End of COVID-19 Emergency Orders and State of Emergency by October 31

On Sept. 8, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the upcoming rescission of all remaining COVID-19 emergency proclamations and state of emergency by Oct. 31.

Washington State Nurse License Applications

If you want to practice nursing in Washington State, you must have a Washington State license. 

    Apply for a License 

    Listen to our Licensing BONcast to learn about the licensing process in Washington State. Plus tips on what you can do to ensure a smooth process.

    Note: We don’t process applications for Nursing Assistants. The Department of Health (DOH) does.

    Important information

    These situations may or may not apply to you.

    If we need you to do an FBI background check, or send us your official transcripts, we will contact you.

    FBI Background Check (Fingerprints)

    You may be required to submit a fingerprint background check. We will email you if required.

    • After we get your application, we will email you information on how to get and send DOH your fingerprints through Live Scan or on fingerprint cards.
    • You must either complete this process through a Live Scan facility in Washington State or obtain the fingerprint cards from the place you get the fingerprinting done.
    • DOH completes the FBI background check through the Washington State Patrol and FBI.
    • We may issue you a temporary practice permit (TPP) while we wait for the FBI background check to complete. If you are issued a TPP, you must complete the FBI background check at your earliest convenience to avoid closure of your application for licensure.  
    Official Transcripts

    Electronic transcripts

    If your school uses one of the approved electronic transcript services below, please have them send your official transcripts to nurselicensing@doh.wa.gov:

    • E-Script
    • Parchment
    • Student Clearing House
    Please do not have official transcripts sent until you have completed your nursing education program and your degree has been posted. 

    Paper transcripts

    If your school doesn't use an electronic transcript service, please request transcripts be mailed to the address below. Make sure your transcripts have your degree and graduation date posted.

    Mail transcripts to:

         Attn: Licensing Unit
         Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
         PO Box 47864
         Olympia, WA 98504-7864  

    Name Change Information

    If you previously applied for a healthcare license through the Department of Health (DOH) and then changed your name, you must update your contact information.

    Military Spouse or Domestic Partner

    Under Washington State law, the spouse or state-registered domestic partner of a service member of any branch of the U.S. Military, including National Guard or Reserve, applying for a health care professional credential may be eligible for the expedited application process by submitting the following:

    A copy of your spouse’s or registered domestic partner’s military transfer orders to Washington state. A copy of your marriage certificate or a copy of a state’s declaration or registration showing a state registered domestic partnership with a member of the U.S. military.

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