EMSA Authorization of Out-Of-State Medical Personnel

The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has adopted policies and procedures governing the use of out-of-state medical personnel to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak pursuant to the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation on March 4, 2020. Pursuant to Executive Order N-11-22, the EMSA Out of State medical personnel authorization approval has been extended through the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) recommends out-of-state EMSA Nurses to still apply for licensure by endorsement in order to continue practicing in California upon notice of the out of state medical personnel authorization approval ending. Complete endorsement applications are processed in the order they are received; however once submitted to BRN, EMSA Nurses can immediately apply for a Temporary License that is valid for six months, allowing nurses to practice in California while their endorsement application is being processed.

For Healthcare providers and employers in California: if you have employed nurses through the EMSA provisions, your staff must be licensed in California if they are to continue working once EMSA provisions end. The BRN is urging all providers and employers to notify their EMSA nurses of this information and encourage them to apply for licensure by endorsement with the BRN upon notice of EMSA provisions ending.

Please share this information along with the BRN’s Processing Times for both Endorsement and Temporary License Applications.