Use these resources to help your licensing journey.

NLC: Yes | Walkthrough: No | Temp License: Yes | Nursys: Yes

Temporary License

Approximately 3-5 business days upon receipt of all required documents.


Permanent License

Approximately 6-8 weeks for the entire process (from the point you start your application).



Endorsement Application: $100.00

Temporary Permit: $40.00

Application Process

1. Complete Background Check & Fingerprints

• Electronic (in Maryland only). Print the last page of the CHRC form and take it to one of the approved sites.

• If you are an out-of-state resident you need to request a fingerprint card for Maryland to obtain your CJIS number, by emailing Once you received your fingerprint packet you will need to have your prints rolled/ inked on the cards. Then you will mail in the completed cards with the associated fees.

2. Verification of your original state license

• If the state participates in Nursys, you must complete the Nursys verification process, pay their fee and designate Maryland as the receipt of the verification.

• If the state does not participate in Nursys, you must contact their state Board directly for further instructions. You will need to send them the Verification of License form to complete and submit to the Maryland State Board of Nursing on your behalf.

3. Complete the oral English test (TOEFL) only if you were educated outside of the United States. If you have an advanced degree from a US college or university you are exempt from this requirement.

4. Complete the application online for Licensure by Endorsement including the following information:

• A digital passport style photo in the PNG or JPG file format

• The 12 digit number from under the barcode on the purple fingerprint card or the tracking number on the Livescan receipt

• An active license in another state

5. Pay the associated fees

6. A transcript evaluation is required if you were educated outside the United States (if applicable).


Renewal License

• Renewal of your license occurs every 2 years

• For your first time renewing your license will expire on the 28th day of my birth month.

• Practice hour requirement

• 1,000 working in the last 5 years

• No required contact hours


Important Things to Know About Applying for Licensure for Endorsement

• If you have any disciplinary action against you, you must complete an initial paper application first.

• Nurses graduating from a nursing education program without a clinical component and holding an active license in another state can now apply for licensure by endorsement.