Oklahoma Nurse License Overview

Temp License:
BON website
(405) 962-1800


Endorsement Application: SSL: $85.00 MSL: $150.00

Temporary Permit: $10.00

Fees are the same for RNs and LPNs.

How long does it take to get an Oklahoma Nursing License?

Permanent License

The BON does not comment on a timeframe for permanent licensure. 

Temporary License

The BON does not comment on a timeframe for temporary licensure. 

OK License Renewal

  • Renewal cadence: Renewal cadence is the same for RNs and LPNs. Renewal occurs every 2 years, on the last day of your birth month, in even-numbered years for RNs and odd-numbered years for LPNs.
  • Renewal fee: $75
  • Required contact hours: Continuing education requirements are listed here. Must demonstrate that one or more of the following is true:
    - Employment in a position that requires a registered nurse/practical nurse license with verification of at least 520 work hours.
    - Completion of at least 24 contact hours of continuing education applicable to nursing practice
    - Current certification in a nursing specialty area
    - Completion of a Board-approved refresher course
    - Completion of at least 6 academic semester credit hours of nursing coursework at the licensee’s current level of licensure or higher

Important Things to Know about Oklahoma Nurse Licenses

  • Your application is valid for 12 months. If incomplete after 12 months have passed, your application will be discarded, and you must reapply and repay the application fee.
  • If you are interested in changing your SSL to a MSL, you can find more information here
  • You can view the Oklahoma BON’s helpful information section here
  • Check the status of your application on the nurse portal
  • See page 11 of this document for a list of common mistakes that delay the processing of your application. 

OK Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Submit an application online and pay the fee. You may also mail in an application. The process for RNs and LPNs is the same. 
  2. You can find the SSL application instructions here and the MSL application instructions here
  3. You must provide a Social Security number on the application. Submit name change documentation, if applicable.  Provide your full legal name with the notation “NMN” if you have no middle name.
  4. Provide proof of citizenship by submitting a notarized Evidence of Status form and necessary supporting documentation. 
  5. Provide a background check with fingerprints.
  • If you have an Oklahoma mailing address, you will need to make an appointment online and then go to an IdentoGo center sponsored by Idemia located within the state to provide fingerprints electronically.
  • You can find Fingerprinting FAQs and further instructions here
  • If you have an out-of-state mailing address, the Board staff will mail you specific fingerprint cards that you must take to a local law enforcement agency to obtain the fingerprints. You must wait to receive the specific coded Form RS-04 fingerprint cards from the Board office prior to obtaining your fingerprints. An addressed envelope will be provided as the fingerprint cards must be mailed by the law enforcement agency directly to an IdentoGO center..
  1. Include a disclosure of any criminal charges, disciplinary action, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence, if applicable.
  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 Oklahoma BON. Verification of licensure must indicate that you have passed the licensure examination. 
  3. If your state does not fully verify your nursing education, the Board will request that an official transcript be submitted to this office directly from the nursing program.
  • An official transcript from the nursing education program must be submitted directly from the nursing education program. The transcript must show the diploma or degree and the date conferred. The transcript must be obtained from an entity approved and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a primary source for providing education transcripts
  1.  Demonstrate evidence of meeting continued qualifications for practice by having your most recent employer complete the Employment Verification Form. If you have not practiced as a licensed nurse for at least 520 hours in the last five years, an official transcript or certificate of completion for a refresher course approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing must be sent directly to this Board from the program.

Temporary License

  1. Temporary permits are valid for 90 days. Please indicate that you would like a temporary license on our application. 
  2. Once all items have been received by the BON except your fingerprinting results, you may be issued a provisional license.
  3. A temporary license will not be issued to anyone who has had a history of arrest, criminal charges, adjudication of incompetence, or disciplinary action; or who will be required to take the NCLEX exam or meet additional requirements for continuing qualifications for practice prior to licensure in Oklahoma. A temporary license will not be issued if the application is complete.

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