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Registered Nurse Certification in Maryland

RNs perform various crucial tasks like they attend their patients; observe, examine, and record the symptoms; help in the recuperation and treatment of patients; lend a helping hand to the physicians during surgery, healing, and assessment. Registered nurse certification in Maryland is considered to be an important milestone in a nurse’s career. The licensure displays the commitment of an RN towards lifelong learning and towards their profession. The Maryland Board of Nursing issues licenses in the state.

Requirements to Obtain RN License in Maryland

1. Examination

You must satisfactorily meet all the below given requirements to obtain licensure in the state:

    • Submit Maryland Board of Nursing Licensure application.
    • Submit a properly formatted passport-type photograph.
    • Complete criminal history background record check. For detailed information, click on the following link: residents of Maryland can use the following form: you are not residing in Maryland, you can drop an e-mail to with your current mailing address and name to receive the Background Check forms.
    • Completed Board approved nursing education program.
    • Submit the completed application for “Declaration of Primary State of Residence.” Use the below link to download the application:
    • Complete nursing education program in another state, which is significantly equivalent to the nursing program found in the state.
    • Successfully meet up the Spoken English testing requirements if you are from Puerto Rico.
      • Oral English Test
        • Take either the ILA (Inter-American Language Associates, Inc.) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
        • For the ILA OPI Application, click on the following link:

        • Send the scores to the Maryland Board of Nursing.
        • The minimum passing scores are:
          • ILA OPI – 3
          • TOEFL iBT – 26
          • IELTS – 6.5 overall score, 7 in speaking, and 6 on all other modules.

All graduates who have completed their graduation outside United States may prove their competency in English either by passing the oral English test (described above) or by completing graduation from nursing education programs of a minimum of 3 years or more duration and located in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada except Quebec, Ireland, or New Zealand. The program should be standardized by the Board.

    • If you have completed your graduation outside the United States:
      • Credentials Evaluation Service Application
        • Complete the online application and submit the appropriate fee to CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools).
        • Complete and mail request for academic records to your nursing school.
        • Complete and mail request for validation of registration to your licensing organization.

When all three required applications are received by the CGFNS, they will complete and mail the report to the Board.

    • You also need to take up oral English test (explained above).

2. Endorsement

The applicants requesting for RN licensure by endorsement in Maryland are required to meet all the following eligibility conditions:

  • Some pre-requisites (i-iii) are same as mentioned in the licensure by examination requirements.
  • Submit appropriate initial licensure fee of $100. An additional fee of $40 will be charged if you are applying for a temporary permit.
  • Do not hold current license in any compact state. Compact states include: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Idaho, Maine, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • Submit proof of active employment. If you do not have a supervised clinical component in your nursing education program, then you are required to submit evidence of completion of 1,000 hours of active nursing practice in 1 year (12 months) prior to the date of licensure application. Mail this proof to the following address:Maryland Board of Nursing
    Endorsement Department
    4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland – 21215
  • Provide verification of your original nursing licensure by using any of the following ways:

Procedure to Obtain RN License

1. Examination

The step wise process to obtain registered nurse certification in Maryland is:

Step 1: Complete the licensure application by requesting an NCLEX exam application at the following email address:

Step 2: Register with the testing vendor, Pearson VUE, prior submission of licensure application form, in order to take the licensure examination. To complete the registration procedure, you may use any one of the following ways:

  • Online on “Register” option after opening the above link. The registration fee of $200 can be paid via Visa, American Express, or MasterCard.
  • Paper ApplicationYou may ask the Board of Nursing office to mail you an NCLEX registration form. After finishing the necessary details of the form and including a suitable fee of $200.0 in the form of a money order or cashier’s check (made payable to the NCSBN), mail it to the following address:NCLEX Operations
    Post Office Box 64950,
    St. Paul, Minnesota- 55164-0950

Step 3: When all your documents are approved, the Board will notify the Pearson VUE, qualifying you to take the licensure exam.

Step 4: Pearson VUE will send you an Authorization to Test (ATT) via email or on your residence address provided by you during the registration.

Step 5: As soon as you receive the ATT, contact the Pearson VUE as quick as possible and schedule and take the examination.

Step 6: The results will be received by you from the Board in approximately 4 weeks after completion of the exam.

Step 7: When all the conditions are met, Maryland license will be issued by the Board and you may start your nursing practice in the state.

2. Endorsement

The applicants applying for licensure by endorsement are required to follow the below procedure.

  • Complete the licensure application online by clicking on this link:
  • Pay the required fee through VISA card or MasterCard card.
  • When the application is processed and all the documents are approved, Maryland license will be issued by the Board.

Re-take the Licensure Exam

If you have failed in the NCLEX-RN exam, you can schedule to re-take the examination after 45 days. You can download the reschedule application using the following link:

This application is sent with all the past NCLEX failure results. You need to return it to the Board office after filling it and affixing all the requisite documents.

Renewal of RN License in MD

All nurses need to renew their license biennially, i.e., every two years depending on their birth year. So far, the state does not require to fulfill any continuing education requirements to renew the certificate.

Use the following link to renew your license online:

To renew online, you need to enter the following information:

  • Your full name as it appears in the database of the Board
  • Your nursing license number
  • U.S. Social Security Number (SSN)
  • A valid e-mail id
  • Details of your Visa or MasterCard debit card/credit card

You are not deemed as eligible to renew your certification online in the following cases:

  • If you have not renewed your certificate within one year or longer since the last renewal.
  • Since last renewal, you have disciplinary action, misdemeanor or felony against your license.
  • If your license begins with ‘AC’.
  • If you do not have Social Security Number in the database of the Board.

Inactive to Active License Status

All candidates applying for an active licensure are required to complete either nursing school or 1,000 practice hours as a nurse during the last five years. Those who have not completed either of the two options can take a refresher course.

After successful completion of the refresher course approved by the Board, all applicants who hold an inactive license are required to submit the following:

  • Replica of the course certificate verifying the successful completion of the course.
  • Completed “Conversion from Inactive or Volunteer to Active” form. Click below to download the form:
  • Completed “Supplemental Renewal” form. Download the form using the following link:
  • Pay the “RN Inactive/Volunteer to Active conversion fee” in the form of a money order or check made payable to the “Maryland Board of Nursing”.

Once all the above mentioned documents are received and approved by the Board, an active Maryland license will be issued.

License Lookup / Verification

To search an RN certificate, you may look up by using any of the following information:

  • Last Name, or
  • First and last name, or
  • License number, or
  • Last name and License Number

If you are not sure about the spelling, you may carry out a ‘wildcard’ search by simply placing an asterisk (*) before or/and after the name or part of the name.

Use the below link to look for a license:

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