Licensure By Endorsement




Temp License:
(317) 234-2043

The Process


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1. Submit an application online or mail in a completed by paper for Licensure by Endorsement (Typed or printed in blue/black ink. You will need to check the box on page 1 indicating that you desire a temporary permit and include page 4 (completed and notarized).

2. Your application must include all of the following:

  • Include a photograph, approximately 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches, head and shoulders view, black and white or color, of professional quality.
  • Submit the associated fee (made payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency)
  • Include proof of current, active licensure in state or territory - including documentation of license expiration date. This can be a printout or a photocopy of your license. 
  • If you answer "yes" to any questions on page 2 of the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all related details. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions you will not qualify for a temporary license because the Board of Nursing will need the results from your background check. 
  • Enclose any documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents (if applicable).

You now qualify for a temporary license and will need to complete the remaining tasks before your temporary license expires in order to receive a permanent license.

3. Verification of licensure from every state, territory, and country that you hold or have held a license, certificate, registration, or permit to practice nursing and/or any other regulated health occupation. 

  • If the state(s) participate in Nursys, you must complete the Nursys verification process, pay their fee and designate Indiana as the receipt of the verification.
  • If the state(s) does not participate in Nursys, you must contact their state Boards directly for further instructions. You will need to send them a Verification of License form (found here) to complete and submit to the Indiana Board of Nursing on your behalf.

4. Official transcripts

  • If the state of your original licensure does not verify your education for other state Boards of Nursing you will need to provide official documentation of graduation from a state accredited program in nursing, provided directly to the Indiana State Board of Nursing from your nursing program. If the nursing program completed was in a territory that was not previously approved by a state board, the transcripts would need to be submitted directly to the board from the school for evaluation. 

5. Complete your Complete Background Check 

-Complete this step only after receiving notification from the Board of Nursing that your application has been received. If you completed a Complete Background Check prior to your application being received, you will be required to complete another. 

-Once you receive the email 

Renewal License

Renewal of your license occurs every 2 years

  • LPN licenses expire 10/31 of even numbered years
  • A license that has been expired for less than 18 months may be renewed online. The renewal fee is $50.00.
  • If your license has been expired for more than 18 months you must complete and mail in this form along with a $100.00 fee.
  • If your license has been expired for more than 3 years you will need to mail in a completed renewal form, $100.00 fee and a copy of an active license from another jurisdiction.
  • If you do not have an active license in another jurisdiction, you will receive a notice to come before the Board for a Personal Appearance. 

No required contact hours as long as your license has not been expired for 3 years or more.


Temporary License

Approximately 2 weeks upon receipt of all required documents. The temporary license is valid for 90 days.


Endorsement Application:


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Important things to Know About Applying For Licensure for Endorsement

  • You can use this easy to follow checklist when applying for Licensure by Endorsement.
  • "Official" means the document must be the original document or a notarized copy provided directly from another state board of nursing or the awarding entity. 
  • If your original state of licensure has an official copy of your nursing school transcripts and/or high school diploma or equivalent, you may request that state forward a certified copy to this office. 
  • Endorsement applications are considered abandoned if they are not completed within one year.

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