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

On-Line INITIAL Licensure & Certification Applications

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.


Passport-style Photograph Required

A properly formatted passport-style photo is required to be submitted with all initial licensure and certification applications. Please click here for examples of passport-stype photos. If you have digitial photo close to the examples, you can use this on-line tool to upload and crop your photo to meet the passport-style standard. (Adobe Flash Player 10 or later required)


Supported Web Browsers

The Initial Application web sites work best with Microsoft's Internet Explorer Browser. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome & Apple Safari browsers are NOT supported and may NOT work properly!  

Initial Nursing Assistant Certification

First-time Nursing Assistant applicants may now submit applications for initial certification via the Board's website.

Apply for Initial Nursing Assistant Certification 

Instructors who need to complete the class list for their students may click here to submit the Class Confirmation list.

Nursing Assistant Class Confirmation List

Registered Nurse / Licensed Practical Nurse

Nurses who are licensed in another state and have never held a Maryland license may apply for licensure by endorsement. Endorsement applicants must complete a Background Check before completing the on-line application.

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

NOTE - If you DO NOT currently reside in Maryland, please send an e-mail to with your name and current mailing address to receive the required Background Check forms prior to applying on-line. Maryland residents ONLY may use this form [PDF] to complete the Background Check.

Apply for Licensure by Endorsement 

Initial Medication Technician Certification

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. 

Instructors: Submit your Initial Medication Technician classes here

Applicants: Complete your Initial Medication Technician application here

Last update: August 07, 2014
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