Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information - Occupational and Professional Licensing
(This page will be updated when new information becomes available. Please check back frequently.)
June 3, 2020: Governor Hogan announced further guidance as part of his plan to reopen the state. As a result, more businesses and service providers were able to resume operations at 5 p.m. Friday, June 5 under new guidelines designed to promote safety and continued social distancing. Read the governor’s executive order online.
May 13, 2020: Governor Hogan announced the replacement of Maryland’s stay-at-home order with a safer-at-home alternative as part of the first phase of reopening the state. Retail businesses, manufacturing, barbershops and hair salons, and certain other businesses may resume operations as of 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 15 under guidelines designed to promote safety and continued social distancing. Read the governor’s executive order for a complete list of businesses that may reopen along with the corresponding safety guidelines.
It is important to note that the state has given local jurisdictions the authority to enter phase one of reopening at their own pace. Check the website of your local jurisdiction to obtain up-to-date information.
April 20, 2020: The Governor's Office of Legal Counsel has released interpretive guidance allowing certain essential personnel to obtain professional grooming services as required by their job profiles. Although shops must remain closed to the public, first responders, military personnel and others may obtain one-on-one services by appointment only.
The Governor's Office of Legal Counsel has released additional guidance on businesses that are considered essential services and may remain open. The list is considered non-exhaustive and subject to change.
Federal guidelines on critical infrastructure sectors can be found on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s CISA website.
March 20, 2020: PSI Examination Services has closed all PSI-owned and operated test centers due to COVID-19. Please see PSI’s notification message to exam candidates including directions on rescheduling exams and updated closure information.
March 16, 2020: The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing’s offices close to the public. All units are monitoring e-mails and phone calls from their home offices. E-mail correspondence is preferable to phone calls at this time. If you cannot find the e-mail address that pertains to your particular license, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and your e-mail will be routed to the appropriate person.
March 12, 2020: Governor Larry Hogan issues an Executive Order extending all license expiration dates.
Other helpful resources
- Information about the Hogan administration's ongoing and evolving response to COVID-19.
- Maryland Attorney General has issued a warning to consumers about COVID-19 scams.
- For state health resources and information, see the Maryland Department of Health's website.
- For federal public health guidance, see the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 preparation and protection guidelines; and for global public health advice, see the World Health Organization COVID-19 advice for the public.