Obtaining Your Arkansas Nursing License

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Arkansas is an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) state

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

University Tower Building
1123 South University Avenue, Suite 800
Little Rock, AR  72204
TEL: 501-686-2700
FAX:  501-686-2714

License by Endorsement

Processing Fees  
Application $100
Temp License $25

Temp License Processing

Approximately 2 weeks – valid for 6 months (must not have any prior convictions OR disciplinary actions).
Permits are not issued on a walk-in basis.

Documents Needed Temp Perm
Completed online application Yes Yes
Verification of original state license No Yes
Verification of current license Yes No
Completed fingerprint card (provided by ASBN) No Yes
Must enter the INA Search ID number located on the payment summary on your fingerprint card in the box marked “FBI Leave Blank”.    

Apply online
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*Temporary permits are issued while other required docs are in process of receiving a permanent license. Additional necessary steps to receive a permanent license MUST also be initiated.

License Renewal

Processing Fees   Renewal License Processing
Timely $75 Active within 24 hours if renewed online
Expired (5yrs) $175  2 weeks for paper application

Additional Info

May renew online if expired within 5 years and primary state of residence is not a compact state.  An additional 5 hours of board approved CEUs required – 20 hours for non-active licenses.

Reinstatements expired more than 5 years and primary state of residence is a compact state - must mail a request to ASBN for paper renewal including a self-addressed, stamped envelope

After the first two years, wallet license cards will no longer be distributed following renewal.

Online Renewal
Verify an Arkansas license

NOTE:  Mailing address to send application/docs may be different than the physical address