Licensing Information


Licensure by Endorsement/Reinstatement

Licensure by Examination


Nurse Licensure Compact

The Nurse Licensure Compact, adopted in Idaho on July 1, 2001, allows nurses who reside in and hold a multi-state license in one Compact state, the privilege of practicing nursing in other Compact states, without holding additional licenses in those states. Under terms of the Compact, nurses may hold a valid multi-state license in only one Compact state – their primary state of residence. If you declare Idaho as your primary state of residence, you will be issued an Idaho multi-state license, and licenses that you currently hold in other compact states (i.e. Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin) will become invalid. You are granted the privilege to practice in other compact states and are required to adhere to the practice laws of each respective state in which you practice. If you change your state of residence to another state, you are directed to contact that state’s Board of Nursing and request a new license. If your new state of residence is a member of the Compact, your Idaho license will be come invalid upon issuance of your new multi-state license. If your new state of residence is not a member of the Compact and you choose to continue practicing in Idaho, you will be issued an Idaho license designated as valid only for practice in Idaho.

If you have questions about the Nurse Licensure Compact, telephone the Board office at (208) 334-3110 ext. 2476 or visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Web Site at:

Licensure Renewals

Licenses are renewed on a biennial basis - even-numbered years for licensed practical nurses (LPN) and odd-numbered years for professional nurses (RN). Licenses expire on August 31st of the appropriate year. To renew your license, click on the link below and follow the prompts. The current fee for renewing prior to the expiration date is $90.00. Payment for on-line licensure renewal may be made by American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. Please note that the Board of Nursing is assuming the convenience fee for the on-line service.

For access to the on-line renewal system, please select:

Asterisk LPN Renewals 
Asterisk RN Renewals
Asterisk APRN Renewal Application - 2011-2013

If you are unable to renew on-line, you can request a paper renewal by contacting the Board of Nursing office at (208) 334-3110 ext. 2476, or mail a request to Idaho Board of Nursing, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0061, or send an e-mail to the Board: PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept fees without the accompanying signed renewal form. You may also renew your license on-line.

You may not renew your license on-line if one or more of the following apply to you:

Your license has lapsed for more than one Year.

Your primary state (other than Idaho) of residence is a member of the Nurse Licensure (See External Link for a list of Current States) {Note: if you are employed by the United States Government (including the Department of Defense), and a license in Idaho is required in order for you to perform your official duties, you may renew on-line.}

Licenses may be renewed on-line three (3) months prior to the expiration date of your current license and up to one (1) year after the expiration date. For any other time period, please contact the Board office to request an application for reinstatement.