Vermont Nurse License Overview

Temp License:
BON website
(802) 828-2396


Endorsement Application: $175.00 

Fees are the same for RNs and LPNs.

Temporary permit: No extra charge

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

Permanent License

Approximately 3-5 business days upon receipt of all required materials.

Temporary License:

Possibly the same day, approximately 3-5 business days upon receipt of all required materials.

VT License Renewal

  • Renewal cadence: Every two years. Your license expires on March 31st of odd-numbered years for RNs, and on January 31st of even years for LPNs. 
  • Renewal fee: $220.00 for RNs, and $200 for LPNs. 
  • Required contact hours: Requirements are the same for RNs and LPNs. 20 hours of continuing education within the last two-year licensure period, or one of the following.
    - 400 hours (50 days) of paid nursing compensation in the past 2 years or 960 hours(120 days) within the past 5 years.
    - Hold a nationally recognized nursing certification.
    - Completes an original or re-entry nursing program within the last 5 years.
  • Submit a renewal application online, and pay the renewal fee.
  • Renewal applications open 6 weeks prior to expiration of your license. A courtesy notification will be sent to the email address on file when your renewal window opens. Allow 5 business days for processing of your renewal. 

Important Things to Know about Vermont Nurse Licenses

  • The application portal is only supported on laptops or desktops on the Google Chrome browser. The application portal is not supported by Safari, tablet, or mobile devices.
  • View the Vermont BON’s FAQ section here
  • Vermont is a part of the eNLC. Click here for more information on multi-state licenses. 
  • The Board of Nursing will notify you by email if there are additional items required for your application.

VT Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Submit an application online and pay the fee. The process is the same for RNs and LPNs. 
  2. 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 Vermont BON.
  3. Provide a background check with fingerprints. 
  • You will need to have a release form signed and notarized before submitting it to the BON. Once received, the BON will send fingerprinting instructions to you via email. Fingerprints can be completed in Vermont or out of state. For more information on completing the background check requirement, click here.
  1. Applicants whose programs were conducted in languages other than English or who are not native English speakers must achieve a passing score on the TOEFL or a similar language proficiency assessment.
  2. You must possess a valid United States Social Security Number.
  3. You must achieve a passing score on the NCLEX-RN or -PN. 

Temporary License

  1. If you wish to be issued a provisional license, please indicate this within the online application.
  2. Temporary permits are valid for 90 days.
  3. Once all items have been received by the BON except the background check and/or verification of licensure, you may be issued a provisional license.

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