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Registered Nurse Certification in North Dakota

Registered Nurse Certification in North Dakota helps nurses to carry out their nursing practice in a more effective and well-organized manner. The RN certification is issued by the North Dakota State Board of Nursing, which aims at providing better health facilities to the residents of the state.

Requirements to obtain RN Licensure

1. Examination

The applicants applying for registered nurse certification by examination are required to fulfill all the eligibility conditions such as-

  • Successfully completed an in-state nursing education program approved by the board or out-of-state nursing education program that must fulfill the following requisites:
    • It must be approved by another nursing board.
    • It must include supervised clinical experience covering the entire curriculum and must be equivalent in time and amount to the programs approved by the Board.
  • After completing your nursing education program, request your nursing school to send an official transcript directly to the Board of Nursing office, which must include your grades and degree conferred. You may send these transcripts electronically through the National Student Clearing House, if your nursing school is a part of it or you may download a paper application by using this link – opening the above link, click on “Request for Release of Transcript form” under Official Transcripts column and the form will be downloaded directly in your computer.
  • Submit an appropriate fee of $130 via PayPal account, debit card, credit card, or checking account information.

2. Endorsement

The candidates requesting for RN license by endorsement are required to meet all the following eligibility conditions:

  • Passed any one of the following licensure exams:
    • NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse)
    • SBTPE (State Board Test Pool Examination)
  • Completed any ONE of the following:
    • 400 hours of nursing practice within the past 4 years
    • Nursing program in the last 4 years
    • Refresher course approved by the board during the last 4 years
  • Completed nursing program with the following specifications:
    • The nursing program must include supervised clinical experience.
    • It must have prepared you for the level of licensure as in NDCC 43-12.1-09(2) (b)
  • Provide a requisite fee of $160 in the form of debit card, PayPal account, credit card, or checking account information.
  • Submit Verification of licensure from the state where you were originally licensed. If you do not have an active license in that state, you need to submit verification of your license from the state where you presently hold an active license.To obtain this verification, you may use the online verification system to complete the electronic verification process – www.nursys.comIf your state of licensure is not present in the above link, you may download the paper application from the following link –

    After opening the above link, click on “Verification of License form here” under Verification of Licensure column and the form will be downloaded directly in your computer.

  • All the other requirements are same as the above mentioned requirements (Refer point numbers II-III of requirements of RN license by examination).

Requirements for International Graduates:

All applicants graduated from an international nursing education program must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure by examination:

  • Must possess a Social Security Number (SSN) in U.S.
  • Provide the certificate issued by the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools). The certificate is not required, if you have completed your graduation from Canadian English-speaking schools.
  • The nursing education program through which you have completed your graduation must be equivalent to the nursing programs in North Dakota. You are required to submit a transcript by a national credentialing service, verifying the compatibility to North Dakota education requirements.
  • Request, complete, and submit the required applications to the testing service and to the board office; pay the appropriate fees and request your nursing program or the credentialing service to send the college transcripts directly to the board office.

Procedure to Obtain RN License

1. Examination

The step by step procedure to gain an RN certificate is-

Step 1:

Complete the application form using the following link:

Step 2:

Register with the testing service, Pearson VUE to take the exam by:

Online at –

Call: 1-866-496-2539

Step 3:

Upon completion of registration, the Board will be notified by the NCLEX Candidate Services.

Step 4:

When your eligibility is deemed by the Board, you will receive an ATT (Authorization to Test) with 90 days validity from the testing service via email. After receiving the ATT, schedule your appointment and take the exam, NCLEX-RN.

Step 5:

To obtain the results, you may visit the Pearson VUE website and enter your username and password.

Step 6:

After the completion of all the required documents, fees, and application, you will be issued a non renewable “Work Authorization”, if you have completed their application for licensure within sixty days of graduation. It is valid for 90 days.

2. Endorsement

The step by step procedure to acquire an RN license by endorsement is-

Step 1:

Complete the endorsement application form using the following link:

Step 2:

Temporary Permit

To obtain a temporary permit for 90 days, you must send the following documents to the Board Office:

  • Completed online endorsement application
  • Fee
  • Official transcripts or verification of licensure

Step 3:

Full Licensure

To obtain a full licensure, you need to submit the following documents to the Board Office:

  • Complete RN Endorsement Application
  • Submit required fee
  • Provide official transcripts
  • The criminal history record check has been approved

Verification of RN License

All RNs may verify their license using the following link:

Renewal of RN License

All RN licenses in North Dakota expire in every two years. A fee of $120 is charged on every renewal.


You must fulfil the following requirements in order to renew your license:

  • Completed at least 12 contact hours of continuing education within the preceding 2 years.
  • All applicants who have received initial licensure through examination are not required to complete any contact hours of continuing education on the first renewal of their nursing license.  These requirements have already been met through their academic coursework.
  • The applicants applying for reactivation of their license may use the contact hours of their refresher course for the first renewal cycle.
  •  Practice requirements- The applicants are required to complete 400 working hours during the preceding 4 years.Note: If you have completed a refresher course or have graduated in the past 4 years with less than 400 hours of practice, you do not need to fulfill this requirement.

Method to renew:

You will need the following information to renew your license:

  • First Name and Last Name
  • U.S. Social Security Number
  • License Number
  • Number of working hours of the current year.  The hours should be separated between the two mentioned years.
  • Payment Method: PayPal Account, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, credit, debit card, or Checking Account information.

Use this link to renew your license online –

The above link is available from October 1st to December 31st every year. If you want to renew your license outside the specified months, you are required to contact the North Dakota Board of Nursing via any of the following ways:

Call – 701-328-9778
Email –

Late Renewals:

You may download the late renewal form using the following link, if it is the month of January and your license expired on December 31st of the preceding year:

The forms are available only in the month of January and a fee of $240 is charged.

Reactivation of Inactive License

The requirements for reactivation are same as the requirements of renewal. You may download the reactivation form using the following link:

The form is available at the end of the page.

Note: Read the instructions mentioned on the page.

Information Change

You may use the following link to update your name, telephone, address, primary state of residence, and email:

Re-take the NCLEX exam

If you fail in your licensure exam, NCLEX-RN, you may take the exam after 45 days from the date you took the last test. You are not required to pay any fee, if you are applying for a retest within one year of your most recent application fee. Otherwise, a fee of $130 is charged. You need to carry out the same procedure as mentioned in the “Procedure to obtain RN license by examination”, with an exception that no work authorization will be issued.

Use the following link to fill an application for retest:

Status Check

You may check the status of your submitted application using the following link:

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