Application Instructions for RN / LPN Licensure by Examination

To check the status of a pending application, please log in to your Nurse Portal account. Once an application has been issued, you can verify the issuance of the credential by visiting Nursys, click on the QuickConfirm option and perform a search by name.

Arizona is a Compact State

  • Arizona is part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) and no longer part of the Original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).
  • A list of states participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact is available at
  • An applicant for licensure as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse who meets certain requirements is eligible for multistate licensure. Once the Board grants the multistate license, the nurse can then engage in nursing practice in any of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses. Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the criteria for issuance of a multistate license. If you do not meet the criteria for a multistate license but you do meet the criteria for a single state license, a single state license will be issued to you.
  • Requirements for Multistate Licensure:
    1. Meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Arizona
    2. Has graduated from a board-approved education program or has graduated from an international education program (approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an independent credential review agency
    3. Has passed an English proficiency examination (applies to graduates of an international education program not taught in English or if English is not the individual's native language
    4. Has passed the NCLEX or predecessor exam
    5. Is eligible for or holes an active unencumbered license (i.e., without active discipline)
    6. Has submitted fingerprints for state and federal background becks
    7. Has no state or federal felony convictions
    8. Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing
    9. Is not currently a participant in an alternative program
    10. Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program
    11. Has a valid United States social security number


    1. RN applicants hold a Diploma, Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an approved program. LPN applicants hold a Diploma or Certificate from an approved program.
      Visit RN / LPN Exceptions to view a the list of exceptions.
    2. Passing score on NCLEX exam.
    3. Graduates of out of state schools – Transcripts, including graduation dates and type of degree, sent by your school to Arizona State Board of Nursing.
    4. Board approval for applicants who are under investigation.
  • FOREIGN EDUCATED APPLICANTS; Including Canada and Puerto Rico
    Visit Foreign Educated Requirements for application requirements.

Items to Complete for Licensure

  • COMPLETE THE NCLEX REGISTRATION by going to OR by phone 866-496-2539
  • REQUEST OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS - Sent by the program directly to Arizona State Board of Nursing (for out-of-state graduates)
    • All applicants must upload a copy of documentation regarding citizenship/nationality/alien status. A copy of the document must be submitted on an 8½ x 11 sheet of plain white paper and submitted with the application. For a list of acceptable documents visit the Citizenship & Alien Status page.
    • You are required to submit a full set of fingerprints, for the purpose of obtaining State & Federal criminal record checks.
    • You are only exempt from this requirement if you have submitted a fingerprint card to the Arizona State Board of Nursing within the previous two years.
    • A copy of a clearance card issued by DPS is not a substitute.
    • A fingerprint card will NOT be issued from the Arizona State Board of Nursing.You may obtain a fingerprint card from any local facility that offers fingerprinting services.
    • Please remember to submit your fingerprint card as soon as possible to expedite the process.
    • A permanent license will not be issued until fingerprint results are received.
    • Results can take up to 6-8 weeks to receive.

Additional Information

Fees & Payment Methods

All fees are in US Dollars and are non-refundable.

  • Application Fee: $150.00
  • Writing for NLCEX Fee: $150.00
  • Fingerprint Fee: $50.00 (required, unless submitted within the previous 2 years).
  • Credit/Debit Card 

Felony Convictions

The Board shall revoke a nursing license or multistate privileges or deny licensure if the applicant has one or more felony convictions that have not previously been disclosed to the Board and has not received an absolute discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions 3 or more years prior to the date of filing an application. If this law pertains to you, your application will be processed, and proceedings for revocation of your Arizona license or multistate privileges in Arizona or denial of your application shall be instituted by the Board. For more information go to Reporting Criminal Charges.

Reporting of Criminal Charges

Applicants for licensure / certification must notify the Arizona State Board of Nursing of criminal charges within 10 days of being charged. For more information go to Reporting Criminal Charges.

Undesignated Offense

For purposes of the Nursing Board's felony bar statutes, A.R.S. Sections 32-166(B)(17) & 1646(B), the commission of any felony offense on or after July 23, 2010, which results in a conviction of an undesignated offense, shall be treated by the Board as a felony "until such time as the court may actually enter an order designating the offense a misdemeanor" pursuant to A.R.S. Section 13-604(A).

Time Frames for Licensure

The Board is required to process applications for licensure within certain time periods, per R4-19-102 in the Nurse Practice Act.

Deficiency Notice

When you submit an application, the Board will send you a deficiency notice identifying any elements of the application process which remain outstanding. If you fail to respond to a deficiency notice within the applicable time period, your application will be withdrawn. After withdrawal, if you are still interested in obtaining licensure you would need to submit a new application and applicable fee.

Arizona State Board of Nursing - Nursing Regulatory Journal
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Application Waiver
Pursuant to HB 2372 (A.R.S. section 41-1080.01), the Arizona State Board of Nursing began processing license application fee waivers in FY2018. As of ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
New dates for Nurse Licensure Compact webinars for public
At the link below are new dates for the remainder of 2019 for the public NLC educational webinars. Webinar Summer and Fall 2019 Dates
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Kratom Fact Sheet for Healthcare Professionals
Please see the below fact sheet for information about Kratom. Fact Sheet
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Arizona State Board of Nursing Considers Complaints Against Valerie Brehm, Kathryn DelReal, and Mckenzie Gillies
On May 16, 2019, the Arizona State Board of Nursing, in an open meeting, considered investigations pending against Valerie Brehm, Kathryn DelReal, and...


Statement of locations where all notices of the meetings of the Arizona State Board of Nursing will be posted.

Pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02(A)(1)(a), the Arizona State Board of Nursing will post all notices of the meetings of the Arizona State Board of Nursing Meetings and any of its committees and subcommittees on the Board's website at Notices will indicate the date, time, and place of the meeting and will include an agenda or information concerning the manner in which the public may obtain an agenda for the meeting.