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COVID-19 Update: Temporary emergency registration available

Mar 16, 2020

Updated March 24, 2020

Due to the volume of applications received, please do not apply for temporary registration unless you meet all the criteria. This will enable us to process applications for eligible individuals more efficiently.


At the request of the B.C government, we have made temporary emergency registration available to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic response. Please note: Practising registrants do NOT require temporary emergency registration.  

Temporary emergency registration will be granted to individuals who meet the criteria outlined below. All fees will be waived for individuals who apply for temporary emergency registration and applications will be prioritized for quick turnaround times.

Eligibility for temporary emergency registration

The following individuals are eligible for temporary emergency registration: 

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Current n​on-practising licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement


Former LPN, NP, RN​​ and RPN registrants who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement


LPNs, RNs and RPNs with current practicing registration in good standing in Canada


LPNs, NPs, RN​​s and RPNs in the Canadian armed forces

Current or recent practice is a requirement to ensure that applicants are able to practice safely and competently in the current and rapidly changing health care environment.

Please note: While nursing students are not eligible for temporary emergency registration, BCCNP will be taking steps to ensure that students are able to participate in pandemic response as required. Learn more.

How to apply

If you meet this criteria and would like to apply for temporary emergency registration, please download and save the emergency temporary registration form before completing it. You need to take this step because some browsers will not save your content. Email your completed form to



Questions about the temporary registration process can be sent to BCCNP Registration Services at For latest updates, visit our COVID-19 pandemic resource page. ​​