Temporary or emergency licensure can be facilitated via the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Passport for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The Passport is a temporary authorization that facilitates pharmacists and pharmacy technicians 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. Boards of Pharmacy can leverage the NABP passport in 2 ways:
  1. Recognize NABP Passport as a designation for temporary practice.
  2. Require NABP Passport as a pre-requisite for temporary or emergency licensure.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians face the prospect of seeking multiple non-resident temporary licenses as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response. NABP Passport provides centralized submission and tracking of emergency license requests. It also reduces the burden on individuals who will be relied upon to ensure continuity of patient care and increased access to medications.

The states that recognize the NABP Passport are:
  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

For more details on the NABP passport, click here.

SOURCE: National Healthcareer Association