Maryland Board of Nursing
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-2254
Licensure By Endorsement –
Please note: If you have ever been licensed in
Maryland, DO NOT COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION. Call the board
office for renewal instructions.
If you are a nurse
who is licensed in a compact state, and you have a compact
license, DO NOT COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION
- Go to our website, www.mbon.org
and select Nurse Multistate
Compact from the left side of our homepage.
Download and complete the Declaration of
Residence Form and fax it to the Board at
- If you are a nurse who has a
compact license, and you are moving to Maryland, you
must apply for a license by endorsement. You can work
on your compact state license for thirty days.
You have only thirty
days to obtain your Maryland license once you have
Licensure and application fees are
The endorsement fee covers the cost of processing the
application for licensure. There is no fee for the initial license. The license
will, however, be subject to annual renewal during your birth month, which may
occur in less than one year of licensure.
READ ALL ENDORSEMENT INSTRUCTIONS
- ONLY ORIGINAL APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED, NO
- Print and use only capital letters, one letter
per box, skipping one box between words.
- Use black or blue pen only, not pencil or felt
tip pen. Use white-out for corrections.
- Use abbreviations when possible. Where mm/dd/yy
appears, use numbers to describe the month, day, and year (i.e.
- Leave a box blank, or mark with an “X” but
do not circle or write anything outside of the boxes on the form. You
need to complete all information.
- Question #15: The following codes are to
be used if you reside in Maryland. If you reside in the District of
Columbia, use code 25. If you live out of state, use code 26.
|02 Anne Arundel
|03 Baltimore City
||17 Prince Georges
|04 Baltimore Co.
||18 Queen Annes
||25 District of
||19 St. Mary’s
||26 Out of State
Your name must be the same on your application,
and your supporting documents. Use the name that you want to appear on your
license. If you have a legal change of name, you must provide copies of
your documents and notify the Board of Nursing in writing of your change of
name. If you want your middle name to appear on the license, print your middle
name, not an initial.
1. Address section: Complete “Section 17.
Country” only if you are currently residing outside of the United
2. If you have had a criminal conviction(s) or
disciplinary action taken against your license in any state “Section 21.
Discipline”, you must submit a separate page with a complete description and
explanation of each incident and submit court documents for review.
3. Tape one recent passport type, full-face photo
(2" X 2") to the application where indicated. Print your name on the
back of the photo before you attach it to the application.
4. Mail your completed application to the Board with
a money order or check for $100.00 payable to the “Maryland Board
of Nursing” . Applications will not be reviewed until all required
documentation is received. It generally takes 4-6 weeks to process the
application and issue a license.
Criteria for Licensure Endorsement
1. Licensure by examination as a registered
nurse or a licensed practical nurse in another United States jurisdiction
administering the National Council Licensure Examination (since July 1982) or
the State Board Test Pool Examination (prior to July 1982); and
Completion of a state approved program for registered nursing education
for RN licensure or completion of a state approved program for licensed
practical nursing education for LPN licensure; and
from the state of ORIGINAL licensure by examination that is in good
standing. The license to practice nursing has not been revoked in that or any
other state; and
4. A minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing
practice, or a new nursing graduate in the five years preceding the
application, or the satisfactory completion of a Board approved
refresher course; and
5. Oral (spoken) competence in the English
- Graduation from a recognized English speaking
professional school located in Australia, Canada (except Quebec),
Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States is
acceptable as proof of spoken English proficiency.
- If you did not graduate from nursing school
in an area listed above, you must submit a passing score report
from one of the following Oral English Tests PRIOR TO LICENSURE.
ORAL ENGLISH TESTS
- Take and pass either the ILA OPI, TSE,
TOEFL iBT, or the IELTS.
- Have scores sent to the Maryland Board of
- A score of 50 is passing on
- A score of 3 is passing on the
- A score of 26 is passing on
the TOEFL iBT.
- The Board accepts the IELTS if
administered on October 01, 2005, or later. A score
of 7 or higher on speaking, 6 or higher on all other
modules, and 6.5 or higher overall is passing on the IELTS.
For testing information or to obtain an
application, please contact:
TSE or TOEFL iBT: www.ets.org
Rosedale Rd, Princeton, NJ 08541
ILA OPI: www.mbon.org/licensure/opi
6400 Baltimore National Pike #211
This is an in-person test offered in Maryland with results in
less than one month.
IELTS: If testing after October 1, 2005,
contact www.ielts.org for an
6. Criminal History Records Check (Background
Check) must be completed for all applications received after January 1,
Check the attached NURSYS® License Verification
Request Form to see if your state of original licensure by examination
- If your state is listed, you must
provide verification of your licensure through NURSYS®. You may
complete this online at www.nursys.com,
or by mailing the NURSYS® paper verification form to the National
Council in Chicago, Illinois. Fees are required for license
- If your original state of licensure by
examination is not listed, complete the top portion of the attached Verification of Original Licensure Form
and contact that Board of Nursing for mailing address information
and to determine the correct fee to enclose with this form.
The Maryland Board of Nursing must receive this
verification form directly from the Board of Nursing that licensed you by
examination before the application is compete. Verification forms cannot be
accepted from the applicant or hand carried to the Maryland Board office.
Declaration of Residence
The Declaration of Residence Form must be completed
and returned with your application.
Licensure By Endorsement Checklist
The Licensure by Endorsement checklist must be
completed and returned with your application.
Forensic Nurse Examiners and
Workers Compensation Case Managers
The State of Maryland requires Forensic Nurse
Examiners and Workers’ Compensation Case Managers to be certified by this
Board in addition to being licensed as a registered nurse in this State, in
order to practice in Maryland. The RN-FNE and RN-WCCM certification applications
are available to download from our website at www.mbon.org. Select Advanced
Practice nursing from the left side of our homepage and following the link to
the application. Contact Emmaline Woodson email@example.com
the Board office if you require additional information.
Advanced Practice Certification
Nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse
anesthetists, and nurse psychotherapists must be certified by this Board in
addition to being licensed as a registered nurse in this State, in order to
practice in Maryland. Contact Sharon Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
(410-585-1930) or Quandra Horton email@example.com (410-585-1926) at the
Board office to request an application for advanced practice certification. The
$100.00 fee for initial certification in Maryland is
non-refundable. There is an
additional non-refundable $25.00 fee for second and third certifications.
Temporary License – Instructions
If you have ever had a Maryland temporary or
permanent license, do not complete this application. Call the Board for
Licensure in Maryland is required prior to practice.
It is unlawful for any person to use the title, “Nurse”, or to practice in
Maryland without a license from the Maryland Board of Nursing. The purpose of
the temporary license is to permit a nurse who is licensed by examination (NCLEX
or SBTPE) in another U.S. state or jurisdiction to practice nursing in Maryland
while processing and evaluating of the endorsement application takes place.
Temporary licensure expires 90 calendar days after
the date of issuance. It cannot be renewed; therefore, practice must cease upon
expiration of the temporary license.
Licensure by endorsement requires the submission of
an endorsement application and $100.00 fee. A temporary license requires a separate
application and $40 Fee. If you are applying for both, you must submit two
separate applications. You may combine the fees in one payment if you submit the
applications at the same time. ($100 Endorsement application fee + $40 Temporary
license application fee = $140 total)
DIRECTIONS TO APPLICANT
- Complete all information required on the front of
- Attach a copy of your current active nursing license
issued in another U.S. jurisdiction.
- Attach temporary license fee of $40.00. Make check or money order payable to the Maryland Board of Nursing. DO
NOT SEND CASH.
- Mail or bring application to the Board office. If you come
in person to obtain a temporary license you must have a valid picture
identification (Drivers license, age of majority card, etc.), to verify your
identity, before the license will be issued.
- Criminal History Records
Check (Background Check) must be completed for all applications received on or
after January 2, 2007.
- All information must be completed and fee
paid before a temporary license will be issued. Temporary licenses may be issued
to applicants who bring their completed application to the Board office. The
Maryland Board of Nursing is available to issue a temporary license Mondays,
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and on
Wednesdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Maryland Board of Nursing will be
closed in observance of all State of Maryland holidays.
Issuance of a temporary license does NOT guarantee
that the applicant is qualified for licensure by endorsement.
Last update: August 27, 2009
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Martin O'Malley, Governor
Anthony Brown, Lt. Governor
Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary