Registered Nurse Certification in New Jersey

The New Jersey State Board of Nursing aims at protecting the safety and health of the public by providing exceptional customer service, proficient and well-organized nursing practice, and effective public policy, issues the license in the state. Registered Nurse Certification in New Jersey enhances the knowledge and skills in its nurses to promote health and the prevent diseases, thus helping patients to cope up with their recuperation process.

Requirements for acquiring RN Licensure in NJ

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1. Examination

The requirements to obtain RN certification by examination are:

  • For applicants graduated in the United States
    • Attach a recent (taken within the last six months) 2”x 2” full-face, clear passport-type photograph which includes your name printed on the backside of the photo.
    • Completed certification and authorization form.
    • Provide your U.S. Social Security Number.
    • Successfully cleared the criminal background check.
    • Passed the licensure exam, NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse).
    • Completed graduation from a nursing school approved by the Board.
    • Request your nursing school to send a signed and sealed “Official Letter of Program Completion”, directly to the Board of Nursing office.
    • Submit a non-refundable fee of $200.00 (which includes license fee of $120.00, application fee of $75.00 and a $5.00 surcharge fee) in the form of money order or personal check (while paying through paper application) made payable to the “New Jersey Board of Nursing”.
  • For applicants graduated in foreign nursing programs
    • Refer point number I-V mentioned above (In requirements for acquiring RN licensure by examination for applicants graduated in the United States).
    • Submit a transcript review which must include the full education course by course report performed by the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools).
    • Submit evidence of having successfully achieved minimum passing scores required in the English Proficiency Exam, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language exam). Submit the proof only to CGFNS.
    • Submit completed licensure application for graduates of any foreign nursing program, which includes the educational and experiential background details of the applicant.
    • Enclose a total non-refundable fee of $225.00 ($120.00 license fee, $100.00 application fee and a $5.00 surcharge fee) in the form of money order or personal check (while paying through paper application) made payable to the “New Jersey Board of Nursing”.


2. Endorsement

The requirements to obtain RN certification by endorsement are:

  • These requirements are same as point number I-III mentioned above (Refer requirements for acquiring RN licensure by examination for applicants graduated in the United States).
  • Submit the completed notarized application (if you are applying by paper application).
  • Provide the completed MorphoTrust universal form and provide a fee of $62.75 by personal check or money order made payable to the MorphoTrust.
  • If applicable, submit 2 fingerprints card (1 black-New Jersey and 1 blue-FBI).
  • Provide application fee of $200 by money order or personal check made payable to the “New Jersey Board of Nursing”.
  • Submit verification of your licensure from the state, in which you were initially licensed, or are currently working, and from all other states where you have held your license. If the state is not mentioned on this website –  www.nursys.com ,then, verification must be sent directly from the appropriate state to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing.

Procedure to Obtain RN License in New Jersey

1. Examination

The applicants must follow the below steps to acquire an RN licensure in New Jersey:

Step 1:

Complete the application form using any one of the following methods:

Step 2:

Register yourself to take the licensure exam, NCLEX-RN. You may use any of the following ways to register:

  • Online at – http://www.pearsonvue.com/nclex
  • Call toll free number – (866) 496-2539
  • By mail – If you wish to mail your application, provide your completed application form with the required testing fee of $200. Mail both the application and the fees.

Step 3:

After the approval of your application by the Board, an Authorization to Test (ATT) will be received from the testing service.

Step 4:

After receiving the ATT, schedule and appear for the exam.

2. Endorsement

The applicants are required to follow the given steps to acquire an RN licensure in the state:

Step 1:

Successfully complete the application form using any one of the following methods:

Step 2:

If you are presently residing, working or attending school in 10 or more miles beyond the borders of New Jersey, you may use manual fingerprint cards to satisfy the fingerprinting requirement by the Board. You need to enter your personal information in the following link for the Board to quicken the RN Endorsement process for you. Until you complete the details of your application form, the Board will send you all the required details necessary in the process for the fingerprinting portion of the criminal history background check.

http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nursing/inforequest.htm

Step 3:

Upon approval of all the documents by the Board, an RN license will be issued.

Verification of RN License

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You may use this link to verify your license online – https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verification/

After opening the above link, you will witness two options – business and person.

Business license is generally available for home improvement contractors; pharmacies; accountancy firms; cosmetology and hairstyling shops; funeral homes; barber shops; cemeteries; electrical contractor businesses; manicuring shops; skin care speciality shops; architects and engineers certificates of authorization; and public movers and warehouse men.

Renewal of RN License

All RN licenses need renewal in every 2 years. The candidates are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education in the specified period (i.e. two years).

Method to renew

Online at – 

http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/renew/renew.htm

You will need the following information to renew your license online:

  • Your license number.
  • Social Security Number – insert it without using numbers and hyphens.
  • User ID number (i.e. your 12-digit license number).
  • Password (i.e. your My License Code).

Click on the LOGON Button after entering the above information.

Duplicate License

If your license is lost, destroyed, misplaced, stolen, or never received, you may apply for a duplicate license.

Use this link to download the application form for duplicate license – http://bit.ly/TvAq6E

Reactivation of an Inactive License

All applicants who wish to reactivate their inactive license must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit appropriate reactivation fees mentioned in the following table:
Inactive to Inactive-Paid

$65.00

Inactive-Paid to Active

$60.00

Inactive to Active

$125.00

Expired to Inactive-Paid

$160.00

Submit the fee in the form of money order or check made payable to the “State of New Jersey”.

  • Attach a recent passport-type photograph on the application form.
  • Provide certification and authorization for a criminal history background check.
  • Provide a Certification of Employment with your signature and date indicating whether you were continuing your nursing practice, during the period when your license was at inactive status. It must also include the name, contact number, and address of every employer under whom you were continuing your practice. If you were practicing within the period of inactivity, you need to provide a complete description of the type of work or projects, in which you were engaged.
  • Submit proof of competency requirements:
    • The applicant must meet all the requirements for reactivation, if s/he is applying after more than 5 years of the expiry date of their license. They are required to pass the licensure exam for registered nurse, NCLEX-RN.
    • Provide proof of completion of a state approved refresher course which must include 30 hours of clinical and didactic education supervised by a professional instructor.
  • Submit the completed application with the required fee and documents to the Board office address mentioned on the reactivation form.

Reinstatement of a Lapsed License

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All applicants who want to reinstate their lapsed license are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Submit the required reactivation fees mentioned in the following table:

Year License Lapsed

Total Fee Due

1999

$845.00

2000

$900.00

2001

$780.00

2002

$835.00

2003

$715.00

2004

$770.00

2005

$650.00

2006

$705.00

2007

$585.00

2008

$585.00

2009

$465.00

2010

$465.00

2011

$345.00

2012

$345.00

2013

$225.00

2014

$225.00

Submit the fee in the form of money order or check made payable to the “State of New Jersey”.

  • Refer point number 3-7 of the requirements mentioned for reactivation.

Fees

You may use the following link to view the complete fee structure for RN certification in the state:

http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/fees/nursing.pdf


 

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