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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 fees. The application fee is $105.00 and the Criminal Background Check fee is $32.00. The total due is $137.00. The fees are non-refundable. You can print the application form from the Board's website or access the online licensure by endorsement application.

  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. Watch for the Criminal Background Check program office to send you a fingerprint packet by email. Follow the instructions and submit your fingerprints as soon as possible.

  5. 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. The permit is valid until board action on your application or for 60 days, whichever comes first. 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 Montana
American Samoa Nebraska
Arizona Nevada
Arkansas New Hampshire
Colorado New Jersey
Connecticut New Mexico
Delaware New York
District of Columbia (DC) North Carolina
Florida North Dakota
Georgia Northern Mariana Islands (MP)
Guam Ohio
Idaho Oregon
Illinois Rhode Island
Indiana South Carolina
Iowa South Dakota
Kansas Tennessee
Kentucky                 Texas
Louisiana (RN) Utah
Maine Vermont
Maryland Virgin Islands
Massachusetts Virginia
Michigan Washington
Minnesota West Virginia - PN
Mississippi West Virginia - RN
Missouri Wisconsin

Wyoming



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

  • 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.

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