Registered Nurse Certification in How to Become an RN in Minnesota: Nursing License Application and Renewal Guide

Registered nurse certification in Minnesota is offered by the Minnesota Nursing Board, which works towards protecting and securing the health and safety of the people by regulating nursing licensure, education, and practice. Every individual who wish to practice nursing in the state must hold an RN license or temporary permit.

Requirements for Obtaining RN Licensure

The applicants may apply for RN license either by examination or by endorsement.

1. Examination

The requirements for licensure by examination are:

  • Submit the completed application form.
  • Submit a non-refundable fee of $115.50 in the form of money order or cashier’s check. The fee includes $105.00 as application fee and $10.50 for eLicensing surcharge.
  • Pass the licensing exam, NCLEX-RN with a minimum score of 70%.
  • The candidates must have no disciplinary action against them.
  • Provide certificate of completion of nursing program from your nursing school.
  • If any change in your application occurs like change in name, address or other information, send notification to the Board and provide legal documents verifying the change in information.
    • Requirements for applicants educated in Canada
      In addition to the above mentioned examination requirements, the applicants must also fulfill the below requisites:

      • Provide verification of licensure from your nursing school in Canada where you were originally licensed and your current U.S. state/jurisdiction where you are licensed currently.
      • If you have never been licensed in Canada, provide official transcript from your nursing program to the Board.
    • Requirements for applicants educated in a foreign country excluding Canada
      • Submit CES (Credentials Evaluation Service) professional report to be sent directly from the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) to the Board.
      • If your native language is not English, then you must pass any one of the following English proficiency test with minimum scores:
        • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): The acceptable minimum scores are 84 with speaking score of 560 (paper), 220 (computer-based), or 26 (internet-based).
        • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): The acceptable overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in all modules.
        • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): The passing score of 81 with speaking section score of 3.

2. Endorsement

The candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria in order to get certified. These requirements are listed below:

  • Provide completed application form.
  • Submit a non-refundable fee of $115.50 which includes $105.00 as application fee and $10.50 for eLicensing surcharge. The fee must be paid through money order or cashier’s check.
  • Submit verification of licensure.
    • Submit verification of initial licensure from the state, or territory in which you were originally licensed , or
    • Submit verification of licensure from the state, or territory in which you are currently practicing as a registered nurse.
      Note: If the state in which you were licensed originally is same as the current state, you must submit only one verification.
  • Submit completed nursing employment form, if you have ever worked as a nurse in past. You may download the form using the following link:


  • If you need to take a refresher course or need to report continuing education, request the Board to provide the letter.
  • You may request for a temporary permit on the application form to continue your practice.

Procedure to Obtain RN License

1. By Examination

For acquiring Minnesota licensure by examination, the applicants must follow the given steps.

  • Register yourself with the Pearson VUE to take the licensure exam (i.e. NCLEX-RN) using the below link:
  • After receiving the ATT (Authorization to Test) by the testing service via e-mail, schedule and take the test within 90 days.
  • Upon approval of all the documents, the license will be issued in approximately 10 business days.

2. By Endorsement

The applicants licensed in another U.S. state or territory by examination, may apply for Minnesota licensure by endorsement. The procedure is given below.

  • When all the required documents are approved, license will be issued.

Verification of RN License

The applicants applying for RN license in the state are required to submit license verification to Minnesota Board of Nursing. They may use any of the following ways:

Renewal of RN License

To continue nursing practice, all RN licensees in Minnesota are required to renew their license in every two years. They are required to complete 24 contact hours of nursing education during a period of two years (24 months).

Methods to Renew RN License

RNs may renew their license by using either of the two methods:

Status Check

The applicants may check the status of their licensure by following the below given instructions.

  • Open the following link:
  • After this, select the “Applicant” and enter the required details, i.e., your social security number, first name, last name, and password. Now click on the “Log In” button.
  • On the next page, your personal information will be displayed.
  • Click on the link that says either “Open Licensure by Exam” or “Open Endorsement” on the right side of the screen.
  • After clicking on the link, the status of your licensure application will be shown.

Fee Structure

The applicants may refer the following link to view the complete licensure fee structure:

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