How to Obtain Your Wisconsin Nursing License | Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) State

License by Endorsement

Temporary License$10

License Renewal

Link to Online Renewal

Timely$86Active within 48 hours if license is renewed online (can only be renewed online if expired for less than 5 years)
Late Fee$25
ReinstatementAbout 15-20 business days

Temporary License Processing

It takes approximately 7-15 days to receive a temporary license in Wisconsin after all required documents have been received by the board and the license will last for up to 3 months (must not have any prior convictions or disciplinary action to obtain).

Temporary licenses are only available if the original state license does not participate in NURSYS.

Completed ApplicationYesYes
Proof/Verification of Original State licenseNoYes
Verification/Copy of Current LicenseNoYes
Criminal Background Check – If applying for multistate licenseNoYes

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.

Additional Information

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

Wisconsin State Board of Nursing
Department of Safety and Professional Services
1400 East Washington Avenue
Madison, WI  53703

Phone: 608-266-2112

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