Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state-by-state licensure changes have been a daily occurrence. For up-to-date information regarding licensing regulations, please see this page.

Licensure By Endorsement

Washington, D.C.



Temp License:
(877) 672-2174
Washington, D.C.

The Process

1. Complete an application for Licensure by Endorsement online

2. Pay the associated fees

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 Washington, D.C. as the receipt of the verification.
  • If the state does not participate in Nursys, you must contact their state Board directly for further instructions.

4. Verification of all other licenses. You will be required to provide information about any other healthcare license you have held in any other state or country (indicating the license number, status, issuance and expiration date of each).

  • If you do not have an active registered nurse license in another state, your license has been expired two years or less, and you have practiced as a registered nurse within the two year period preceding this application, submit verification from one state in which your license expiration date was less than two years ago.

5. Fingerprint and Complete Background Check

  • If you're applying from within the D.C. area, you can schedule an appointment here
  • If you're applying from outside the D.C. area, you can call L1 Enrollment at 1-877-783-4187 to pay for fingerprint processing and obtain a mailing address to send your fingerprint card

Renewal License

Renewal of your license occurs every 2 years

  • Licenses expire on June 30th of even numbered years
  • You must renew online within 60 days of the expiration date (if more than 60 days, you must apply for re-licensure)
  • Renewal fee: $145.00 (+$85.00 late fee)

Required to complete 24 contact hours/ CEUs

Renewal Application:



Temporary License

You can expect to receive your temporary license in three to six weeks following receipt of all required documentation.

Permanent License

Approximately 30-45 days after submitting all of your required documentation. You can be issued a temporary license in the meantime.


Endorsement Application:


Important things to Know About Applying For Licensure for Endorsement

  • Licensure reinstatement occurs about two weeks following receipt of necessary documents (and requires 24 contact hours); you must submit a reinstatement application through the DCBON as well as a letter of explanation for the lapse, accredited CEUs, and verification of current license, if any; background check also required

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