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Registered Nurse Certification in South Dakota

Registered nurse certification in South Dakota enables the nurses to take the responsibility for treatment, safety, and recovery of severely ill patients. The license in the state is issued by the South Dakota Board of Nursing, which aims at safeguarding the public welfare, health, and life, and focus on protecting the residents from improper application, unqualified, and unauthorized nursing practices and nursing education programs.

Requirements for acquiring RN Licensure in South Dakota

1. Examination

The applicants need to fulfill the following requirements to obtain RN licensure by examination.

  • You must complete any one of the following:
    • In-state nursing program approved by the Board.
    • Out-of-state nursing program approved by any other board of nursing.
  • If your primary state of residence is a compact state, you are not eligible for licensure in the state. Compact states includes the following:Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Mexico, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • Submit results of successful completion of criminal background check.
  • Provide an appropriate fee of $100 online.
  • If you have completed your graduation from South Dakota Nursing Program, provide certificate of successful completion of nursing education program by the nursing program.
  • If you have completed your graduation from Nursing Program outside of South Dakota, provide official transcripts showing nursing degree granted from the Registrar of your school.

2. Endorsement

All aspirants must complete the below given formalities.

  • Request your nursing college to send the official transcript directly (which must include your grades and the degree conferred) to the Board office. If they wish to submit an electronic transcript, request them to email on the following id –
  • Submit verification of licensure from your original state of licensure to the SD Board office. You may obtain the electronic verification from the Nursys website ( or you will have to download the verification form (if your state of licensure is not mentioned in the Nursys website).
  • In order to obtain an active license in the state, you need to provide volunteer work or verification of nursing employment of a minimum of 140 working hours, in last 1 year (12 months) duration, or a total of at least 480 working hours during the preceding six years. Previous or current employers are required to submit the verification of employment form (Refer the section “Verification of RN License” of this article).
  • Refer point number II and III of the above mentioned Requirements for acquiring RN licensure by examination.

Procedure to Obtain RN License in SD

1. Examination

The applicants are required to follow the below given step-by-step procedure:

Step 1:

Complete the application form online.

Step 2:

Complete NCLEX Registration for testing and provide a registration fee of $200. You may complete your registration with the testing vendor, Pearson VUE, using any one of the following methods:

Online at –

Call: 1-866-496-2536.

Step 3:

Upon meeting all the requirements, the Board will notify the testing vendor.

Step 4:

The Pearson VUE will send you An ATT (Authorization to Test) by mail or via e –mail.

Step 5:

Schedule your appointment to test by following the instructions mentioned in the ATT.

2. Endorsement

For obtaining licensure by endorsement in South Dakota, the applicants are required to follow the given steps.

  • Complete the endorsement application.
  • Submit $100 payment via Visa, American Express, MasterCard, or Discover.
  • When all the requirements are met, the license will be issued by the Board.

Temporary Permit

All applicants seeking RN certification by examination/endorsement will be issued a temporary permit, if the Board has received the following documents:

  • Online licensure application by examination/endorsement with the required fee.
  • Completed cards of criminal background check.
  • Information regarding your nursing education from your nursing school.
  • Completed temporary permit application with an applicable fee of $25.
  • Registered with the testing service.

Download the temporary permit application using the following link:

Requirements for Foreign Graduates- Licensure by Examination

  • Applicants graduated in Canada
    • Successfully completed a high school education course of 4 years or its equivalent which must be approved by the government.
    • Possess a Social Security Number (SSN) in United States.
    • Temporary permit will be issued only to candidates who are applying first time for the NCLEX. (Refer the “Temporary Permit” section of this article)
    • Cleared criminal background check.
    • Passed the licensure exam, NCLEX-RN computerized adaptive test.
    • The education program in which the applicant has completed his/her graduation must meet the educational requirements of the state that were in place at the time the applicant graduated.
    • Completed the licensure application by examination.
    • Completed registration with the Pearson VUE.
    • Provide verification of employment (Read point number III of Requirements for acquiring RN licensure by endorsement).
  • Graduates from foreign nursing programs
    • Refer point number I-VIII of the above mentioned requirements for Canadian graduates.
    • Completed certification program conducted by the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools). Request CGFNS to send a letter verifying the completion of the certification program. You may contact the CGFNS using any one of the following methods:
      • Mail: 3600 Market Street,Suite 400, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-19104­2651

Verification of RN License

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

  • Online:You may conduct the verification of your license by using any one of the following details:
  • Your license number or
  • Your first and last name or
  • Your U.S. Social Security Number

Renewal of RN License

All RN licenses in South Dakota need renewal in every 2 years. Till date, this state does not have any continuing education requirements to be completed.

Before completing the online renewal process, you need the following information beforehand:

  • First and last name (as mentioned on the renewal postcard received by you).
  • U.S. Social Security Number.
  • RN license number.
  • Employment verification: completion of a minimum of 140 work hours within one year, or at least 480 work hours during the preceding six years period)
  • Primary address as mentioned on your credit card statement.
  • Submit an appropriate fee of $90 via Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.

Reactivation of an Inactive License

If you wish to reactivate your inactive license, you need to submit the following documents to the South Dakota Board of Nursing office:

  • Completed reactivation application.
  • Completed employment verification form (attached in the reactivation form).
  • Submit a non-refundable fee of $90 in the form of a personal check or money order made payable to the “South Dakota Board of Nursing”. An additional fee of $20 will be charged, in case of any insufficient check written.

Download the reactivation form using the following link:

Reinstatement of Lapsed License

All RN licenses expire on the candidate’s birth date. If the license is not renewed, it is directly set on a lapsed status and needs reinstatement to continue nursing practice in the state.

In order to reinstate your lapsed license, you must submit the following documents to the Board office:

  • Completed reinstatement application with all the essential details.
  • Completed Employment Verification Form attached in the reinstatement application.
  • Non-refundable fee of $140 (which includes RN renewal fee of $90 and RN reinstatement/lapsed fee of $50) by money order or personal check payable to South Dakota Board of Nursing.Note: In case of insufficient check written, a $20 fee is charged.

Download the reinstatement form using the following link:

Application Status

To view the status of your application, login using the following link:

Upon logged in, you will be able to see the details of each and every component of your application, when it was received by the Board and the pending items.

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