Temporary Nursing License


A temporary nursing license is a short-term license given to nurses to practice within a specific State for a brief period of time prior to the permanent nursing license being issued.  In the nursing industry, the term ‘temporary nursing license’, ‘temporary RN license’ and ‘temporary LPN license’ are all synonymous because they refer to the exact same thing.  However, each State is slightly different with timing and requirements.  In general, the process will begin with applying for a temporary license which will be valid for a certain period of time, usually three to six months.  There are two types of temporary nursing license, the single state temporary nursing license and the multi state temporary license.  This article will go over the temporary single state license.

Type 1: Single State Temporary License

To sum up, the following States offer a Temporary RN license.  All applications must be done on the State Board of Nursing website.

Alabama Temporary Nursing License

  • The Alabama temporary nursing license is valid for 120 days and costs US$50
  • To clarify, the temporary RN license for Alabama is processed at same time you apply for Licensure by Endorsement online on the Alabama BON website.
  • Processing Time is 1-2 business days
  • For further information, apply to the Alabama Board of Nursing

Arizona Temporary RN License

  • The Arizona Temporary RN License is valid for 6 months and cost is US$50.
  • In summary, Arizona is very fast processing and processing time is only 2 business days.
  • For further information, apply to the Arizona Board of Nursing

Hawaii Temporary Nursing License

  • The Hawaii Temporary RN License is valid for 90 days.  The cost of the temp permit is US$50.
  • Subsequently, you can go directly for same day walk-in for your temporary license after submitting documents
  • Temporary RN License Application Form for Hawaii
  • For further information, apply to the Hawaii Board of Nursing

Louisiana Temporary RN License

Maryland Temporary License

  • The Maryland Temporary RN License is valid for 90 days. Moreover, this temp permit costs US$40.
  • Processing time is 3-5 business days.
  • For supplementary information, apply to the Maryland Board of Nursing

Minnesota Temporary RN License

  • The Minnesota Temporary RN License is valid for 60 days.  Furthermore, the temp license is US$40.
  • In short, the Minnesota BON processing time is only 1-2 business days.
  • For further information, apply to the Minnesota Board of Nursing

Missouri Temporary License

  • The Missouri Temporary RN License is valid for 6 months and cost is US$55.
  • If you apply for Licensure by Endorsement you are automatically issued a temporary license.
  • Most importantly, Missouri BON offers same day walk-in service for temporary licenses.
  • For extra information, apply to the Missouri Board of Nursing

Nevada Temporary RN License

  • The Nevada Temporary RN License is valid for 6 months.  The cost of the application fee is US$105.
  • Nevada BON temporary license requires 7-10 business days of processing time.
  • Nevada Temporary License Form
  • For additional guidance, apply to the Nevada Board of Nursing

North Dakota Temporary License

  • The North Dakota Temporary RN License is valid for 90 days.  Further, the cost of the application fee is US$160.
  • Processing time is 3-5 business days.
  • For further information, apply to the North Dakota Board of Nursing

South Carolina Temporary RN License

  • The South Carolina Temporary RN License is valid for 60 days.  The application cost is only US$10.
  • Most importantly, South Carolina offers same day walk in service for Temporary RN licenses.
  • For more information, apply to the South Carolina Board of Nursing

Texas Temporary Nursing License

  • The Texas Temporary RN License is valid for 120 days.  In addition, the cost of the application fee is US$186.
  • Meanwhile, the Texas BON requires 15 business days of processing time to process the temporary license.
  • For additional questions, apply to the Texas Board of Nursing

Vermont Temporary RN License

  • The Vermont Permanent RN License is valid for 90 days.  The cost of the application fee of US$150
  • In short, the Vermont BON is very fast processing and estimates only 3 to 5 business days to receive a permanent nursing license
  • For further details, apply to the Vermont Board of Nursing

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