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State Licensure Factsheet: State-by-State Information

State Licensure Factsheet: State-by-State Information

In the United States, boards of nursing are the administrative bodies responsible for the regulation of nursing in each state and territory. These government agencies administer the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX – RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX – PN), and issue licenses based on which prospective nurses passed those examinations. Fours states: California, Georgia, Louisiana, and West Virginia, have two separate boards of nursing, one for registered nurses and another for license practical/vocational nurses. Boards of nursing are also charged with verifying current license holders to third parties, renewing licenses, and approving nursing education programs in their state. Many boards now provide these services online. Below is a list of all of the state boards, including information regarding the online services they offer.

Alabama Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Alaska Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: No


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American Samoa

  • Website: none
  • Phone: 684.633.1222

Arizona State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: No

California Board of Registered Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: No

California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Colorado Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Connecticut Practitioner Licensing and Investigations Section

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Delaware Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

District of Columbia Health Professional Licensing Administration

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Florida Department of Public Health

  • Applications available for download: Yes (online application system)
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Georgia Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Guam Board of Nurse Examiners

  • Website: none
  • Phone: 671.735.7406

Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing Division

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: Yes (deadline specific)
  • Online license verification: Yes

Idaho Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Illinois Division of Professional Regulation

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes (deadline specific)
  • Online license verification: No

Indiana State Board of Nursing Professional Licensing Agency

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Iowa Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes (online application system)
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Kansas State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Kentucky Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners

  • Applications available for download: No
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: No

Louisiana State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Maine State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Maryland Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: No
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Massachusetts Division of Health Profession Licensure

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Michigan Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Minnesota Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes (online application system)
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Mississippi Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Missouri Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Montana Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Nebraska Regulation and Licensure, Nursing and Nursing Support

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes (deadline specific)
  • Online license verification: Yes

Nevada State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: No
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

New Hampshire Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

New Jersey Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

New Mexico Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

New York State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

North Carolina Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

North Dakota Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes (deadline specific)
  • Online license verification: Yes

Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Board of Nurse Examiners

  • Website: none
  • Phone: 670.664.4812

Ohio Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Oklahoma Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Oregon State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

South Carolina State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

South Dakota Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Tennessee State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Texas Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Utah State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: Yes
  • Online license verification: Yes

Vermont State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: No

Virginia Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: No
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: No

Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

Wyoming State Board of Nursing

  • Applications available for download: Yes
  • List of state approved nursing programs: Yes
  • Online license renewals: No
  • Online license verification: Yes

(Source: National Council of State Boards of Nursing)


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