Licensure By Endorsement




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The Process

1.Complete application for Licensure by Endorsement online

  • Provide a valid United States Social Security Number

2. Official transcript

  • You must request your nursing program to submit an official transcript with your basic nursing degree and date conferred to the Mississippi Board of Nursing in a sealed envelope or via eScrip-Safe.

3. Verification of original state of licensure

  • If the state participates in Nursys, you must complete the Nursys verification process, pay their fee and designate Mississippi 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 to complete and submit to the Mississippi Board of Nursing on your behalf.

4. Criminal background check

  • Mississippi residents: If Mississippi is your legal primary state of residence, you must call the Board to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted.
  • Out-of-State residents: If your legal primary residence is in another state, a Mississippi Board of Nursing fingerprint card and instructions will be mailed directly to you following the submission of your application for licensure.

Renewal License

Renewal of your license occurs every 2 years

  • RN renewal is every even-numbered year. Thus, a license issued prior to August 31 will expire December 31 of that same year if it is a renewal year for that license type.
  • Renewal begins on September 1 each year.

No required contact hours


Permanent License

Approximately 7-10 business days for the BON to process your application upon receipt of all required documents. Note that it takes 4-6 weeks for your fingerprints to be processed.


Endorsement Application:


Complete Background Check:


Important things to Know About Applying For Licensure for Endorsement

  • If you hold a compact license from another state and have moved to Mississippi, you may continue to practice on your compact license for up to 30 days while your endorsement process is under review.
  • You must complete the endorsement application and pay fees before you submit any supporting documents.
  • Your application and fees will remain active for one year. You would be able to complete the endorsement process at any time within that period.
  • The Mississippi Board of Nursing may issue a ninety (90) day temporary permit to practice nursing at a youth camp to qualified applicants upon receipt of a completed application and fee. The applicant must hold an active and current license in another jurisdiction.

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