Oregon Nurse License Overview

Temp License:
BON website
(971) 673-0685


License by Endorsement: $204

Fees are the same for RNs and LPNs.

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

Permanent License

Approximately 4-8 weeks for a license upon receipt of all required materials, but the Oregon Board of Nursing does not commit to a definitive timeline.

OR License Renewal

  • Renewal cadence: Renewal cadence is the same for RNs and LPNs. You need to renew every 2 years by 12:01 AM on your birthday. 
    - If you were born in an even-numbered year, your license will expire every 2 years during even years. If you were born in an odd-numbered year, your license will expire every 2 years in odd-numbered years. The renewal period opens 60 days before your birthday.
  • Renewal fee: $159.00 if renewed on time. Late renewals will incur an additional fee of $100, and there is no grace period. 
  • Required contact hours: No continuing education is required if you meet the requirements listed below:
  • To qualify for renewal, you must have practiced 400 hours in the 2 years preceding your renewal, have graduated from a nursing program in the past 2 years, or complete a reentry program. If you cannot meet the practice hour requirement, you must complete a nurse re-entry program while under limited licensure in order to be eligible to reactivate your license.
  • You can find more renewal information here

Important Things to Know about Oregon Nurse Licenses

  • The Oregon State Board of Nursing does not issue plastic license cards.  Employers and nurses can verify licenses through the online license verification system, or the national Nursys system. 
  • If you are the spouse or domestic partner of an active service member, the OSBN may expedite your licensure endorsement process.
  • View the Ohio BON’s FAQ section here
  • If you were hired to fill a temporary staffing shortage, you can find out more information here. You may qualify to work as a nurse in Oregon while awaiting licensure if you are licensed in good standing in a nother state.  
  • Incomplete applications will be discarded after 1 year. 

OR Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent Licensure

  1. Submit an application through the online nurse portal and pay the fee. The process is the same for RNs and LPNs. 
  2. You can view instructions and requirements for application here
  3. Provide a valid United States Social Security Number.
  4. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure and the state where you are currently employed. If these states do not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state's BON and request verification be sent to the Oregon BON.
  5.  Transcript documenting graduation from a pre-licensure program used to originally qualify the applicant for nursing licensure. If the program no longer exists, the applicant must provide verification from the state in which the program was located stating that the program was authorized as a degree, diploma, or certification awarding nursing program in that state at the time of graduation and the applicant must provide documents that a degree in nursing was received from the program.
  6. Provide evidence that you have worked 400 hours of verifiable practice within the past two years or have graduated from your initial nursing program within two years preceding submission of a completed application.
  7. Provide a background check with fingerprints. Instructions for fingerprinting can be found here. You must get your fingerprints done after you have applied through Oregon’s Online Licensing Portal
  • Your fingerprints must be collected for the Oregon State Board of Nursing application. Fingerprints collected for any other agency or organization cannot be used for your OSBN licensing application. 
  • Oregon contracts with Fieldprint to collect digital fingerprint images. Click here for more information. 
  • If your address is more than 75 miles away from a Fieldprint Inc. location, or you reside internationally, please contact us in the message center of the Online Licensing Portal for an accommodation request. 
  • Before you go, condition your fingers. Healthcare professionals may have difficulty obtaining quality fingerprints due to dry hands from frequent handwashing.  
    - Moisturize or apply cornhusker’s oil on your hands prior to fingerprinting to help “raise” the prints, making them easier to read.  If Oregon State Police or the FBI rejects your fingerprints because of poor quality, Fieldprint Inc. or the Oregon State Board of Nursing will notify you to schedule retakes
  • Due to the influx of applications being received currently, the minimum fingerprint processing time is about 8 weeks. If you have questions regarding the status of your fingerprint processing, contact the Oregon State Board of Nursing. 

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