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Emergency License Availability — End Date Announced

On March 15, 2023, Governor Healey announced that the state's COVID-19 public health emergency will end on May 11, 2023, to align with the end of the federal public health emergency. As a result, the Department's ability to grant Emergency licenses will end on November 7, 2023, since the authority indicated that Emergency licenses could be issued up to 180 days from the end of the state of emergency.

This means that qualifying applicants will be able to apply for their first Emergency license or an additional Emergency license up until November 7th. In addition, all supporting documents need to be submitted and reviewed by the Licensure Office as the Department is not authorized to issue any additional Emergency licenses as of November 8, 2023.

Please note that this does not impact Emergency Extensions. An educator that obtains an Emergency license prior to November 8th will have an opportunity to extend their Emergency license.

Additional reminders and updates from the Licensure Office will be posted as the deadline nears. For questions, please contact the Licensure Call Center at 781-338-6600, the Call Center is open each business day from 9–1 and 2–5.

Last Updated: May 5, 2023

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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