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Registered Nurse Certification in Illinois

Registered nurse certification in Illinois assures the patients about the knowledge and skills of the nurses, who take care of them. RN certificate accelerates your career by enhancing your competency, credibility, earning potential, job satisfaction and professional growth. The license is issued by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, which aims to produce more number of highly qualified and skilled nursing professionals, to meet the health care requirements in the state.

Requirements for Getting RN License

1. Examination

The requirements to obtain RN license by examination in the state includes:

  • Pay the appropriate application fee in the form of money order or certified check which must be payable to the “Continental Testing Services, Inc.”
  • Submit a criminal background check as well as proof of fingerprint processing from the Illinois State Police, or from any of its designated agent.
  • Complete the application process within 3 years from the date on which the Department receive your application. If you do not complete the process within the specified 3 years, your application will be denied automatically and fee will be forfeited. You will be required to meet the eligibility criteria all over again including the submission of proof verifying successful completion of a minimum of 2 additional years of professional nursing education.
    • If you have completed your  education in the United States or any one of its territories, you are required to submit the following documents:
      • Licensure and/or Examination application;
      • Verification of Licensing Board/Agency (CT-NUR Form) – Provide verification of your licensure from current state of licensure, original state of licensure, and from any other jurisdiction where you have actively practiced in past five years. Request the appropriate board or agency to return the completed verification back to you, so that, you may submit it with your application.
      • Certificate of Education (ED-NUR Form):  This form must be affixed with school seal and signed by the Director or Dean of your nursing program, signifying your graduation from the Department approved nursing education program or have received a certificate of completion of all the pre-licensure necessities from any other United State  jurisdiction;
    • Required fees.

2. Endorsement

Applicants who already hold a license in another state, may apply for licensure by endorsement in the state. Besides fulfilling the above mentioned requirements (ii to iv), you also need to submit a completely filled supporting document CCA along with the application for Licensure and/or Examination.

Note- If you have applied for a temporary endorsement permit previously, you do not need to resubmit this form.

Educated Outside U.S. or its Territories

If you have completed your education outside the United States or its territories, you are required to submit the following documents:

    • Application for licensure by exam or endorsement;
    • Completely filled supporting document CCA;
    • CT-NUR Form;
    • Submit the following evidence of education to the Department:
      • Provide a credentials evaluation report of your foreign nursing education from any credentialing service approved by the Department. The report must indicate evidence of licensure in that particular country of education. One such service is the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) Credentials Evaluation Service (CES). The requisite report is the Healthcare Profession & Science Course-by-Course Report. The Division will download the evaluation report directly from the website of CGFNS as soon as it becomes available. You may also contact CGFNS Credentials Evaluation Service at: Credentials Evaluation Service
        3600 Market Street, Suite 400
        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- 19104-2651
        Phone: 215-349-8767
        Website: In addition, ERES (Educational Records Evaluation Service), a nursing educational credentialing agency approved by the Division, also provides the required Course-by-Course and Nursing Evaluation Report.You may contact ERES at the following address:Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc.
        601 University Avenue, Suite 127
        Sacramento, California- 95825
        Phone: 916-921-0790
      • Additionally, if your native language is other than English, you must submit certification of passage of the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The minimum scores required for passing the TOEFL exam are:
        • Paper-based test: 560
        • Computer-based test: 220
        • Internet-based test: 83

These TOEFL scores are only valid for a period of two years.

  • In place of the above educational requirements, you may also submit proof of issuance of the following original certificates from the CGFNS:
    • Visa Screen Program Certificate
    • CGFNS Certificate
  • Submit the required fees.

Procedure to Obtain RN License in Illinois

1. Through Examination

The step-by-step procedure to acquire certification in the state of Illinois is as follows:

Step 1: Complete the application for licensure by examination using any one of the following methods:

Step 2: You may refer the following link for further instructions related to filling the examination application:

Step 3: Register with the testing agency before or just after submitting the licensure application to take the licensure test, NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination). You may use any of the following ways to complete the registration:

  • Online at: the above link, and then select “Register” option. The registration fee of $200 can be paid via American Express, Visa, or MasterCard.OR
  • By mail:You may request the Board of Nursing office to send an NCLEX registration form. Provide essential details in the form and include an appropriate fee of $200.0 in the form of a money order or cashier’s check made payable to the NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing). Mail it to the following address: NCLEX Operations
    Post Office Box 64950
    St. Paul, Minnesota- 55164-0950.

Step 4: When all your essential documents are approved, the Board will inform the testing agency, Pearson VUE, making you eligible to take the licensure exam.

Step 5: Pearson VUE will send you an ATT (Authorization to Test) via email or on the address provided by you during the registration process.

Step 6: Upon receiving the ATT, schedule the licensure exam.

Step 7: The Board will mail you the result of the exam within 2-3 weeks after giving the exam.

2. Endorsement

To apply for licensure by endorsement in the state, one must follow the below procedure.

  •  Use any one of the following methods to complete the licensure application by endorsement :
  • Carefully read the instructions specified in the endorsement application form, or you may also use the following link to read the instructions:
  • Upon successful approval of all your documents and application, the licensure will be issued by the Board.

Certification of License

Certifications of Licensure comprise the licensee name, license issuance date and expiration date, license status and number, and also the process of licensure and disciplinary action, if applicable. The certifications also consist of the seal of the Department and official signature.

In case, you are applying for RN licensure in any other state, you are required to request for an Illinois certification by mail. Submit your request in writing to the following mailing address:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation
320 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62786

You ought to furnish the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Mailing address
  • License number
  • U.S. issued social security number
  • Date of birth
  • The address and name of the State Board where you want to send the certification
  • Required fees via money order or check made payable to the “Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.”

Certification Fee

All applicants who are requesting for certifications must submit a fee of $20 excluding the list of professions given below.


S. no.




Real Estate Professions, including Home inspectors, auctioneers, and appraisers



Limited Liability Companies

no fee


Medical Corporations

no fee


Professional Service Corporations

no fee

Renewal of RN License

All RN licenses in the state of Illinois expire after every 2 years. In order to renew it, applicants must complete 20 contact hours of continuing education.

Online Method of Renewal RN license in IL

  • E-Batch Renewals for Employers E-Batch renewals can only be used by businesses, in order to renew licenses for their employees. E-Batch renewals are carried out by creating pre-setup ACH accounts that employers utilize to renew licenses for a group of employees. You must fill the E-Batch user agreement form, which may be downloaded using the following link: you already have an account on E-Batch, then use the following link:

Verification/License Lookup

You may use the following link to search for your license:

The license look-up information includes the following information:

  • Name of the Board
  • License status and number
  • Business name
  • First and last name of the licensee
  • City, state, zip and county

Presently, there is no fee charged for this service. If you are not able to find or search the information of the licensee while using the License Look-up page, you can request the Illinois Department in writing. The mailing address of the Department is mentioned above.

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