraged NABP Passport for COVID-19 in two ways.

  1. Recognized NABP Passport as a designation for temporary practice
  2. Required NABP Passport as a pre-requisite for temporary or emergency licensure

NABP Passport streamlined processes for individuals and businesses facing the prospect of seeking multiple non-resident temporary licenses as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response. The program provided centralized submission and tracking of emergency license requests and reduced the burden on individuals and businesses that were relied upon to ensure continuity of patient care and increased access to medications.

License verifications for the NABP Passport were conducted at no cost to the applicant or the boards of pharmacy. Criteria for the NABP Passport were as follows:

  • Pharmacists must have at least one license (active and in good standing).
  • Pharmacy technicians must have a license/registration or hold a certification from PTCB or CPhT.
  • Interns may apply if the state licenses/registers interns and the state has included interns in their emergency declarations.
  • Pharmacy businesses may apply if the state has included these entities in their emergency declarations and they have obtained an e-Profile for their business.
States that recognize the NABP Passport

All states listed below accept NABP Passport for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. States that also allow NABP Passport for interns and/or pharmacy businesses are noted below.

StateProfessionsUpcoming Expiration Date
AlabamaPharmacist and TechnicianDecember 31
ArizonaPharmacist, Technician, Intern, and Pharmacy BusinessDecember 31
ConnecticutPharmacist and TechnicianDecember 31
IowaPharmacist and TechnicianNovember 17
IdahoPharmacist, Technician, Intern, and Pharmacy BusinessDecember 31
Louisiana COVID-19Pharmacist, Technician, Intern, and Pharmacy BusinessDecember 31
Louisiana - Hurricane LauraPharmacist and TechnicianOctober 31
MassachusettsPharmacist and TechnicianDecember 31
North CarolinaPharmacist and TechnicianDecember 31
OregonPharmacist and TechnicianDecember 31
South DakotaPharmacist, Technician, Intern, and Pharmacy BusinessDecember 31
TexasPharmacist and TechnicianDecember 31
VirginiaPharmacist and TechnicianDecember 31
West VirginiaPharmacist, Technician, and InternDecember 31


As participating states enter into the various phases of recovery, and either rescind or extend applicable orders or rules, we will automatically update the expiration date of your relevant Passport in the NABP e-Profile (the pdf version of the Passport will not be updated). You may check the current status and expiration date of your NABP Passports by logging into your e-Profile.

All states where NABP Passports have expired are listed below.

StateProfessionsExpiration Date
District of ColumbiaPharmacist, Technician, and InternOctober 9
IllinoisPharmacist and TechnicianMay 13
KentuckyPharmacistJune 30
KentuckyTechnician and InternMay 21
North DakotaPharmacist and TechnicianApril 17
TennesseePharmacist and TechnicianJune 30
UtahPharmacist and TechnicianJune 18