Obtaining Your North Carolina Nursing License

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North Carolina is an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) state

North Carolina Board of Nursing

4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC  27607
TEL: 919-782-3211
FAX:  919-781-9461

License by Endorsement

Processing Fees  
Application $150
Background check $38

Temp License Processing

Approximately 2-3 weeks upon receipt of all required docs - valid for 6 months
Must not have any prior convictions OR disciplinary actions.
NCBON does not issue license cards.

Documents Needed Temp Perm
Completed online application Yes Yes
Verification of current active state license Yes Yes
Verification of original state license No Yes
Completed fingerprint cards (provided NCBON once app is received) Yes Yes

Apply online

*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 $100 Within 24 hours for online renewal
Reinstatement $180 Within 3 business days for online reinstatements. 6-8 weeks if background check is required

Additional Info

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 NCBON website for other options).

Online Renewal/Reinstatement
Verify a North Carolina license

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