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Licensure by Endorsement

RN/LPN licensure by Endorsement means that you have graduated from an approved
nursing program, taken the NCLEX or state board test pool exam, and have been
granted an RN/LPN license by another state. If you wish to apply for licensure in
Arizona, you will need to complete the RN/LPN Endorsement application.

Questions About the Application Process


Many questions about the application process can be answered by visiting the RN /
LPN Licensure by Endorsement FAQs.
To check the status of a pending application, please log in to your Nurse
Portal account. Once an application has been issued, you can verify the issuance of
the credential by visiting Nursys, click on the QuickConfirm option and perform a
search by name.

Important
 Nurses previously licensed in Arizona must reapply b y renewal, not by
endorsement.
 Arizona is part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) and no longer
part of the Original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).
 A list of states participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact is
available at https://www.ncsbn.org/enhanced -nlc-implementation.htm.
 An applicant for licensure as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse
who meets certain requirements is eligible for multistate licen sure. Once the
Board grants the multistate license, the nurse can then engage in nursing
practice in any of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact states without having
to obtain additional licenses.Your application will be reviewed to determine if
you meet the criteria for issuance of a multistate license. If you do not meet the
criteria for a multistate license but you do meet the criteria for a single state
license, a single state license will be issued to you.
 Requirements for Multistate Licensure:
1. Meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Arizona
2. Has graduated from a board-approved education program or has
graduated from an international education program (approved by the
authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an
independent credential review agency
3. Has passed an English proficiency examination (applies to graduates of
an international education program not taught in English or if English is
not the individual's native language
4. Has passed the NCLEX or predecessor exam
5. Is eligible for or holes an active unencumbered license (i.e., without
active discipline)
6. Has submitted fingerprints for state and federal background checks
7. Has no state or federal felony convictions
8. Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the pract ice of nursing
9. Is not currently a participant in an alternative program
10. Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program
11. Has a valid United States social security number

Requirements
 U.S. EDUCATED APPLICANTS:
To be eligible for licensure you must:
1. Have a passing score on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX)
or the State Board Test Pool Exam (SBTPE).
2. Have previous or current license in another state or territory.
3. Have met one of the following practice requirements:
 Practiced as a nurse for 960 hours or more in the past 5 years OR
 Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within
past 5 years OR
 Completed an Arizona Board approved refresher course in the
past 5 years OR
 Obtained an advanced nursing degree in the past 5 years (i.e. LPN
to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or doctorate).
4. RN applicants hold a Diploma, Associate Degree or Baccalaureate
Degree in Nursing from an approved program or LPN applicants hold a
Diploma or Certificate from an approved program. View the R N / LPN
Exceptions section below for a list of exceptions.
5. Have Board approval for applicants under investigation.
 APPLICANTS EDUCATED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, INCLUDING CANADA AND
PUERTO RICO
Visit the Foreign Educated Requirements section below for application
requirements.

Items to Complete for Licensure


 SUBMIT AN ONLINE APPLICATION WITH FEES
 VERIFICATION OF YOUR ORIGINAL STATE OF LICENSURE
o Go to nursys.com and submit a request for verification.
o If you are unable to re quest verification at nursys.com, then see the
Verification of Your Original State of Licensure section below.
 CITIZENSHIP/LAWFUL PRESENCE DOCUMENTATION
o All applicants must upload a copy of documentation regarding citizenship
/ nationality / alien status. A copy of the document must be submitted on
an 8½ x 11 sheet of plain white paper and submitted with the application
For a list of acceptable documents visit the Citizenship and Alien
Status page.
 FINGERPRINTS
o You are required to submit a full set of fingerprints, for the purpose of
obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks.
o You are only exempt from this requiremen t if you have submitted a
fingerprint card to the Arizona State Board of Nursing within the
previous two years.
o A copy of a clearance card issued by DPS is not a substitute.
o A fingerprint card will NOT be issued from the Arizona State Board of
Nursing. A fingerprint card can be obtained from any local facility that
offers fingerprinting services.
o Please remember to submit your fingerprint card as soon as possible to
expedite the process.
o A permanent license will not be issued until fingerprint results are
received.
o Results can take up to 6-8 weeks to receive.

Temporary License or Temporary for Refresher Course


Only
Applicants are eligible for a temporary license if they:

1. Provide a minimum of 960 practice hours and/or six months of nursing


employment
2. Meet educational requirements
3. Have a passing score on the NLCEX or SBTPE
4. Do not have a criminal history, a history or disciplinary action by a regulatory
agency, a pending complaint before the Board, or affirmative answers to any
criminal background or disciplinary question in the application
5. Does not have any disciplinary eligibility questions for review
6. Submission of lawful presence or citizenship in the United States with a
government issued photo identification
7. Submission of a fingerprint card
8. Request for a temporary license
9. Submission of temporary license fee
10. Armed Forces Nurses – Have Final Grade Report/Sheet sent directly to the
Board of Nursing.

Applicants applying for a temporary license “for refresher course only”, due to not
meeting practice hour requirements, must provide documentation that you have
enrolled in an Arizona Board approved refresher course.
Note: Applications for temporary licenses are processed in the order they are
received. If you qualify for a temporary license, allow 30 days for processing. The
temporary license will be mailed to the address on your application. A temporary
license can be held at the Board for pick up if you submit a written request with your
application.
Applicants holding a current multistate license from an other compact state should not
request a temporary license, but can use their compact state license for up to 90 days
until an Arizona permanent license is issued.

Verification of Your Original State of Licensure


If your original (first) state of licensure was in one of the following states/territories, go
to nursys.com and submit a request for verification.
Alaska (AK)
American Samoa (AS)
Arizona (AZ)
Arkansas (AR)
Colorado (CO)
Connecticut (CT)
Delaware (DE)
District of Columbia (DC)
Florida (FL)
Georgia
Delaware (DE)
District of Columbia (DC)
Florida (FL)
Georgia
Guam (GU)
Idaho (ID)
Illinois (IL)
Indiana (IN)
Iowa (IA)
Kansas
Kentucky (KY)
Louisiana (LA)
Maine (ME)
Maryland (MD)
Massachusetts (MA)
Michigan (MI)- Temp Unavail.
Minnesota (MN)
Mississippi {MS)
Missouri (MO)
Montana (MT)
Nebraska (NE)
Nevada (NV)
New Hampshire (NH)
New Jersey (NJ)
New Mexico (NM)
New York (NY)
North Carolina (NC)
North Dakota (ND)
North Mariana Islands (MP)
Ohio (OH)
Oklahoma
Oregon (OR)
Rhode Island (RI)
South Carolina (SC)
South Dakota (SD)
Tennessee (TN)
Texas (TX)
Utah (UT)
Vermont (VT)
Virgin Islands (VI)
Virginia (VA)
Washington (W A)
West Virginia (W V)
Wisconsin (W I)
Wyoming (W Y)
If your original state of license was in a state/territory other than those listed above,
complete the Verification Form and mail (not faxed or emailed) to the state/territory of
your original license. Most states / territories require a fee for verification of licensure.
Please check with your original state to find out what the appropriate fee is is BEFORE
sending the verification form. For a list of addresses of state boards, see the last page
of the Verification Form. It is your responsibility to request that your original state
sends the Arizona State Board of Nursing the verification. A permanent license will not
be issued without receipt of the verification form.

Additional Information
Application Fees and Payment Methods
All fees are in US Dollars and are non -refundable

 Application Fee: $150.00


 Fingerprint Fee: $ 50.00
 Temporary License Fee: $ 50.00 (Optional)
 Credit/Debit Card - Can only be processed online. Card information that is mailed
to the Board will not be processed.
Felony Convictions
The Board shall revoke a nursing licens e or multistate privileges or deny licensure if
the applicant has one or more felony convictions that have not previously been
disclosed to the Board and has not received an absolute discharge from the sentences
for all felony convictions 3 or more years p rior to the date of filing an application. If
this law pertains to you, your application will be processed, and proceedings for
revocation of your Arizona license or multistate privileges in Arizona or denial of your
application shall be instituted by the Board.

Reporting of Criminal Charges


Applicants for licensure / certification must notify the Arizona State Board of Nursing
of criminal charges within 10 days of being charged.

Undesignated Offense
For purposes of the Nursing Board's felony bar statutes, A.R.S Sections 32-
1606(B)(17) and1646(B), the commission of any felony offense on or after July 23.
2010, which results in a conviction of an undesignated offense, shall be treated by the
Board as a felony "until such time as the court may actually enter an order designating
the offense a misdemeanor" pursuant to A.R.S. Section 13 -604(A).

Time Frames for Licensure


The Board is required to process applications for licensure within certain time periods,
per R4-19-102 in the Nurse Practice Act.

Deficiency Notice
When you submit an application, the Board will send you a deficiency notice identifying
any elements of the application process which remain outstanding. If you fail to
respond to a deficiency notice within the applicable time period, your application will
be withdrawn. After withdrawal, if you are still interested in obtaining licensure you
would need to submit a new application and applicable fee.