USRN License Endorsement Application | Processing and Registration

What do you need to know about USRN License Endorsement?

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, a nurse who is licensed in one jurisdiction can normally be licensed in another through a process known as license endorsement. The licensure decision in the second state is based on verification of licensure (some states accept verification from a current state of licensure) and meeting all of the state's additional licensure standards.

How to get an endorsement for a nursing license?

The stages of the USRN License Endorsement Application are usually as follows:

STEP 1: Pre-Endorsement or Credential Evaluation Phase

  • The candidate will apply for school credentials and license validation requests. It will also declare the originating state of the candidates during this application process. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, Inc. or CGFNS will evaluate their credentials if they have met the education requirements in the US. It also includes a statement about the foreign nurse's education being comparable to US standards.

STEP 2: Endorsement Application Phase

  • It is the method of licensure for registered nurses who have previously been licensed in another state in the US, as well as some Canadian registered nurse licensees, who wish to transfer to another state. If the state board requires the Credential Evaluation Service or CES application to be processed, this is the following step once the CES is completed.

License Endorsement or NCLEX score transfer to another state without Social Security Number or SSN:

Foreign nurses who are NCLEX RN passers or USRN license holders can endorse their NCLEX exam result of license to another state even without SSN.

From searching the requirements for the USRN license endorsement and other qualifications can be overwhelming especially to foreign nurses who are not acquainted with or had no knowledge in applying for the USRN license endorsement. Due to this application process for USRN license endorsement, candidates are advised to seek assistance from a specialized application preparation center like NEAC Medical Exams Center. NEAC‌ is an innovative pioneer medical exams application center that offers easy and fast assistance for USRN license endorsement and will do all the work for your license endorsement  for the best price to avoid financial losses and delays that may cause rejections of your application.

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The average wait time for a New York RN license by endorsement ranges from 6 to 8 weeks after all documentation is received. But the process can take longer, due to seasonal fluctuations and an increasing number of license applications every year.

A candidate must have a valid and active RN license from another state, US territory, or Canada, have finished an educational program that meets all California standards, and have passed the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, to be eligible for endorsement as an RN in California.

The California Board of Registered Nursing sites a ten to twelve-week average turnaround for permanent nursing licenses, or eight to ten weeks for temporary licenses, once all documentation is received.

Once the application is considered complete (all documentation required has been received) and the candidate's application for licensure has been approved, they should receive their license in the mail within ten working days. Note: Licensure by Endorsement can be found in the regulations.

According to the Hawaii Board of Nursing, the application processing time is generally fifteen to twenty business days from receipt of a completed application.

After the Maryland Board of Nursing has received all required documentation and fees, they will normally issue a nursing license in three to four weeks.

Applications are processed in one to two weeks. If candate's application is complete and meets the criteria for issuance of a license /certificate. In that case, the Board can generally issue their temporary license/certificate within one week of receipt of their application.

When moving (changing primary state of legal residence) to a new NLC state, it is the nurse’s responsibility to apply for licensure by endorsement. This should be completed upon moving, and the nurse should not delay.

There is no set timeframe for the approval of an application. We process applications in date order received. Applications are processed as quickly as possible, but timeframes vary based on the number of applications received and on the length of time it takes to receive all necessary documentation.

Candidates are responsible for requesting licensure verification. The license verification form included in the application is intended to be mailed to states that do not verify licenses through Nursys.