Travel Nurse State Licensure Application Process

For first time and for experienced nurse travelers, the process of applying for your nurse license in another state is made easier with the help of our Go Healthcare Staffing Credentialing team.

We guide you through the process including how to complete the application, share useful information on walk through states and average time frames based on our experience working with the various Boards.

Each state has a Board of Nursing (BON) that is responsible for regulating the nursing practice in it’s respective state.  The BON has been established to protect the public and ensure the safe practice of nursing.  For more information, please visit the National Council of State Board of Nursing.

For your convenience, Go Healthcare Staffing has compiled the list of BON websites and one-click access to the online application, phone, fax numbers and websites of each of the fifty Board of Nursing websites.

Alabama

Website: http://www.abn.state.al.us/

Phone: 800.656.5318 Fax: 334.242.4360

Time frame for Temporary License: 14 Days | For Permanent: 2-3 Weeks

Alaska

Website: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/pnur.htm

Phone: 907.269.8161 Fax: 907.269.8196

Time frame for Temporary License: 10-15 Days| For Permanent: 6-8 Weeks

Arizona (Compact State)

Website: http://www.azbn.gov/

Phone: 602.771.7800 Fax: 602.771.7888

Time frame for Temporary License: Walk-Thru-48 Hours or 1-2 weeks by mail | For Permanent: 8-12 Weeks

Arkansas (Compact State)

Website: http://www.arsbn.org/

Phone: 501.682.2700 Fax: 501.686.2714

Time Frame for Temporary: 6 Days | For Permanent: 10 weeks, must complete background check

California

Website: http://www.rn.ca.gov/

Phone: 916.322.3350 Fax: 916.574.7697

Time Frame for Temporary: 4-6 wks by mail  | For Permanent: 4-5 Months

Colorado (Compact State)

Website: http://www.dora.state.co.us/NURSING/

Phone: 303.894.2430 Fax: 303.894.2821

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 1-2 Weeks (Perm) 3-4 Weeks

Connecticut

Website: http://www.ct.gov/

Phone: 860.509.7603 Fax: 860.509.8457

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 5-15 Days (Perm) 2-3 weeks

Delaware (Compact)

Website: http://www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing

Phone: 302.744.4500 Fax: 302.739.2711

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 4-6 weeks (Perm) 6-8 weeks

District of Columbia

Website: http://www.hpla.doh.dc.gov

Phone: 202.724.4900

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 5-10 days  (Perm) 3 Weeks Upon Receipt of all Docs

Florida

Website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/nur_applicant.html

Phone: 850.245.4125 Fax: 850.245.4172

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 30 Days

Georgia

Website: http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/rn/

Phone: 478.207.2440 Fax: 877.588.0446

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 15-30 days (Perm) 15-30 Days Upon Receipt of Verifications

Hawaii

Website: http://hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/pvl/boards/nursing/

Phone: 808.586.3000

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Walk Through (Perm) 20-30 Days Upon Receipt of Verifications

Idaho (Compact)

Website: http://www2.state.id.us/ibn/index.htm

Phone: 208.334.3110 Fax: 208.334.3262

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day If Walk Through – 2 days if by mail – (Perm) 2-6 Weeks

Illinois

Website: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/WHO/nurs.asp

Phone: 217.785.0800 Fax: 217.782.7645

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 14 business days upon receipt of all docs (Perm) 6-8 Weeks

Indiana

Website: http://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm

Phone: 317.234.2043 Fax: 317.233.42

Time Frame for Temporary:Temp) 3-4 weeks (Perm) 6-8 Weeks-Depends Upon Receipt of all Docs

Iowa (Compact)

Website: http://www.state.ia.us/nursing/

Phone: 515.281.3255 Fax: 515.281.4825

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 1-2 weeks Upon receipt of docs (Perm) 3-5 weeks Upon Receipt of All Completed Docs

Kansas

Website: http://www.ksbn.org/

Phone: 785.296.4929 Fax: 785.296.3929

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-10 days Upon Receipt of Application (Perm) 20-30 days Upon Receipt of Verifications

Kentucky (Compact)

Website: http://www.kbn.ky.gov/

Phone: 502.429.3300 Fax: 502.429.3311

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 10-14 Business Days (Perm) 4-6 Weeks

Louisiana

Website: http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/services/welcome.asp

Phone: 225.755.7500 Fax: 225.755.7584

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day if Walk Through – 10 Bus. Days by mail – (Perm) 4-6 Weeks

Maine (Compact) (Paperless)

Website: http://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/

Phone: 207.287.1133 Fax: 207.287.1149

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-14 Days (Perm) 4-6 Weeks Upon Receipt of Verifications

Maryland (Compact) (Paperless)

Website: http://www.mbon.org/main.php

Phone: 410.585.1900 Fax: 410.358.3530

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day If Walk Through – 2 wks via mail – (Perm) 4-6 Weeks

Massachusetts

Website: http://www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn

Phone: 617.973.0900 Fax: 617.973.0984

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 4-6 Weeks Upon Receipt of All Docs

Michigan

Website: http://www.michigan.gov/healthlicense

Phone: 517.335.0918 Fax: 517.373.2179

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 3-6 weeks (Perm) 6-8 weeks

Minnesota

Website: http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/home.do?agency=NursingBoard

Phone: 612.617.2270 Fax: 612.617.2190

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 3-4 days (Perm) 2-3 weeks, Varies – Depends Upon Receipt of Verifications

Mississippi (Compact)

Website: http://www.msbn.state.ms.us/newliceapps.htm

Phone: 601.664.9309 Fax: 601.664.9304

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 5-7 days upon receipt of all docs (Perm) 2-3 Weeks

Missouri (Compact)

Website: http://www.pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp

Phone: 573.751.0681 Fax: 573.751.0075

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day If Walk Through (Perm) 3-6 weeks Upon Receipt of All Docs Completed

Montana (Compact)

Website: http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/nur_board/board_page.asp

Phone: 406.841.2340 Fax: 406.841.2305

Time Frame for Temporary:(Time Frame for Temporary:Temp) No temp (Perm) 10-20 Days Upon Receipt of All Docs

Nebraska (Compact)

Website: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_nursing_rn-lpn_endorsement.aspx

Phone: 402.471.4376 Fax: 402.471.1066

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) – 5-10 days (Perm) Varies from 5-6 weeks – Upon Receipt of all Docs

Nevada

Website: http://www.nursingboard.state.nv.us/

Phone: 702.486.5800 Fax: 702.486.5803

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-10 days (Perm) 2-4 months

New Hampshire (Compact) (Paperless)

Website: http://www.nh.gov/nursing/

Phone: 603.271.2323 Fax: 603.271-6605

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No temp  (Perm) 3-7 weeks (dependent on when back check clears)

New Jersey

Website: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/medical/nursing.htm

Phone: 973.504.6430

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 4-6 Weeks

New Mexico (Compact)

Website: http://www.bon.state.nm.us/

Phone: 505.841.8340 Fax: 505.841.8347

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 2-3 Weeks (Perm) 6-8 Weeks Upon Receipt of All Documents

New York

Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse

Phone: 518.474.3817 Fax: 518.474.3398

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 4-5 Weeks Upon Receipt of All documents

North Carolina (Compact) (Paperless)

Website: http://www.ncbon.com/

Phone: 919.782.3211 Fax: 919.781.9461

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 3-6 days Upon Receipt of Application (Perm) 6-8 Weeks

North Dakota (Compact)

Website: http://www.ndbon.org/

Phone: 701.328.9777 Fax: 701.328.9785

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 2-3 Weeks (Perm) 4-8 Weeks

Ohio

Website: http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/

Phone: 614.466.3947 Fax: 614.466.0388

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 4-6 weeks (Perm) 4-8 Weeks

Oklahoma

Website: http://www.ok.gov/nursing/

Phone: 405.962.1800 Fax: 405.962.1821

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 14-15 Business Days (Perm) 2-3weeks  Upon Receipt of All Docs

Oregon

Website: http://www.osbn.state.or.us/OSBN/index.shtml

Phone: 971.673.0685 Fax: 971.673.0684

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 4-6 weeks Upon Receipt of Verifications

Pennsylvania

Website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_board_of_nursing/12515

Phone: 717.783.7142 Fax: 717.783.0822

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-14 business days upon receipt of docs (Perm) 6-8 Weeks upon receipt of Docs

Rhode Island (Compact)

Website: http://www.health.ri.gov/hsr/professions/nurses.php

Phone: 401.222.5700 Fax: 401.222.3352

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 2-3 wks via mail – (Perm) 4-8 Weeks

South Carolina

Website: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing/

Phone: 803.896.4550 Fax: 803.896.4512

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day If Walk Through (Perm) 10-14 days

South Dakota (Compact)

Website: http://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/

Phone: 605.362.2760 Fax: 605.362.2768

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7 days (Perm) 3-6 Weeks

Tennessee (Compact)

Website: http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/Nursing/index.htm

Phone: 615.741.8402 Fax: 615.741.7899

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No temp (Perm) 4-6 Weeks

Texas (Compact)

Website: http://www.bne.state.tx.us/

Phone: 512.305.7400 Fax: 512.305.7401

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 10-15 Business Days (Perm) 4-6 weeks Upon Receipt of Verifications

Utah (Compact)

Website: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/nursing.html

Phone: 801.530.6628 Fax: 801.530.6511

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 2-3 weeks Upon Receipt of All Docs

Vermont

Website: http://vtprofessionals.org/opr1/nurses/

Phone: 802.828.2396

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day If Walk Through (Perm) 3-4 Weeks- Dependent Upon Receipt of Verifications

Virginia (Compact)

Website: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/

Phone: 804.367.4515 Fax: 804.527.4455

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-10Days (Perm) 2-6 Weeks – Dependent Upon Receipt of Verifications

Washington

Website: http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professions/Nursing/default.htm

Phone: 360.236.4700 Fax: 360.236.4818

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 4-6 Weeks

West Virginia

Website: http://www.wvrnboard.com/

Phone: 304.558.3596 Fax: 304.558.3666

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 3-5 Business Days (Perm) 7-10 Days Upon Receipt of all Docs

Wisconsin (Compact)

Website: http://drl.wi.gov/profession.asp?profid=46&locid=0

Phone: 608.266.2112

Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 10-12 days (Perm) 5-6 Weeks

Wyoming

Website: http://nursing.state.wy.us/

Phone: 307.777.7601 Fax: 307.777.3519

Time Frame for Temporary: 7-10 Bus Days.  Must Apply for Perm also – (Perm) 1-2 months Upon Receipt of Verifications

Virgin Islands

Website: http://www.vibnl.org/

Phone: 340.776.7397 Fax: 340.777.4003

(Time Frame for Temporary: State does not issue temporary license | For Permanent:  3-5 Days Upon Receipt of all Docs