Temporary Emergency Physician Licenses

Due to the ongoing public health emergency and a shortage of critical care physicians in the state, the Board voted on Dec. 12, 2020, to offer temporary emergency licenses to qualified physicians.

Physicians wishing to provide medical care for patients in Alabama general acute care, critical access, or specialized hospitals suffering from and affected by Severe Adult Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus-2 (SARS-Co V-2) and the disease known as COVID-19 that meet certain criteria may apply for a Temporary Emergency Medical License.

A Temporary Emergency Medical License will expire 180 days after the effective date of the emergency rule or when Governor Ivey lifts the State of Emergency or whichever comes sooner.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must possess a full unrestricted medical license in another state, District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or a province of Canada.
  • Have graduated from an accredited medical school or a school listed in the International Medical Education Directory or its equivalent.
  • Successful completion of ACGME or AOA accredited graduate medical education.
  • Have taken and passed a written licensing examination (Examples: USMLE, FLEX, NBME, NBOME, or COMLEX).
  • No history of disciplinary action against your medical license, excluding any action related to the non-payment of fees related to a license.
  • No criminal history.
  • No suspension or revocation of controlled substances license, certificate, or permit.
  • Not currently under investigation.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, national, or lawfully present alien.
  • Written verification provided to the Board directly from the hospital administrator or chief of the medical staff of a general acute care hospital, a critical access hospital, or a specialized hospital licensed as such by the Alabama Department of Public Health showing that the applicant will provide care to patients suffering from and affected by SARS- CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19.

Applicants must request a letter of verification be sent from a general acute care, critical access, or specialized hospital directly to the Board via email.

Applicants must also complete the attached application in its entirety and submit as an attachment via email with a copy of a valid photo ID to Credentialing Department.

Download instructions and application