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Registered Nurse Certification in Vermont

Registered nurse certification in Vermont provides job security, high salary packages, career flexibility, mental satisfaction, and various other fringe benefits to the nurses. The certification is issued by the Vermont Secretary of State which intends to safeguard the residents of the state from incompetent or unethical practitioners.

Requirements for Obtaining RN Licensure in Vermont

1. Examination

To acquire RN certification in the state, the aspirants need to fulfill certain conditions as:

  • Submit the application form with the complete details.
  • Attach a recent (taken within a period of 6 months) 2” x 2” passport type photograph of head and shoulders.
  • Submit copy of your passport, driving license, or government issued ID.
  • If you have any change in address or other contact information, you are required to share this detail to the office within 30 days after the change occurs.
  • Enclose a non-refundable application fee of $90 in the form of check or money order drawn in the name of “Vermont Secretary of State”.
  • Submit the completely filled “Verification of Education Form”. Request your nursing school to send the signed, affixed, and dated verification form with the school seal or stamp and a photocopy of all the official transcripts, either directly to the Board or to you, so that, you can send it to the Board with your application.
    Note– You need not fulfill this requirement, if you have completed your graduation in the State of Vermont.
    You may download the“Verification of Education Form” using the following link:

2. Endorsement

For acquiring license by endorsement, the applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Some requirements are same as mentioned above (I-IV).
  • Enclose a check or money order of $150.00 (processing fee) made payable to the Vermont Secretary of State.
  • Provide verification of your nursing license from the state where you were originally licensed, as well as from the state in which you are currently employed. You may go to and obtain license verification(s), if your state participates with the website.
  • If you are requesting for a temporary license, you must submit a copy of your current out-of-state nursing license, which must clearly show the expiration date.
    Note: If you have verified your nursing license via NURSYS website, you are not required to submit the copy.

Procedure to Obtain RN License by Examination

The applicants must follow the given procedure to obtain the certification in Vermont:

  • Complete the application form which can be downloaded through the following link:
  • Register with the testing agency, Pearson VUE, to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses). Use the following link for this purpose.
  • Submit the completed application and documents to the mailing address provided below:Vermont Board of Nursing
    Office of Professional Regulation
    89 Main Street, 3rd Floor
    Montpelier, Vermont- 05620-3402
  • Upon approval of all the documents, the Board will make you eligible to take the test and will notify the Pearson VUE.
  • Pearson VUE will send an Authorization to Test (ATT).
  • Once you receive ATT, schedule and take the licensure exam as quick as possible.

Procedure to Obtain RN License by Endorsement

The procedure to obtain certification by endorsement is:

Verification of RN Licensure

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

The other verification forms which you may require are given below:

Renewal of RN License

All RN licenses in Vermont need to be renewed in every 2 years. Till date, the state does not require any continuing education requirements to be fulfilled.

Methods to Renew Your Licensure

Re-Entry as an RN

Follow the below instructions:

  • Download the “Registered Nurse Re-Entry Application for Temporary Permit” by downloading it from the following link: 
  • As applicable, submit the renewal or endorsement application form.
  • Provide non-refundable processing fee of $25.00 via money order or check made payable to the Vermont Secretary of State.

Application/Renewal Status

Click the below link to check the status of your application:

You will have to provide your User ID and Password.

License Look Up

You may use the following link to search for a license in the state:

Re-take Exam

If you are re-taking the licensure examination, you must notify the Board by filling the “NCLEX-RN Retake Application”. You need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Download and complete the NCLEX-RN Retake Application using the following link:
  • Enclose a check or money order of $30.00 (application fee) drawn on the name of “Vermont Secretary of State”.
  • Attach a recent 2×2 passport sized photo of head and shoulders with the application. It should be taken within the last 6 months.
  • Mail the application to the Board office (The address is mentioned in point number 3 of “procedure to obtain RN license by examination”).
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