Registered Nurse Certification in Utah is issued by the Utah State Board of Nursing (Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing), which aims at protecting the citizens and enhancing commerce through regulation and licensing. A registered nurse license infuses a sense of pride and enhances the confidence, provides better job opportunities, and boosts the salary of the nurses.
Requirements for acquiring RN Licensure in Utah
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Every applicant needs to fulfill the following eligibility criteria for RN licensure by examination:
- Complete the application form and provide fingerprints.
- Provide official transcript from your nursing school including the following details:
- Date of graduation.
- Completion of your nursing program and/or degree obtained.
- Cleared the licensure examination, NCLEX-RN with the minimum scores of 70%.
Applicants holding a license in another U.S. state or territory may apply for RN licensure by endorsement. They are required to meet the following requirements:
- Provide application form with the required details including the fingerprints.
- Submit verification of your licensure from the state you were initially licensed, by using either of the following methods:
- Using Nursys verification system:www.nursys.com
- If your state of licensure is not listed in the above link, use the “Request for Verification of License” form, attached to the application form.
- International graduates from a foreign nursing school are required to provide credentials from any one of the agency providing credentialing services like CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) and FIS (The Foundation for International Services, Inc.)
- Hold a current and active license in another state, territory, or country.
- If you hold your license in any of the compact states, you do not require applying Utah license.Compact states are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Procedure to Obtain RN Licensure
The applicants applying either by examination or endorsement are required to follow the below steps:
- Download the application form using this link – http://dopl.utah.gov/apps/RN_LPN_2014-04-25.pdf
- Provide an appropriate application processing fee of $100 made payable to the “DOPL”. This fee includes an application fee of $60, a surcharge fee of $20 for a FBI fingerprint file search, and a surcharge fee of $20 for a BCI fingerprint file search.
- Submit the completed application form including the fees and required documents to the following address:
- By Mail – Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741
- In person or by Express Mail – Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
1st Floor Lobby
160 E 300 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-2305
Verification of RN License
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To verify RN license, you may use any of the below methods:
- Using online services of the Board – http://1.usa.gov/1q6YjgI Use this link and search for licensure either by name and profession, or by license number.
- Online at – www.nursys.com
Renewal of RN License
All RNs holding an Utah license need to renew their license, in every two years, to continue their nursing practice in the state. All licenses expire on January 31. A renewal process fee of $58 is charged. The requirements for license renewal are:
- Completed nursing/licensed practice for at least 400 hours.
- Completed 15 contact hours of continuing education with at least 200 hours in licensed practice.
- Completed 30 contact hours of continuing education.
Methods to renew Utah license
- Online – The licenses may be renewed by paying with a debit or credit card and using this link – https://secure.utah.gov/doplrenewal/doplrenewal
- Paper application – All aspirants applying for renewal by using paper application must follow the steps below:
- Download the form here – http://www.dopl.utah.gov/Professions/Nursing/RN_2013_Renewal.pdf
- Read the complete information mentioned in the form.
- Mail the form with the required fee in the form of check or money order to –Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
PO Box 146741
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741.
Reinstatement of a Lapsed/Expired License
The applicants applying for reinstatement of their lapsed or expired license are required to submit the application for licensure (download it from “Procedure to obtain RN license” section) form with an additional reinstatement fee.
In case of lost, stolen, or destroyed Utah license, you may use any of the following two methods:
- By mail – You may request for duplicate license in writing and include a fee of $10 in the form of money order or check made payable to the “DOPL”. The duplicate license will be issued and mailed within 10-15 days to your address. You need to include the following information:
- Name (as mentioned in the license).
- License number.
- Current address.
- Phone number.Mail the written request to:Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
PO Box 146741,
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741
- In person at – You may visit the DOPL’s head office and have the duplicate copy printed. You need to pay the reprint fee of $10 by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or cash only, and show a government issued picture ID. The head office address is:Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
160 East 300 South,
Salt Lake City, Utah