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Licensure by Endorsement

If you have been licensed in another U.S. state or territory by examination, you must obtain a Minnesota license through the process of licensure by endorsement. You can download the forms you need to submit at the bottom of the page by clicking on the title of the form. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and print the forms.)

You should:

  1. Submit a Licensure by Endorsement Application form and fee.

  2. Submit at least one Verification of Licensure form

    a.  submit verification from the state, territory or province in which you were first licensed and 

    b.  submit verification from the state, territory or province that issued the license you are currently using
         to practice nursing. If the state in which you were first licensed is the same as the state in which you
         are currently practicing, you will submit one verification. If the state in which you were first licensed
         is different than the state in which you are currently practicing, you will submit two verifications.

    Verifications of licensure are completed online at www.nursys.com if the state processes their verifications through Nursys.com or by paper if they do not process their verifications through Nursys.com. The list of Nursys verifying states is available in the Licensure by Endorsement packet. The paper verification form is also available in the Licensure by Endorsement packet.

  3. Submit a Confirmation of Nursing Employment for Licensure by Endorsement form.

  4. Anticipate receiving a letter from the Board if you need to report continuing education or take a refresher course. Continuing education requirements vary according to date of most recent licensure and nursing practice. If you have not engaged in acceptable nursing practice for more than 5 years, you must successfully complete a refresher course that meets board criteria. 

Before you are licensed in Minnesota, you may practice nursing in Minnesota under a temporary permit. Request the permit on the application form. For those educated in a foreign country you must also submit evidence of having passed the NCLEX examination.

 

1. Licensure by Endorsement Application 

  You must submit an:

  • Application for Registered Nurse Licensure By Endorsement form OR

  • Application for Practical Nurse Licensure By Endorsement form

2. Verification of Licensure

  • Initial Licensure: You must submit verification from the state, territory or province in which you were first licensed. Go to www.nursys.com to process an online verification request if you were first licensed in one of the following states:

Alaska Nevada
American Samoa New Hampshire
Arizona New Jersey
Arkansas New Mexico
Colorado New York
Delaware North Carolina
District of Columbia (DC) North Dakota
Florida Northern Mariana Islands (MP)
Guam Ohio
Idaho Oregon
Indiana Rhode Island
Iowa South Carolina
Kentucky South Dakota
Louisiana (RN) Tennessee
Maine Texas
Maryland Utah
Massachusetts Vermont
Michigan Virgin Islands
Minnesota Virginia
Mississippi Washington
Missouri West Virginia
Montana Wisconsin
Nebraska Wyoming


  • Or , you must submit a paper Verification of Licensure form if you were first licensed in a state, territory, or province that is not one of the states listed above.


  • Current Practice State Licensure: You must submit verification from the state, territory or province that issued the license you are currently using to practice nursing if that is different than your state of initial licensure. Go to www.nursys.com to process an online verification request if your current practice state is in:

Alaska Nevada
American Samoa New Hampshire
Arizona New Jersey
Arkansas New Mexico
Colorado New York
Delaware North Carolina
District of Columbia (DC) North Dakota
Florida Northern Mariana Islands (MP)
Guam Ohio
Idaho Oregon
Indiana Rhode Island
Iowa South Carolina
Kentucky South Dakota
Louisiana (RN) Tennessee
Maine Texas
Maryland Utah
Massachusetts Vermont
Michigan Virgin Islands
Minnesota Virginia
Mississippi Washington
Missouri West Virginia
Montana Wisconsin
Nebraska Wyoming

 


  • Or, you must submit a paper Verification of Licensure form, if the state is not one of the states listed above.

3. Confirmation of Nursing Employment Form

 

Forms

If you are unable to determine which form(s) best fit your situation, contact the Board for assistance.