North Carolina Board of Nursing


Licensure by Endorsement

Endorsement Requirements

To determine if you are eligible to endorse your nursing license to North Carolina you must show evidence of:

  • For Registered Nurses (RN), completion of a program of nursing education which was approved by the jurisdiction of original licensure. 
  • For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), completion of a program in practical nursing approved by the jurisdiction of original licensure; or course of study within a program shall be comparable to that required of practical nurse graduates in North Carolina 
  • Successful completion of NCLEX or SBTPE 
  • Self-certification of mental and physical health necessary to competently practice nursing 
  • Unencumbered license in all jurisdictions in which a license is or has ever been held, including any occupational licensing board 
  • Current license in a jurisdiction; if the license has been inactive or lapsed for five or more years, applicant must complete a Board approved refresher course
  • Completion of all court conditions resulting from any misdemeanor or felony convictions 
  • Written explanation and all related documents if the nurse has been listed as a Nurse Aide with finding(s) 
  • A Criminal Background Check is required

NOTE: You may be eligible for a nonrenewable temporary license which permits employment as a licensed nurse in North Carolina while the application is in process. A temporary license is valid for six (6) months or until the license has been issued (whichever comes first). Prior to the issuance of a temporary license, the Criminal Background Check fingerprints, forms and fee must be received in the Board office for out of state applicants. If you are a resident of North Carolina the LiveScan Application must be submitted online.

You will need the following information to apply:

  • Name, location and year of graduation of your basic School of Nursing
  • State, year and License Number of original licensure by examination 
  • State of current licensure and License Number 
  • Dates of employment and position(s) held for last two (2) nursing employers 
  • All US State Member Boards in which you have EVER been licensed with License Number and dates License held. 
  • For security reasons, mother's maiden name (Last Name only) 
  • Valid Credit or Debit Card (MasterCard or Visa) or Checking Account* Per N.C.G.S. 25-3-506, a $25 processing fee will be charged for an e-check refused by the bank due to insufficient funds or closed account. 
  • Social Security number issued by U.S. Social Security Administration 
  • Verification from original state of licensure and, if different, last state practiced