Obtaining Your Wisconsin Nursing License

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Wisconsin is an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) state

Also participates in the NLC until June 11, 2018

Wisconsin Board of Nursing

Department of Safety and Professional Services
1400 East Washington Avenue
Madison, WI  53703
TEL: 608-266-2112
FAX:  608-261-7083

License by Endorsement

Processing Fees  
Application $82
Temp license $10

Temp License Processing

Approximately 7-15 business days upon receipt of all required docs - valid for 90 days.
Must not have any prior convictions OR disciplinary actions.
Temp license available only if original state license does not participate in NURSYS.

Documents Needed Temp Perm
Completed application Yes Yes
Verification of original state license No Yes
Verification of current state license (if original state license is expired) No Yes
Criminal background check – if applying for multistate license No Yes

Apply online – only graduates of WI board of nursing approved schools may 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 $86 Approximately within 2 business days – renew online if expired less than 5 years
Late $25  
Reinstatement    Approximately 15-20 business days
Online Renewal
Verify a Wisconsin license

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