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COVID-19 Information

Application for Reactivation/Reinstatement during COVID-19 Emergency

March 31, 2020 - Updated January 7, 2021

The Board of Medicine has made accommodations to the licensing process during the COVID-19 emergency.  For those who held an unencumbered license within the last 4 years, the fees and continuing education requirements will be waived. Here is the link to the required application.

Out of State Licensure Exception for Practitioners Assisting in Hospitals, Licensed Nursing Facilities and Dialysis Facilities:

March 20, 2020 - Updated June 11, 2020

During the state of emergency declared in Amended Executive Order 51, a license issued to a health care practitioner by another state, and in good standing with such state, shall be deemed to be an active license issued by the Commonwealth to provide health care or professional services as a health care practitioner of the same type for which such license is issued in another state, provided such health care practitioner is engaged by a hospital, or an affiliate of such hospital where both share the same corporate parent, licensed nursing facility, or dialysis facility in the Commonwealth for the purpose of assisting that facility with public health and medical disaster response operations. Hospitals, licensed nursing facilities, and dialysis facilities must submit to the applicable licensing authority each out-of-state health care practitioner’s name, license type, state of license, and license identification number within a reasonable time of such healthcare practitioner providing services at the applicable health care facility in the Commonwealth. Health care practitioners with active licenses issued by other states who notified the applicable licensing authority under this Executive Order and were engaged by a physician’s office or other health care facility that is not a hospital, nursing facility, or dialysis facility may continue to practice in the Commonwealth for an additional 30 days from the date of this Order and may apply for licensure in the Commonwealth in order to continue providing services to patients located in Virginia.

The full text of EO-57, EO-51 and EO-42 can be viewed here.

HIPAA Information

March 19, 2020

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services is relaxing its enforcement of HIPAA regulations governing telehealth during the COVID-19 National Emergency. Please read the notice at this link.

Because this is a federal announcement, we are not in a position to answer questions or offer clarification on this issue.

COVID-19 - Licensure accommodations

Updated June 10, 2020

COVID-19 - Expedited Licensure

During the declared coronavirus emergency in Virginia, the board of medicine is streamlining its licensing process for the following professions: medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, physician assistant, podiatry, and respiratory therapy. The following are not required in the application process:

In addition, the Board already has an expedited licensure by endorsement process for medicine and osteopathy applicants who:

Reinstatement and Reactivation

Temporary waiver to reinstate or reactivate a license for a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine, a physician assistant, or a respiratory therapist - Issued March 23, 2020, Second Amendment September 8, 2020.

During the period in which the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency is in effect, the Board of Medicine will waive the regulations relating to fees and continuing education for reinstatement or reactivation of licensure for doctors of medicine, osteopathic medicine, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists who held an unencumbered, active license within the past four years.* 

Please submit an email to or call 804-367-4600 (Option 2) to request reinstatement/reactivation.

*All applicants are reminded to check with their malpractice carriers on the status of liability coverage, when opting to return to active practice.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Published on Feb 28, 2020

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). VDH has information on the Coronavirus Disease for both healthcare professionals and the general public which is updated regularly, as new information becomes available. Read more here.