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Nurse license WCN surcharge increases to $8 on July 24, 2023

Starting July 24, 2023 the Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) license surcharge will be $8.

This fee is a part of all Washington state RN and LPN applications and renewals.

About the WCN surcharge

  • Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) is the statewide nursing workforce center.
  • Per state law, all RNs and LPNs must pay this fee. (ARNPs pay it only on their RN license.)
  • Fees and surcharges on nurse licenses are mandated by the Washington State Legislature. These fees can't be changed or removed without the legislature’s approval.

 What you need to know

  • This fee increase starts July 24, 2023.
  • The fee total will be $8.
  • If you renew or apply online (recommended) the new fee amount will automatically be applied.
  • Your renewal card may have the wrong fee amount if it was sent before the legislation was enacted. We recommend renewing online to make sure it is correct.

More information:


Phone: 360-236-4703