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Maryland Board of Nursing 
Mary Kay Goetter, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director
Nancy D. Adams, MBA, RN, President


The mission of the Board of Nursing is to advance safe quality care in Maryland through licensure, certification, education and accountability for public protection.

The Board of Nursing functions under the Maryland Nurse Practice Act, Health Occupations Article, Section 8. It has authority to adopt regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of the law. The Board is mandated to regulate the practice of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, nursing assistants, medication technicians, and electrologists.


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Baltimore, Maryland, 21215-2254

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  • CNAs expiring on SEPTEMBER 28, 2014
  • CNAs expiring on OCTOBER 28, 2014
  • Nurses expiring on OCTOBER 28, 2014 
You will be receiving or wlll have received this information in the mail. It is important that you use the information provided to you to ensure the speedy processing of your renewal. Please be sure to mail a COPY of your receipt to 4140 Patterson Ave, Baltimore, MD  21215-2254, Attn: Jeff Odin. The Board will not accept any receipt dated before June 20, 2014 for September renewals and August 1, 2014 for October renewals.  Click here for more Information.

yellow arrow bullet The Board is currently seeking professional nurses (RN/LPN) with experience in substance abuse, mental health and pain management as well as community consumers who have recovered from alcohol or drug addiction or chemical dependency for appointment to the Board’s Rehabilitation Committee - CLICK FOR DETAILS

yellow arrow bullet Important Information for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Spouses for expedited licensing and certification

yellow arrow bullet  RNs and LPNs graduating from nursing programs without a clinical component can now apply for an endorsement license in Maryland - More information

arrow bullet Initial Medication Technician applications are now on-line! The on-line Initial Medication Technician Initial Certification is a 2-step process where the course instructor must first enter the class information BEFORE the applicant can register an application. 


Effective October 1, 2012, any Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) applying for licensure and living in a member state of the Multistate Licensure Compact must take the NCLEX exam in their home state.  The Maryland Board of Nursing is required by the Nurse Practice Act (Health Occupations, Title 8, Annotated Code of Maryland), to abide by the below regulations:      
  • § 8-301(d) - A Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can hold a license in only one party state at a time and that license has to be issued from the home state of the licensee;
  • § 8-304(2)(iv)-  An applicant for licensure by examination in Maryland must submit satisfactory evidence to the Board that the applicant’s primary state of residence is Maryland or a state that is not a party to the compact; and
  • § 8-305(b) An applicant whose primary state of residence is a party state, other than Maryland, is not entitled to be examined for a license as an RN or LPN in Maryland.
Please understand that if the Board receives your application and you live in a Compact State, your application WILL NOT be processed and WILL BE returned to you.

Effective January 27, 2012:  Please be advised that the disclosure of your Social Security Number or Federal Tax Identification Number is mandatory in order to process your application.

Any license or certificate application(s) received at the Maryland Board of Nursing without either a Social Security Number (SSN) or Federal Tax ID Number WILL NOT be processed.  Applications without these numbers are incomplete.

The Board is required by federal and Maryland law to collect this information for the following purposes:
  • Verification of identity with respect to final adverse actions related to your license or certificate (42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7e(b))
  • Administration of the Child Support Enforcement Program (Md. Family Law Code Ann., § 10-119.3)
  • Identification by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation of new businesses in Maryland (Md. Health Occ. Code Ann., § 1-210)
Please understand that if the Board receives your application, but it is incomplete because there is NO Social Security Number or Federal Tax ID Number, your application WILL NOT be processed and WILL BE returned to you.

arrow bullet The Board is asking members of the CNA, LPN and RN community to apply for appointment to the CNA Advisory Committee.  Current committee members have been volunteering as a committee member for quite some time and it is now time for these members to be replaced with new members. Click for details

arrow bullet In an effort to move the Board of Nursing towards a smaller carbon footprint and a greener agency, the Board will no longer process paper walk-in renewals effective July 1, 2012.
Individuals will be guided to utilize our kiosks available in the CNA / MT and Nursing reception areas. If an individual chooses to drop off any paper forms, the Board will accept the forms but will not process them while you wait. 

arrow bullet During a recent audit it was discovered that several individuals have been issued Nursing Assistant Certificates in error. 

arrow bullet All initial Applications will appear as "Pending" on the Lookup a License verification site untill all required documents are received by the Board of Nursing.

arrow bullet Effective April 1, 2007, the Board discontinued the printing of ALL license & certification cards.  Please use Lookup a License to verify licensure/certification status.

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Last update: July 29, 2014
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