Hawaii Nurse License Overview

Temp License:
BON website
(808) 586-3000


Endorsement Application: $234.00 if the license will be issued between July 1 in an odd-numbered year and June 30 of an even-numbered year. $166.00 If the license will be issued between July 1 in an even-numbered year and June 30 in an odd-numbered year.

Temporary License: $50.00 

Fees are the same for RNs and LPNs. 

How long does it take to get a Hawaii Nursing License?

Permanent License

Approximately 45-60 business days upon receipt of all required materials

HI License Renewal

  • Renewal cadence: Licenses expire on June 30 of odd-numbered years, regardless of the date it was issued. This is why the licensure fee varies depending on if it was issued in an odd or even year. The renewal period begins 60 days prior to June 30.
  • Renewal fee: $196.00 for RNs and LPNs.
  • Required contact hours: Nurses are required to complete one learning activity from this list of approved courses.
    - Continuing education approved by another State Board of Nursing is not acceptable.
    - You may not complete a combination of more than 1 learning activity, (i.e. if you choose the continuing education learning activity, you must complete at least 30 hours of continuing education) and not 15 hours of continuing education and 15 hours of another learning activity
    - Only learning activities completed within the prior biennium will be accepted
  • If you are eligible for a license near the end of the second year of a two-year license period (within 3 months), you may elect to delay the issuance of your license until July 1, odd-numbered year, provided you do not intend to start practicing nursing until the next license period.

Important Things to Know about Hawaii Nurse Licenses

  • Check the status of your application here or call (808) 586-2695.
  • If you were previously fingerprinted by another board of nursing or employer, you still have to submit to the electronic fingerprinting for a Hawaii nurse license.
  • Hawaii also offers an emergency temporary permit in specific circumstances. Click here to learn about the process. The application for this is not through the Hawaii Board of Nursing but through the Hawaii healthcare entity. 
  • Click here for the Hawaii Board of Nursing’s FAQs. 
  • Hawaii currently has eNLC legislation pending. 

HI Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Apply using this form and pay the fee. The process is similar for RNs and LPNs.
  2. Provide a copy of your government issued photo ID including your date of birth.
  3. Provide a copy of your signed social security card4
  4. Provide a background check with fingerprints. Instructions for fingerprinting through Fieldprint can be found here.
  • Any application received after July 1, 2017 or license issued on or after July 1, 2017 are required to be fingerprinted.
  • To make a fingerprinting appointment, visit http://fieldprinthawaii.com or call (877) 614-4361. You will be able to make an appointment in HI or in the continental US at a location near you.
  • The Fieldprint code that you must enter is FPHIBrdNursing. If you do not use this code, the BON will not be able to retrieve your report and you will have to go back to get fingerprinted and pay another fee.
  • You must file your license application within thirty (30) days of the fingerprinting to ensure that the results can be obtained.
  • If the BON is unable to obtain the results, you will be required to submit to the fingerprinting process again.
  1. If you are licensed as an LPN or RN under the laws of another state, territory, or foreign country, you will be required to submit a self-query report from the National Practitioner Data Bank ("NPDB"). To obtain the report, go to the NPDB website and click on "Perform a Self-Query."
  2. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure. If this state does not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state's BON and request verification be sent to the Hawaii BON. 

Temporary Permit

To obtain a temporary permit, you must complete the application and submit the following:

  • Pay the separate fee of $50 for the temporary permit. 
  • Complete the application for the license. 
  • Submit verification of your current U.S. nursing license, along with the expiration date of the license. 
  • Submit proof of mailing the "Verification of License" form (NSG-03) OR NURSYS verification (receipt of certified mail, copy of the canceled check for the verification fee).
  • A completed original "Verification of Employment" form (NSG-05) must first be signed by your employer in Hawaii. Letters of hire will not be accepted. 
  • Only ONE temporary permit is allowed. Permittee is allowed to practice nursing only if employed by the employer indicated on the "Verification of Employment" form (NSG-04). Once the permit is issued, no other will be reissued in the care of another employer. 
  • Disciplinary action must be reviewed by the board prior to issuing a temporary license. 

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