To qualify for practice as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse in Minnesota without a Minnesota nursing license, the nurse must:
Have a current nursing license in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.
Reside in the border state in which the nurse has a current license.
Not have current or past adverse action against the nursing license in the border state.
Not be participating in an alternative or diversion program for health professionals whose illness may impair their ability to practice safely or referred by the courts for participation in an alternative or diversion program.
Not have been refused a license to practice nursing in Minnesota or have current adverse action against a Minnesota nursing license that removed the nurses authority to practice.
Be employed by a hospital, clinic, prepaid medical plan, or other health care institution or organization located in Minnesota.
Meet the Border State Registry eligibility requirements listed above.
Report each Minnesota employment to the Minnesota Board of Nursing within 10 days of employment in Minnesota and include a copy of the current license from the border state.
Mail a completed Border State License Recognition Report of Employment form and fee to the Board office. The form is available on the Boards web site:
Go to mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/nursing/
Click on the Licensure tab
Click on the Border State Registry link
Click on Border State License Recognition Report of Employment link
Practice according to the laws and rules of Minnesota and be accountable to the regulatory
authority of the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
Determine the nurse is a resident of the border state in which the nurse has a current license.
Verify the nurse is on the registry initially and each time the license is renewed. Fax a completed Verification of Border State License Registry Status form to the Board; the form is available on the Boards website:
o Go to mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/nursing/
o Click on the Licensure tab
o Click on the Border State Registry link
o Click on Verification of Registry Status Request
o Fax the completed form to the Board office