How to Obtain Your Pennsylvania Nursing License 

License by Endorsement

ASSOCIATED FEES

Application

$100

Application & Temporary License

$135

License Renewal

Link to Online Renewal

ASSOCIATED FEES

PROCESS

Timely

$65

Renew online — Active within 48 Hours/Upon proof of Child Abuse Course

Reinstatement (Inactive Status)

Approximately 30 days for mailed applications

Temporary License Processing

It takes approximately 10-14 business days to receive a temporary license in Pennsylvania after all required documents have been received. License valid for up to 1 year (must not have any prior convictions or disciplinary action to obtain).

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

TEMPORARY

PERMANENT

Completed Application

Yes

Yes

Proof/Verification of Original State License

No

Yes

Verification/Copy of Current License

Yes

Yes

Transcripts — Received Directly from Nursing School

No

Yes

Temporary licenses are only issued while other required documents are in the process of being received and are used in the meantime before a permanent license is obtained. There are additional steps that must be completed to receive a permanent license.

Additional Information

Renewals & Reinstatements:

  • Completion of 30 hours of CEUs are required every 2 years.
  • If license is considered “inactive” for over 5 years, proof of continued competence is required.
  • 2 hours of Child Abuse is required.
  • Nurses must contact the board directly to request reinstatement application and discuss CEU requirements.
  • 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

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

2601 N. 3rd St.
Harrisburg, PA  17110

Phone:  717-783-7142

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