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Licensure By Endorsement




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The Process

1. Completed the online application for Licensure by Endorsement (in ink or typed)

2. Pay the associated fees

3. Submit a recent passport type photograph (2 x 2 and no more than two years old) enclosed with the application form.

4. Your Complete Background Check must be completed through the Maine Department of Public of Safety (DPS) and the FBI based on a set of fingerprints provided to.

5. VerifIcation of licensure from your original state of licensure

  • If the state participates in Nursys, you must complete the Nursys verification process, pay their fee and designate Maine as the receipt of the verification.
  • If the state does not participate in Nursys, you must contact their state Board directly for further instructions. You will need to send them the Verification of License form (page 6 & 7 of the application) to complete and submit to the Maine State Board of Nursing on your behalf.

6. Additional verifications are also required if you have practiced in Canada or a foreign country (if applicable).

7. Original source transcripts are required if you were prepared in a foreign country or completed a generic to master accelerated program (if applicable).

If anything is missing, the Main Board of Nursing will reach out to you to produce more documents or make corrections. The second review takes 24-36 hours and you will be able to check the status online and verify licensure.

Renewal License

Renewal of your license occurs every 2 years

Complete the application online or mail it with associated fees

No required contact hours


Permanent License

Approximately 5 -7 days for an initial review upon receipt of all required documents.


Endorsement Application:


Complete Background Check:


Important things to Know About Applying For Licensure for Endorsement

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