The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Licensure by Endorsement for RN / LPN applicants. After you have read the FAQs and you cannot find the answer to your question, please feel free to contact us using the provided form. Select "Licensure Requirements" from the Inquiry Reason drop down menu.
- What are the requirements for licensure by endorsement?
Arizona is a Compact State. If your Primary State of Residency is in another Compact State (AR, CO, DE, ID, IA, KY, MD, ME, MO, MS, NE, NH, NM, NC, ND, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI), you should not apply for licensure in Arizona unless you are declaring Arizona as your Primary State of Residency. For the list of compact states go to www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm.
Nurses who are applying and will be declaring Arizona as their Primary State of Residence and currently have an active license with multi-state privileges with another compact state may use their current compact license until Arizona issues a new license. Arizona will send you a memo to inactivate your current compact license after AZ issues you a license.
U.S. Educated Applicants
To be eligible for licensure you must:
- Have a passing score on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) or the State Board Test Pool Exam (SBTPE).
- Have previous or current license in another state or territory.
- 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
- RN applicants hold a Diploma, Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an approved
LPN applicants hold a Diploma or Certificate from an approved program. View the list of RN / LPN exceptions.
- Have Board approval for applicants under investigation.
Foreign Educated Applicants (Including Canada and Puerto Rico)
View Foreign Educated Requirements for application requirements.
- I've been previously licensed in Arizona as a nurse. Do I need to re-apply?
If you were previously licensed in Arizona as an RN or LPN, you need to complete a renewal application to activate your RN or LPN license. Visit My Services to renew your Arizona license.
- Am I required to be fingerprinted?
You are required to submit a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining State and Federal criminal record checks. You are exempt from this if you have submitted a fingerprint card to the Arizona State Board of Nursing within the previous two years.
- A fingerprint card will be mailed to you when we receive your application.
- The fingerprint card you receive from the Arizona State Board of Nursing must be the card you use for fingerprints, since it has specific agency data pre-printed on it.
- It can take a minimum of 4-5 weeks to receive fingerprint results. You cannot receive permanent licensure until these results are received. Fingerprint Clearance Cards are not acceptable.
- How long will it take for me to get a license?
That depends on you and the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The process we use when we receive your application in the mail room includes:
▪ Opening the mail, clocking in the time that your application was received, documenting the payment that was received, and distributing the application to the licensing tech that will process your application.
▪ The licensing tech will review your application and prepare it to go to the person who scans your application. After the application is scanned, it is then verified, and then entered into our database. You will not be able to “track” the progress of your application, until it has been entered into our database. Once in our database, it will then show up in License Verification.
▪ The Nurse Practice Act rules state that the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN) has up to 30 days, from the receipt of your application, to send you a deficiency notice. This notice will tell you exactly what is needed from you in order for us to be able to issue you a license. It is very important that you read this notice so that you know what else you need to submit.
Once all of the requirements are met, the average time to issue you a license is 3 days for endorsement applicants.
- How long does it take for my fingerprints to be received and processed by the Board?
It can take a minimum of 4-5 weeks to receive fingerprint results back from DPS and the FBI. You cannot receive permanent licensure until these results are received. Fingerprint Clearance Cards are not acceptable.
- How can I help to have my application process go faster?
▪ Read the instructions very carefully before you submit your application.
▪ Make sure you complete each question on the application, leaving no blanks.
▪ Enclose a copy of acceptable documentation of lawful presence with your application.
▪ After approximately 2-3 weeks of submitting your application, go to License Verification to check on the progress of your application. It will show you what is still pending.
▪ If you are an endorsement applicant, and need a license to work within 2 weeks, apply for Temporary license.
- I've been criminally charged or convicted of a felony. What should I do?
Reporting of Criminal Charges
Applicants for licensure/certification must notify the Board of criminal charges within 10 days of being charged. For further information go to Reporting Criminal Charges.
The Board shall revoke a nursing license or multi-state 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 five or more years prior to the date of filing an application. If this law pertains to you, your application will not be processed, and proceedings for revocation of your Arizona license or multi-state privileges in Arizona or denial of your application shall be instituted by the Board. For further information go to Reporting Criminal Charges.
- What are the fees to apply for licensure by endorsement?
All fees are in U.S. dollars and are non-refundable.
- Application Fee: $150.00 (Required)
- Fingerprint Fee: $ 50.00 (Required)
- Temporary License Fee: $ 50.00 (Optional)
Accepted Forms of Payment
- Credit/Debit Card – Complete and include authorization form and submit with the application. (included in application packed download)
- Personal Checks – Must be pre-printed with your name and address. Payable to Arizona State Board of Nursing.
- How can I check the status of my application?
To check the status of your application, go to License Verification and perform a search for your name.
- Can I get a temporary license so that I can begin working?
- A temporary license is available for nurses meeting all application requirements.
- A 48 hour temporary license is available for emergency purposes only.
- A temporary license is available for refresher course applicants only.
For more information on the above options, visit the Licensure by Endorsement Application Instructions page.
- What is a 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.