Obtaining Your Virginia Nursing License

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Virginia is an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) state

Virginia Board of Nursing

9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA  23233
TEL: 804-367-4515
FAX:  804-527-4455

License by Endorsement

Processing Fees  
Application $190
Background check $36.95

Temp License Processing

Approximately 10 business days upon receipt of all required docs. 
Letter of practice valid for 30 days upon request.  May be extended for another 30 days with evidence that verification of original state licensure has been requested. 
Must not have any prior convictions OR disciplinary actions.

Documents Needed Temp Perm
Completed online application Yes Yes
Verification of original state license No Yes
Verification of current active state license Yes Yes
Authorization to practice letter for temp license.  Email request to appsupportdocs@dhp.virginia.gov Yes No
Criminal background check No Yes
Verification of clinical hours – only if graduated from nursing program with less than 500 clinical hours No 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 $140 Approximately 5-10 business days
Late renewal (within 2yrs)        $50  
Late inactive renewal $70  
Reinstatement $225 Criminal background check required

Additional Info

Reinstatements:  Must provide 15 hours of board approved CEUs with a minimum of 640 hours of active practice.

Online Renewal
Verify a Virginia license

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