NABP Emergency Passport Program

The NABP Emergency Passport Program was created to provide critical licensure and board action/disciplinary screening to meet criteria set by our member boards of pharmacy as a means for states to grant temporary emergency licensure safely and efficiently for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacist interns in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, NABP has extended the operation of the Emergency Passport Program beyond the previously published date of December 31, 2020. Previously issued Emergency Passports will be reinstated automatically for participating states.

Authority to practice on a temporary or emergency basis is granted exclusively by the states and in accordance with state emergency orders or as otherwise determined by the board of pharmacy. NABP and the Emergency Passport Program does not grant authority to practice in a state in which you do not hold a license or registration. Please check the board of pharmacy website if you have questions about the validity period of your Emergency Passport(s).

Participation in the Emergency Passport Program is at the discretion of each board of pharmacy. If you wish to practice temporarily in state that does not accept the Emergency Passport, check with the state board of pharmacy to determine what options are available.

Boards of pharmacy can leverage NABP Emergency Passport for COVID-19 in two ways.

  1. Recognize NABP Emergency Passport as a designation that allows for temporary practice according to state emergency orders or as otherwise determined by the state board of pharmacy.
  2. Require NABP Emergency Passport as a pre-requisite for temporary or emergency licensure.

Criteria and Steps to Apply

Criteria for the NABP Emergency Passport:

Steps to Apply:

  1. After checking the board websites for pre-requisites or restrictions, submit state-specific requests for an NABP Emergency Passport through e-Profile.
    • To ensure efficient processing of your Emergency Passport request, your e-Profile must include all licenses/registrations you hold, and they must be up to date (valid expiration date, etc). Incomplete e-Profiles will result in a longer processing time.
  2. NABP will receive your request and conduct screening, including license verification and board action/disciplinary history, on behalf of the boards.
  3. If you meet the necessary requirements, you will be notified via email and the NABP Emergency Passport will be posted to your e-Profile.
  4. Some states may require Emergency Passport holders to complete an additional application prior to beginning temporary practice. (See the list of states below).

License verifications for the NABP Emergency Passport are conducted at no cost to the applicant or the boards of pharmacy.

When submitting your request, please remember

States that Recognize the NABP Emergency Passport

Authority to practice on a temporary or emergency basis is granted exclusively by the states and in accordance with state emergency orders or as otherwise determined by the board of pharmacy. Check the board of pharmacy website if you have questions about the validity period of your Emergency Passport.

StateProfessionsAdditional Application Required by State
ArizonaPharmacist, Technician, InternYes
ConnecticutPharmacist, Technician
IdahoPharmacist, Technician, Intern
IllinoisPharmacistYes
IowaPharmacist
MassachusettsPharmacist, TechnicianYes
South DakotaPharmacist, Technician, Intern
VirginiaPharmacist, Technician

States No Longer Participating

Below is a listing of states that no longer recognize the NABP Emergency Passport for the specified professions. 

StateProfessions
AlabamaPharmacist, Technician, Business
ArizonaBusiness
ConnecticutBusiness
District of ColumbiaPharmacist, Technician, Business
IdahoBusiness
IllinoisTechnician, Business
IowaTechnician, Business
KentuckyPharmacist, Technician, Intern, Business
LouisianaPharmacist, Technician, Intern, Business
MassachusettsBusiness
MarylandPharmacist, Technician
North CarolinaPharmacist, Technician
North DakotaPharmacist, Technician
OregonPharmacist, Technician, Business
South DakotaBusiness
TennesseePharmacist, Technician, Business
TexasPharmacist, Technician, Business
UtahPharmacist, Technician, Business
VirginiaBusiness
West VirginiaPharmacist, Technician, Intern, Business