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Registered Nurse Certification in Rhode Island

Registered nurse certification in Rhode Island instills confidence in nurses and a sense of trust among patients and their family members. The certification is issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health, which intend to protect the citizens of the state from unqualified and unauthorized application of services by the people involved in the profession of nursing.

Requirements for Getting Registered Nurse Licensure in RI

The aspirants can opt either of the following methods to acquire their RN license in the state of Rhode Island.

1. Examination

The requirements to get licensure by examination include:

  • For U.S. Graduates
    • Submit fee of $135.00 in the form of check or money order made payable to the “General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island”.
    • Attach your recent and valid passport-type photo.
    • Submit an official transcript from your nursing school which includes the degree conferred and graduation date. Enclose it with the licensure application in a sealed envelope provided from your graduation school.
    • Register with the Department of Attorney General (“AG”) to complete the national criminal background check. Send the report directly from the Department of Attorney General (“AG”) to the Rhode Island Board of Nursing. For any further information, click on the following link:
  • For Foreign-Trained Nurses In addition to the above requirements, all foreign-trained nurses are also required to complete the requirements of the CGFNS (Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools).Contact the CGFNS at:Credentials Evaluation Service
    3600 Market Street, Suite 400
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- 19104-2651
    Phone: 215-349-8767

2. Endorsement

If you presently hold an RN license in another U.S. territory or state, you may apply for licensure by endorsement in the state. You must meet the following requirements:

  • For U.S. GraduatesThe requirements are almost similar to the requirements mentioned above for U.S. graduates. In addition, you must also meet the following eligibility criteria:
    • Complete graduation from a Board-approved nursing program.
    • Provide copy of an active, out-of-state licensure.
    • Proof of primary address which includes copy of tax return or driver’s license.
    • Submit verification of licensure from the board which issued your original licensure as well as from all other state boards where you have ever held an RN license.
  • For Foreign-Trained NursesThese requirements are similar to the requirements mentioned above for foreign-trained nurses. In addition, you must provide a copy of evidence verifying your primary address, for instance, copy of tax return, driver’s license, etc.

Procedure to Obtain RN License in Rhode Island

1. Examination

You may obtain RN license in Rhode Island by following the below steps:

Step 1: Register yourself with the testing organization, Pearson VUE, prior to submitting the licensure application for examination. Submit an appropriate registration fee of $200 in the form of Visa, MasterCard, or American Express (while applying online), or via money order or cashier’s check made payable to the NCSBN (while using paper application).

Use any one of the below given methods to complete the registration process:

  • Online at: on “Register” option after opening the above link.OR
  • By mail:You may ask the Board of Nursing office to mail you a NCLEX registration form. After finishing the necessary details of the form, submit it to the following address:NCLEX Operations
    Post Office Box 64950,
    St. Paul, Minnesota- 55164-0950

Step 2: Download and complete the licensure application by examination using the following link:

Step 3: After completing the necessary information of the application, enclose it in an envelope with the required fees and send it to the following address:

Rhode Island Department of Health
Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education
Room 105, 3 Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island- 02908-5097

Step 4: Immediately after the acceptance of all your necessary documents, the Board will notify the Pearson VUE, thus, making you eligible to take the licensure exam.

Step 5: Upon receiving the notification by the Board, 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: Contact the Pearson VUE as soon as you receive the ATT and schedule the licensure test.

Step 7: When all the exam results and documents are finally approved, a licensure to start nursing practice in the state will be issued by the Board.

2. Endorsement

The procedure to obtain certification by endorsements is as follows:

  • Download the endorsement application using the following link:
  • After filling the important details, submit the application with the requisite fee to the Board office address mentioned in step 3 of procedure to obtain RN license by examination.
  • When the Department completes all the required processes, a 90-day work permit will automatically be received via mail, including a checklist stating the documents that are already received by the Board plus documents that are needed to complete your licensure application for permanent licensure.

Verification of RN License

To verify your RN license in Rhode Island, you may use any of the following methods:

  • By mailDownload the application using the following link: furnishing all the essential details in the form, submit the application with the required fee of $50 in the form of money order or certified bank check made payable to the “Rhode Island General Treasurer” to the following mailing address:Rhode Island Department of Health
    Data Entry Unit
    Room 105A
    3 Capitol Hill
    Providence, Rhode Island- 02908You may also use the NURSYS website to verify your license:

Renewal of RN License

All RN licenses in this state expire after every 2 years. In order to renew the license, applicants are required to complete 10 contact hours of continuing education per 2 years renewal period.

Methods to Renew the Certificate

  • Online the renewal fees using Master Card or Visa, ACH/EFT (Online Checking Account Draft), Credit or Debit and ATM Cards, or Pre-Paid cards.
  • Paper ApplicationAlternatively, you may also request a paper application by sending an email at the following email id:
    elicense@health.ri.govPay the renewal fees using a physical check or money order.

Find Licenses

To search for valid licenses in the state, use either of the two methods:

Inactive Status

Download the inactive status application, if you want to change your active status to an inactive status, using the following link:

For an inactive status, no fee is charged. If you wish to reactivate your RN license in future, then you will have to contact your Nursing Board.

Lost License / Name Change / Address Change

In case, your name has been changed and you want a new license to be printed, then you are required to provide evidence of name change and your old license card. You will also have to pay a non-refundable fee of $40 in the form of a money order made payable to the “Rhode Island General Treasurer.”

You can also fax the changes of address to the Rhode Island Department of Health at 401- 222-1751.

In case of lost license, you are not required to submit any proof. You just need to provide the applicable fees.

You may use the following link to download the application:

After filling all the required details, mail the form to the below address:

Rhode Island Department of Health
Data Entry Unit, Room 105A,
3 Capitol Hill, Providence, Rhode Island- 02908

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