How to Obtain Your North Carolina Nursing License | Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) State
License by Endorsement
Active within 24 hours if license is renewed online
|Within 3 business days for online reinstatements|
Reinstatement may take up to 6-8 weeks if a background check is required.
Temporary License Processing
It takes approximately 2-3 weeks to receive a temporary license in North Carolina after all necessary documents have been received and accepted and the license will last for up to 6 months (must not have any prior convictions or disciplinary action to obtain).
Completed Application, Notarized
Proof/Verification of Original State License
Verification/Copy of Current License
Completed Fingerprint Card
Temporary licenses are only issued while other required documents are being processed. There are additional steps that must be completed to receive a permanent license.
All nurses must complete a background check if license is expired 6 months or more.
- 15 contact hours of CE’s & 640 hours of active practice within 2 years
- OR 30 contact hours of CE’s
- See reinstatement requirements on the North Carolina State Board of Nursing website for other options
- View license verification information here.
Check for proper mailing address when sending in applications as it may differ from the physical address provided.
Contact Information & Mailing Address
4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607