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Patricia A. Noble, MSN, RN, Executive Director
Nancy D. Adams, MBA, RN, President

Regulation Toolkit

Maryland Board of Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions for the New Entry Nurse/Nurse Graduate

What are the fees for licensure?

A list of all fees may be found at www.mbon.org  under Services and Links, Current Fee Schedule.

How do I apply for the NCLEX®PN or RN Examination?

To be eligible for the NCLEX-PN or RN examination you must:
Complete satisfactorily and meet all requirements for a degree or diploma from:
  1. For the RN applicant, a registered nursing education program approved by the Board; or
  2. A registered nursing education program in any other state that the Board finds substantially equivalent to the program in this State.
  3. For the PN examination, have a high school diploma or its equivalent; complete satisfactorily and meet all requirements for a diploma from: a practical nursing education program approved by the Board; or a practical nursing education program in any other state that the Board finds substantially equivalent to the program in this State.
  4. Meet the Spoken English testing requirement
  5. Complete the following separate applications:
    1. Maryland Board of Nursing Licensure by Exam
    2. Criminal History Record Check
    3. Declaration of Primary State of Residence
    4. NCLEX Candidate Bulletin (Pearson Vue)
To request an application for licensure, go to the Board’s website, www.mbon.org and access the link for nursing licensure.   Please go to www.ncsbn.org and access the link NCLEX for further information.

I took the NCLEX  licensure  exam last week. Can you tell me if I passed? When will I receive my results?

Candidates receive results in the mail within three (3) weeks from their test date. Results will not be released over the phone or by email by the Maryland Board of Nursing staff.   If you have passed the exam and your examination application is complete,  within 7 -14 business days a Maryland nursing license should be issued.  The Quick Results from Pearson Vue does not substitute for the official results.

I passed the NCLEX examination, will I receive a nursing license in the mail?

Effective April 1, 2007, the Board discontinued the printing of ALL nursing license.  Go to the Board's website, www.mbon.org and click on the icon Look Up A Licensee to verify licensure  status.  You will print a copy of the verification of your license from the webpage for your records.   You will also receive a certificate from the Board with your name and license number.

Do I need to get fingerprinted in order to obtain a nursing license?

Yes. In 2006, House Bill 1318 and Senate Bill 769 were passed requiring criminal history records checks. Criminal history records checks will be required of all new RN and LPN applicants after January 2, 2007.

How can I change my address?

It must be in writing and sent via email, letter or fax. Please provide the following:
  • Name, NEW Address
  • Nursing License Number
  • Documentation of your new legal address (copies of driver’s license, voters registration card, or federal income tax form)
  • Contact information.

Mail to:
Maryland Board of Nursing
Licensure Department
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Or fax to:  410-358-3530
Or send email to:  charlotte.thompson@maryland.gov
Your address update will be recorded within five to ten business days upon receipt.

How can I change my name?

It must be in writing and sent via email, letter or fax. Please provide the following:
(1)  Documentation stating your legal name changes (copies)
(2)  Your name as it appears on your Maryland nursing license
(3)  Your nursing license number
(4)  New name change to appear on the MBON data base
(5)   Your contact information.
 
Maryland Board of Nursing
Licensure Department
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Or fax to:  410-358-3530
Or send email to:  charlotte.thompson@maryland.gov
Your address update will be recorded within five to ten business days upon receipt.

Do you require continuing education (CE) for license renewal?

No. COMAR 10.27.01.12 Renewal of license states:
F. Persons applying for licensure renewal shall show evidence of 1000 hours of active nursing practice within the 5 years immediately preceding renewal.

Maryland is a practice state, CEU's are not required for licensure renewal.

I am not sure what is required for a state to be my home state of residency for compact privileges. What is the requirement?

If you live in a compact state, you must have one of the following to declare that state your home state of residency:
1.    a driver license in that state, or;
2.    an address from the state that you hold a voters registration, or;
3.    an address in that state by which you file your federal income taxes.

I need a copy of the Maryland Nurse Practice Act, where is it located?

The Nurse Practice Act is only accessible electronically via the Maryland Board of Nursing website under Nurse Practice Act & Regulations

 


Last update: March 19, 2013
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