The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has launched the Nurse Licensure Guidance tool that provides direction and resources on becoming a licensed nurse in the U.S. This online tool breaks down the licensure process, providing state-specific information for both domestically and internationally educated nurses on applying for a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN) license in the U.S.

Domestically educated nurses can easily access a jurisdiction’s license application along with links to other relevant application information as well as the board of nursing’s (BON) nurse practice act.

Internationally educated nurses can find information on jurisdiction-specific licensure requirements, based on where they plan to live and practice.

Both pathways include an interactive U.S. map that, based on their selection, displays where a nurse would and would not have authorization to practice. 

Explore the Nurse Licensure Tool at https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-guidance.htm.

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