In 2014, the Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill 2351 (PDF), which authorizes healthcare providers licensed in another United States (U.S.) jurisdiction to practice in Washington State on a limited, volunteer basis even if they don't hold a Washington State credential. The law has very strict limitations on who can practice in Washington State. The provider must meet all of the following requirements:
- The volunteer healthcare professional's license must be for a profession substantially equivalent to a profession regulated by a disciplining authority listed in RCW 18.130.040.
- The volunteer healthcare professional must submit an attestation to the department at least 10 working days (not including Saturday, Sunday and Washington State holidays) in advance of volunteering in Washington State, including anticipated practice dates.
- If the person is volunteering as part of a sponsoring group, the group's name and contact information must be included.
- The healthcare professional must hold a current, active license from a U.S. jurisdiction. The license must currently not be subject to any disciplinary action or investigation for criminal or professional misconduct in any jurisdiction.
- The healthcare professional may perform only within the relevant professional scope of practice permitted under Washington State law, or U.S. jurisdiction of licensure, whichever is more restrictive.
- The healthcare professional may not have volunteered in Washington State for more than 30 days in the current calendar year.
- The volunteer healthcare professional may not charge for any time or services performed in Washington State, but a sponsoring organization may pay for travel expenses.
Note: We recommend printing a copy of your attestation and the confirmation page at the end of the survey for your records. Confirmation will not be sent separately. You must meet all the requirements to volunteer. If you don't meet all the above requirements and practice in Washington State, you may be charged with unlicensed practice under RCW 18.130.190. In addition to possible injunctions and civil fines, engaging in unlicensed practice in Washington State constitutes a gross misdemeanor for a first offense, and a Class C felony for repeat offenses (RCW 18.130.190(7)).
- More information is on our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
- Our Rural Health division may also have volunteering opportunities for the healthcare professional looking to provide services to low-income service facilities, with additional resources to assist you.
- See the License Requirements webpage or contact our Customer Service staff at 360-236-4700, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Take me to the online attestation form.