North Carolina Board of Nursing

Verify License

Helpful Hints

I can’t seem to get a result and I am entering the correct license number?

Try searching on Social Security Number or last name.

I am getting a result but there are 3 different people listed on the results page?

You have selected to search by last name. Click on the link to view the details of each of the names listed.

My name search did not produce results?

The most accurate way to search by last name is to use the * with at least three letters in the last name. In some cases, a licensee’s name may contain a suffix (for example, Jr.) By using the * your search will ignore the suffix. If you don’t use the * and the name contains a suffix, your search will not produce the correct results.

My name search showed 25 nurses but I don’t see the nurse I am searching for?

The web page is designed to show 25 names. Try to refine your search by using first name and/or city of residence.

How can I verify a nurse practicing on a multi-state compact license?

Please visit

How soon will my license show on the verification after I am newly licensed in NC?

Immediately after your license is issued by the NC Board of Nursing.

Can I verify a Nurse Practitioner who holds a SC (or another compact state) license?

Yes, the Nurse Practitioner information will be shown on the NC Board of Nursing license verification if they have approval to practice in NC. But you must use to verify the RN license.

What does Compact Status – Multistate mean?

  • Multistate licensure privilege means the licensed nurse is authorized to practice in states participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact unless the license has a single state restriction.
  • Single state license means the nurse has authority to practice as a licensed nurse only in the state of North Carolina and the privilege is not otherwise restricted.

What is the NP approval number?

The Nurse Practitioner’s approval number is a unique number assigned to the NP at the time of initial approval.

How often is the site information updated?

The information for license verification is real-time.