New York Nurse License Overview

Temp License:
BON website


Endorsement Application: $143.00

Temporary Permit: $35 fee to NYSED.

Fees are the same for RNs and LPNs.

How long does it take to get a New York Nursing License?

Permanent License

Approximately 6-8 weeks upon receipt of all required materials.

NY License Renewal

  • Renewal cadence: Your nursing license is valid for life unless it is surrendered, revoked, annulled or suspended by the New York State Board of Regents. Your registration certificate will authorize you to practice as a nurse for up to three years.
  • Renewal fee: $73.00 for both RNs and LPNs.  
  • Required contact hours: Documentation of 1 training related to child abuse identification or infection control training, and 3 required hours of infection control every 3 years.
  • Registration renewals are available to all who are in the final 5 months of their current registration period or no more than 4 months past the expiration of their last valid registration period.
  • To renew online, you will need the PIN included in the registration renewal notice sent to you. If you cannot find your PIN, you can retrieve it here. If you have not received or have misplaced the registration renewal notice, you can contact us to request your PIN. When emailing, please be sure to include your name, profession, license number, date of birth, and the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • Renewals may take up to 3 business days for processing.
  • You will be given the option to request a Professional Photo ID Card for an additional $30. Photo IDs are mailed separately, and the processing time is approximately 6 weeks.

Important Things to Know about New York Nurse Licenses

  • A background check is not required for licensure by endorsement. You will have to report all criminal convictions and disciplinary actions against you, regardless of whether they occurred in New York State or elsewhere. You do not have to disclose "youthful offender" offenses if your records have been sealed.
  • After you have submitted all your documentation, please allow 6 weeks before submitting a Contact Us Form to request a status update.
  • Click here to see the New York BON’s FAQs. 

NY Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Submit an application online or mailed in and pay the fee. The processes for RN and LPN licensure are similar. You can begin the RN application here and the LPN application here. The RN application checklist can be found here.  
  2. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure and all other states where you have held a license to practice any profession, active or inactive. If these states do not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state's BON and request verification be sent to the New York BON via the Verification of License form.
  3. A “Yes” response to any moral character question on the application requires the applicant to upload an explanation and any court or supporting documents for review. An applicant will be contacted if additional information is required.
  4. Completion of NYS coursework in child abuse identification (CA) and infection control (IC) or a qualified exemption is required, and verification can be uploaded to this application. A list of NYSED-approved providers is available here.
  5. Complete Section I of a Certification of Professional Education (Form 2), and send it to your nursing school, and ask that they complete Section II. Your school must verify your nursing education on Form 2 and then send it directly to the NYSED. 
  • Form 2 must be signed by the registrar or accompanied by a transcript signed by the registrar. submit a completed Form 2 or transcript by email to 

Temporary License

  1. You may submit an Application for Limited Permit  at the same time or any time after you submit your Application for Licensure.
  2. Temporary permits are valid for 1 year from date of issue or until ten days after the applicant is notified of failure on the licensing examination.
  3. Temporary permits are generally only granted to RNs who are obtaining licensure by examination, although may be granted to RNs seeking licensure by endorsement under special circumstances for a nurse who is under supervision of a facility.

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