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Application Processing Times

Our goal is to get you licensed and able to work as soon as possible.

We aim to issue a permanent license or temporary practice permit within 7 days of getting your complete application.

Some applications may take longer if:

  • There is a "yes" answer on any of the Personal Data questions.
  • The background check report is flagged.
  • It requires an education review*.
  • It is missing any supporting documents or requirements.

*If you completed your education outside of the United States, we need to review your official transcripts or education evaluation.

Current processing times

We are reviewing completed applications received by the dates listed below.

Application type

Applications being processed

ARNPs (by Exam and Endorsement)

November 20, 2023 to current date

RN and LPN by Endorsement

November 15, 2023 to current date

RN and LPN by Exam

November 15, 2023 to current date

Nursing Tech Registrations (NTECs)  

November 20, 2023 to current date

Reactivations (ARNP, LPN, RN)

November 20, 2023 to current date

Applications that are missing anything, or we have questions about, will take longer.

We will email you if we have an issue with your application.

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