October 1, 2012, any Registered Nurse
or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) applying for licensure and living in
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
(Health Occupations, Title 8, Annotated Code of Maryland), to abide by the
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.
- § 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.
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
The Board is required by federal and Maryland law to collect this
information for the following purposes:
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.
of identity with respect to final adverse actions related to your
license or certificate (42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7e(b))
of the Child Support Enforcement Program (Md. Family Law Code Ann., §
by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation of new
businesses in Maryland (Md. Health Occ. Code Ann., § 1-210)
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Preceptorship for Nursing
Programs - Clinical Rotation
Effective September 22, 2008, COMAR 10.27.01.01.C
has been amended to allow out-of-state programs which are
NOT substantially equivalent to the
Maryland program to conduct
their direct patient care clinical learning experiences either
concurrently with or after the theoretical learning experience.
Arranging clinical preceptorships must be approved by the Maryland
Board of Nursing prior to implementation. *
Clinical experience includes, but is not limited to:
care of families and clients throughout the life span in a variety of
care settings that require nursing measures appropriate for either the
maintenance or restoration of mental and physical health.
The following nursing foci: Medical, Gerontologic,
Surgical, Psychiatric, Pediatric, and Obstetrical
Contact Patricia Kennedy at 410-585-1903 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for questions and concerns
This applies to out-of-state nursing education programs only.
The Board can send applications for
licensure only by US mail, not by
e-mail. If you use e-mail or telephone to request an application, you
include your name and mailing address.
Approved Refresher Courses
To Change From An Inactive License To An Active
License: Information About Nursing Refresher Courses
Supplemental Renewal Form for
- also required
when changing a license from Inactive to Active.
And Verification Information For Currently Licensed Registered And
graduating from a nursing education program without a clinical
component and holding an active license in another state can now apply
for licensure by endorsement.
Apply on-line for RN / LPN Licensure by Endorsement
of Maryland Licensure to Another State (Verification Form) - for states that do not participate in NURSYS Verification
of Maryland Licensure to Another State (NURSYS)
Request CHRC (Fingerprint) cards for Licensure by Endorsement - Please include your full name & current mailing address when requesting fingerprint cards for out of state applicants.
Apply on-line for a Temporary RN / LPN Nursing License
Maryland Board requires applicants for Temporary Licenses to use a
Permanent Mailing Address when completing the application for
licensure. This is especially important for licensees who are not going
to reside in Maryland for an extended period of time.
By Exam (NCLEX)
licensure who have been unsuccessful with the NCLEX licensure
schedule to re-take the examination in 45 days. [PDF]
A reschedule application is sent with all NCLEX failure results
security reasons, the
Examination Unit accepts only original documents from primary sources.
The Examination Unit cannot use copies of documents for licensure.
of nursing schools in
or outside the United States must meet the Spoken English
The Board of Nursing does not accept invalid Spoken English scores. The
Educational Testing Service (ETS) has advised the Board that Test of
Spoken English (TSE) scores are not valid after two years. ETS will
send valid TSE scores to the Board upon the applicant’s
Nurses Educated WITHIN
the United States
NCLEX-PN Application Instructions For
Graduates Of Schools Within The
NCLEX-RN Application Instructions
For Graduates Of Schools Within The
Nurses Educated OUTSIDE
the United States
Outline of the licensure
process for foreign educated nurses
Application Instructions for Graduates of Schools Outside
the United States
Proficiency Interview (ILA OPI): Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
Proficiency Interview (ILA OPI): Application form [PDF]
New dates added through December
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