Governor Ducey Ended COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency 

Apr 04, 2022

Effective March 30, 2022, the Arizona Governor’s office ended the state’s COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency. The emergency declaration in part allowed healthcare licensing boards to issue emergency licenses to practice during the pandemic for eligible populations. Because of the ending of the emergency declaration, we will no longer be accepting emergency waiver licenses nor limited licenses for vaccinators.

*All limited licenses for ‌vaccinators expired effective March 30, 2022.

*Emergency nurse waivers which were active between March 1, 2022 and the termination of the emergency declaration on March 30, 2022 do not expire until January 3, 2023. Eligible nurses can continue to practice on the waiver license through that date.

A nurse’s waiver or license status can be verified using the QuickConfirm option at Nursys.com, Arizona’s primary source of verification for RN, LPN, and APRN credential status.

If a nurse who holds a temporary emergency waiver license by endorsement is within the population eligible for the extension and plans to continue to practice in Arizona beyond January 3, 2023, they must apply for permanent licensure by endorsement by October 15, 2022.

If a nurse who holds an emergency waiver license issued upon a previously expired or inactive permanent Arizona RN or LPN license is within the population eligible for the extension and plans to continue to practice in Arizona beyond January 3, 2023, they must apply for and meet renewal requirements for permanent licensure.

For information regarding the endorsement or renewal application processes, please visit our Apply for a License page. Applications can be viewed, completed and submitted via the AZBN Nurse Portal.