No. Your school of nursing must be approved by the board of nursing of the state where it is located and the parent institution of the nursing program must be accredited by an organization recognized by the US Department of Education.
A Social Security number is not required to process an application. However, The ABN will not issue a license until a copy of your social security card has been received by the ABN.
No. Your typed electronic signature on the application affirms that the information you provided on the application is accurate and true.
  1. You must still be eligible in the state where you originally applied for licensure.
  2. If you have taken the NCLEX in another state:
    • Complete Part I of the Out-of-State Repeat Examination Application Attachment
    • Contact the Board of Nursing where you originally applied for licensure by exam to see if a fee is charged for completion of the form.
    • Mail the form to the Board of Nursing where you originally applied for licensure by exam who will submit the form to the ABN.
You may apply and pay online with a debit or credit card here.
Your application and fee is retained for up to one year. If the process has not been completed within that time, a new application and fee must be submitted. FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
Requests for modification of the procedures for administering the examination for candidates with disabilities must be submitted to the Board with the application for licensure and must include an evaluation of the disability by the applicant’s licensed physician or licensed psychologist and a statement from the director of the nursing education program addressing any accommodations made during the nursing education process.
Questions concerning temporary permit request can be found in the Licensure by Exam - Temporary Permits FAQ Section.
Examination results, available only from your Board of Nursing, will be mailed to candidates approximately 3-5 days after taking the examination. Results may also be viewed here 24-48 hours after testing. For quality control purposes, every computerized NCLEX® examination is scored twice – once by the computer at the test center and then the result is verified after the examination record has been transmitted to Pearson VUE. Although the examination is scored as the candidate completes each item, NO RESULTS are released at the test center. Do not call your Board of Nursing, NCLEX® candidate services, the Pearson Professional Centers, or NCSBN for examination results.
Exam applicants are eligible to re-test after 45 days.
Do not reapply for licensure by examination until after you receive your official test results by mail notifying you of failure.
Yes, if Board staff determines that your transcript reflects satisfactory completion of coursework equivalent to LPN education (e.g., the first year of nursing education in an associate degree program) and if you have completed the required ABN-provided LPN scope of practice course, you may be permitted to apply for licensure as an LPN.
Pearson Vue will issue your Authorization to Test, when all requirements have been satisfied and the completed application has been approved by the ABN. These requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Application to the ABN
  • Registration with Pearson Vue
  • Approval by ABN of all necessary academic documentation
  • Resolution of “Yes” answers to any regulatory questions, if applicable
  • Payment of all fees
You will have to answer questions in the following categories: License Type; Education; Exam & Temp Permit; Regulatory Questions; Preview; and Affirm, Pay & Submit.
  • You will have to select the type of license for which you are applying, RN or LPN.
  • You will have to answer a question regarding citizenship.
  • You must provide your Social Security Number.
  • You will enter identifying information here as well, such as your name, address, birth date, gender, and email address.
Alabama law requires verification of citizenship or legal presence in the US. For further information see the Citizenship FAQs.
Very Important Information Regarding Name:
  1. The FIRST & LAST names that you list on your application must MATCH EXACTLY to the identification you plan to use when you present to take the NCLEX®.
    • For more information on identification requirements for NCLEX®, click here.
  2. The name that you list on the application will be the name under which you are licensed. The name you list will also be used for your Pearson Vue registration and should match the picture ID used to test at the testing center.
  3. Pearson Vue Registration: The SSN is not a mandatory field to register with Pearson Vue. However, the ABN requires that you submit this information to Pearson Vue. You will not be issued a license by the ABN until you provide a SSN.
The application requires you to identify the nursing program where you graduated. Programs in the US have the NCLEX® Program Codes readily available for you to choose from in the application. You will have to identify the degree or certificate awarded upon completion of your nursing program. You must also include your graduation date. Applicants educated outside the US, please refer to the Foreign Nursing Program Graduates FAQs.
An official transcript must be received in a sealed envelope from your school. The graduation date you list on your application must match the graduation date on the transcript.
If this is your first time applying for Licensure by Examination (in any jurisdiction), you will be issued a temporary permit when you meet all of the requirements. Although there is an area on the application where you may list your employer, you do not have to list an employer to be eligible for a permit. However, a Temporary Permit will not be issued until a complete application has been submitted to the Board, including citizenship/legal presence documentation, official transcript, and supporting documentation for any affirmative responses to regulatory questions. You should also know that a Temporary Permit may or may not be issued due to an affirmative response to any regulatory question. Depending on your individual circumstances and anticipated disclosure(s), you may wish to carefully consider requesting and paying for a Temporary Permit. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. For more information about activities permitted with a Temporary Permit, please see the Temporary Permit FAQs.
These are questions that aid the Board in determining the applicant’s “good moral character”, as required by law. An affirmative response does not preclude an individual from licensure and applicants are expected to read the questions carefully and answer honestly. As a matter of fact, many persons are licensed each year who provide affirmative responses to one or more of the regulatory questions. The regulatory questions ask about your past history in the following areas: Criminal History, Substance Use, Physical or Mental Health, Discipline or Investigations of Other Licenses or Professions, and Military Discharge. For more information, please see the Criminal History and Prior Disciplinary Action FAQs.
You must submit a detailed written explanation of the circumstances surrounding the event(s) which you are disclosing on your application. You must also submit additional supporting documentation. Examples of supporting documentation include: Case Action Summary for criminal activity; Admission & Discharge Summary for previous substance use or mental health treatment; Military DD214. For more information, please see the Criminal History and Prior Disciplinary Action FAQs.
This is where you may review all information submitted on the application for accuracy. You should return to previous screens to make revisions before submitting your application. You will not be able to make any revisions to your application once it is submitted. You should also be aware that failure to answer Regulatory Questions honestly may result in denial of licensure or disciplinary action if the license is issued.
You will type your electronic signature into the area indicated as your affirmation that the information submitted in your application is true and accurate. You must also submit electronic payment information via credit or debit card for the Application Fee, Transaction Fee, and Temporary Permit (if requested).
You will see a transaction for igovsol/*AL Brd Nrsing for the fee. This is the transaction fee for the third party credit card processor. Please do not dispute this charge as you are required to pay the fee for credit transactions.
You will be notified of your error with instructions to pay the required fee. Please note that regardless of fee disputes you are responsible to pay the license fee Failure to pay the license fee in a timely manner will result in a discipline case being opened against your license.
As defined in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code, chapter 610-X-4-.07(3), the stipulations that impact the nursing graduate with a temporary permit include:
  • The Nursing Graduate must function under direct supervision of a currently licensed registered nurse. The licensed registered nurse must be physically present in facility and readily accessible to designate or prescribe a course of action or to give procedural guidance, direction, and periodic evaluation.
  • The Nursing Graduate shall not assume nor be assigned charge responsibilities.
Direct Supervision is defined in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code, chapter 610-X-2-.04(4) as: “licensed registered nurse physically present in facility and readily accessible to designate or prescribe a course of action or to give procedural guidance, direction, and periodic evaluation.”
To provide nursing care in Alabama, a nursing license is required. A first-time applicant for licensure in Alabama, including a nursing graduate, may request a non-renewable temporary permit to practice nursing. The non-renewable temporary permit allows the graduate to practice as a Nursing Graduate-PN Program (NG-PNP) or Nursing Graduate-RN Program (NG-RNP), with stipulations. Prior to the receipt of the temporary permit, the nursing graduate cannot work in an employment classification that requires a nursing license, including participation in nursing orientation. The graduate without a temporary permit or license is classified as unlicensed and must follow the policies and procedures for unlicensed personnel in the agency/facility. Nursing procedures and activities that are permitted in the nursing education program under the direct supervision of nursing faculty are not allowed in the workplace. The regulation concerning this question is found in the ABN Administrative Code Chapter 610-X-4-.04(5), which states: “A first-time applicant for licensure by examination may request a nonrenewable temporary permit to practice nursing.
  1. The temporary permit is valid for a time period determined by the Board.
  2. The temporary permit allows the applicant for licensure by examination to practice and use the title Nursing Graduate-PN Program (NG-PNP) or Nursing Graduate-RN Program (NG-RNP), as appropriate subject to the following stipulations:
    1. The Nursing Graduate must function under direct supervision of a currently licensed registered nurse.
    2. The Nursing Graduate shall not assume nor be assigned charge responsibilities.
  3. A temporary permit issued by the Board to an applicant for licensure by examination shall immediately become invalid if one of the following conditions is met:
    1. The applicant fails the licensing examination.
    2. The permit expires on the expiration date.
    3. A license is issued.
    4. The applicant is denied licensure.
  4. The applicant who receives a temporary permit is required to:
    1. Provide every employer the temporary permit for visual inspection.
    2. Notify to their employer validation of a current license upon receipt of the official licensure notification.
    3. Inform the employer of denial of licensure.
    4. Immediately, inform the employer of failure of the licensing examination.
  5. The Board shall issue notice of denial of licensure. Receipt of notice is presumed within five calendar days of mailing.”
It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the Endorsement Application.
You will have to answer questions in the following categories: License Type; Education; Temporary & Original License; Regulatory Questions; Preview; and Affirm, Pay & Submit.
  • You will be asked if you have ever had an LPN or RN license in Alabama.
  • You will have to select the type of license for which you are applying, RN or LPN.
  • You will have to answer a question regarding citizenship and provide your Social Security Number.
  • You will have to answer a question about graduation from an approved and accredited nursing program.
  • You will enter identifying information, such as your name, address, birthdate, gender, and email address.
Alabama law requires verification of citizenship or legal presence in the US. For further information see the Citizenship FAQs.
No. Your school of nursing must be approved by the board of nursing of the state where it is located and the governing institution of the nursing program must be accredited by an organization recognized by the US Department of Education.
The first, middle, & last name that you list on the application will be the name under which you are licensed. There is no option to select use of the maiden name in lieu of the middle name on the application. You may list your maiden name in the appointed section of the application. If you use your maiden name as your last name you may list it twice.
The application requires you to identify the nursing program where you graduated. Programs in the US have the NCLEX® Program Codes readily available for you to choose from in the application. You will have to identify the degree or certificate awarded upon completion of your nursing program. You must also include your graduation date. If your nursing program is closed, you are able to continue the application. Applicants educated outside the US, please refer to the Foreign Nursing Program Graduates FAQs.
If this your first endorsement application, you will be issued a temporary permit when you have met all requirements,
You must submit information regarding the following:
  1. State and License # of original licensure.
  2. State and License # of other licensure.
  3. Suspension or Revocation of any license. An affirmative response will result in an inability to continue with the application. Failure to accurately disclose information regarding other action on other license may result in denial of, or disciplinary action against your Alabama license.
These are questions that aid the Board in determining the applicant’s “good moral character”, as required by law. The regulatory questions ask about your past history in the following areas: Criminal History, Substance Use, Physical or Mental Health, Discipline or Investigations of Other Licenses or Professions, and Military Discharge. Affirmative responses do not preclude an individual from licensure, but do prevent issuance of a Temporary Permit. Applicants are expected to read the questions carefully and answer honestly. Many persons are licensed each year who provide affirmative responses to one or more of the regulatory questions. For more information, please see the Criminal History and Prior Disciplinary Action FAQs.
You must submit a detailed written explanation of the circumstances surrounding the event(s) which you are disclosing on your application. You must also submit additional supporting documentation. Examples of supporting documentation include: Case Action Summary for criminal activity; Admission & Discharge Summary for previous substance use or mental health treatment; Military DD214. For more information, please see the Criminal History and Prior Disciplinary Action FAQs.
This is where you may review all information submitted on the application for accuracy and return to previous screens to make revisions before submitting your application. You will not be able to make any revisions to your application once it is submitted. You should also be aware that failure to answer Regulatory Questions honestly may result in denial of licensure or disciplinary action if the license is issued.
You will type your electronic signature into the area indicated as your affirmation that the information submitted in your application is true and accurate and submit electronic payment information via credit or debit card. For more information, please see the Endorsement to Licensure: General FAQs.
You will see a transaction for igovsol/*AL Brd Nrsing for the fee. This is the transaction fee for the third party credit card processor. Please do not dispute this charge as you are required to pay the fee for credit transactions.
You will be notified of your error with instructions to pay the required fee. Please note that regardless of fee disputes you are responsible to pay the license fee Failure to pay the license fee in a timely manner will result in a discipline case being opened against your license.
We typically accept CE courses that are approved or accredited by any state board of nursing, state nurses association, or national organization such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). You may search the internet for CE for nurses to locate online providers.
You should check the approval or accreditation statement to see if the CE will be accepted.  The Board does not accept contact hours earned from MEDCEU (www.medceu.com) or its affiliates, i.e. American Medical Education.  College courses are accepted toward the CE requirement if they were completed after obtaining initial licensure as a nurse.
Contact hours should be no older than 24 months from the date you apply.
Yes. All endorsement applicants are required to submit 24 contact hours of continuing education, even if they are coming from a state that does not require CE.
Yes. All endorsement applicants, regardless of their date of graduation or date of licensure, are required to submit 24 contact hours of continuing education.
College courses are accepted toward the CE requirement if they were completed after obtaining initial licensure as a nurse.
There is no timetable for issuing licenses. A license will only be issued when all requirements are completed. Applications are processed on a first-in, first-out basis.
The costs are: Application Fee (SSL-$125, MSL-$225) and Transaction Fee ($3.50).
Payment is accepted electronically via credit or debit card in the online application which may be found here.
No. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE per Alabama law, even if your permanent Alabama nursing license is issued prior to the Temporary Permit, you are deemed ineligible for a Temporary Permitor you withdraw your application.
Your application and fees will remain active for one year. You would be able to complete the endorsement process at any time within that period.
It depends on the type of license to which you are referring. If you have ever held an Alabama LPN or RN license but did not keep it current, then the status is Lapsed and you should reinstate it. For further information see the Reinstatement Lapsed License FAQs.
You must apply for RN licensure by endorsement in order to become licensed as an RN in Alabama.
No. In order to apply for LPN licensure by endorsement, you must have graduated or successfully completed an approved practical nursing program in Alabama, or an approved practical nursing program located in another state or territory that substantially meets the same educational criteria as Alabama programs.
Most of the Board’s mail is not forwarded, due to the nature of the contents.  Please be sure to keep your address up to date with the Board office.  There is a $25 fee to resend mail that is returned to the Board office.
The endorsement status check provides you with a checklist of items that the Board is still waiting to receive.  Once the license is issued, you will be directed to the “License Look-Up” section of the Board’s website. You may check the status of your application here.
You may view licensure information under the License Lookup section of the Board’s website here.
The license period is for two years based upon the renewal cycle of the license. LPN renewal is every ODD numbered year and RN renewal is every EVEN numbered year. Thus, a license issued prior to August 31 will expire December 31 of that same year if it is a renewal year for that license type. For example, an RN license issued 08/31/2017 will expire 12/31/2018; whereas an LPN license issued 08/31/2017 will not expire until 12/31/2017. (Renewal begins September 1 each year.)
Since your nursing education program (Regents/Excelsior) did not include clinical experience, you would have to supply a copy of your LPN transcript and detailed work experience as a nurse (both LPN and RN) after you submit the application and fee for licensure. The Board is looking for evidence of concurrent theory and practice in “adult, maternal-child, and psychiatric nursing,” as required by the ABN Administrative Code. Each applicant is reviewed individually.  We do not prescreen, so we cannot tell in advance whether you will meet the requirements or not. You should also refer to the following declaratory rulings regarding Excelsior graduates: RONNIE DALE ENGLAND, JR. ELIZABETH JANE BEARD ZWAGIL BONNIE KEMBLE STEPHEN BRANT EBERHART
A Temporary Permit is active for one-hundred eighty (180) days. It is issued one time only, and is not renewable.
No. A Temporary Permit may not be issued when an affirmative disclosure is made on the Endorsement Application.
No. A Temporary Permit may not be issued when the applicant does not have an active license in any jurisdiction.
No. CE for renewal must be earned following issuance of the permanent license.
An official transcript must be received in a sealed envelope from your nursing program. A permanent license will not be issued until it is received.
Contact the Board of Nursing in the state where your school was located and inquire who was appointed receivership of the school’s records.
You may check with the Board of Nursing that issued your original nursing license for how that Board processes verification requests. Alternatively, you may check with NURSYS® at www.nursys.com and follow their instructions for requesting verification.
No. Only an original verification received directly from your original Board of Nursing is accepted.
No, you are not required to retake the NCLEX in order to regain an active status.
The fee for reinstatement is $250 with a $3.50 transaction fee (Total: $253.50).
Yes, you can complete the application and pay the fee using a credit or debit card here.
No, we do not require verification of licensure from other states for reinstatement.
Once you’ve had an Alabama license, you always have an Alabama license. If you did not keep it current, then the status is lapsed and you will need to reinstate it. If, however, you have been licensed in a different category than the one you were licensed in in Alabama, you would need to endorse that license. For example, if you were licensed as an LPN in Alabama and were subsequently licensed as an RN in another state, you would need to endorse your RN license into Alabama. For further information, please refer to the Licensure by Endorsement section.
The license period is for two years based upon the renewal cycle of the license. LPN renewal is every ODD numbered year and RN renewal is every EVEN numbered year. Thus, a license issued prior to August 31 will expire December 31 of that same year if it is a renewal year for that license type. For example, an RN license issued 08/31/2017 will expire 12/31/2018; whereas an LPN license issued 08/31/2017 will not expire until 12/31/2017. (Renewal begins September 1 each year.)
These are questions that aid the Board in determining the applicant’s “good moral character”, as required by law. The regulatory questions ask about your past history in the following areas: Criminal History, Substance Use, Physical or Mental Health, Discipline or Investigations of Other Licenses or Professions, and Military Discharge. Affirmative responses do not preclude an individual from reinstatement of licensure, but may prompt further investigation. Applicants are expected to read the questions carefully and answer honestly. Many persons are licensed each year who provide affirmative responses to one or more of the regulatory questions.
You must submit a detailed written explanation of the circumstances surrounding the event(s) which you are disclosing on your application. You must also submit additional supporting documentation. Examples of supporting documentation include: Case Action Summary for criminal activity; Admission & Discharge Summary for previous substance use or mental health treatment; Military DD214.
You will see a transaction for igovsol/*AL Brd Nrsing for the fee. This is the transaction fee for the third party credit card processor. Please do not dispute this charge as you are required to pay the fee for credit transactions.
You will be notified of your error with instructions to pay the required fee. Please note that regardless of fee disputes you are responsible to pay the license fee Failure to pay the license fee in a timely manner will result in a discipline case being opened against your license.
You must have 24 contact hours of CE to have a complete application for reinstatement For further information regarding continuing education, please refer to the Reinstatement section of the Board’s website.
CE for reinstatement must be earned within the 24 months immediately prior to the date you submit your application. Therefore, it depends on when the reinstatement application is submitted.
CE that was electronically uploaded into your Individual CE Record by an ABNP (Approved ABN Provider) does not require additional documentation to be submitted to the Board. However, if you manually entered CE that you earned from a non-ABNP, you must submit certificates for those hours. Also, if you earn additional CE from an ABNP after you submit your reinstatement application, please notify the ABN in order to have the newly earned CE reviewed as part of your application.
Yes. All certificates for CE earned from non-ABNP CE providers must be uploaded directly into your ABN Individual CE Record in My Profile. The certificates will be reviewed and approved for licensure reinstatement. Board staff will contact you if additional information is needed regarding your CE certificates.
There are a number of ways to earn Nursing CE. An internet search is often a good start. You may also visit the Continuing Education section of the Board’s website or visit the Alabama Nursing Resource Center web page. As a reminder, MEDCEU (the online company) contact hours are not accepted by the ABN.
No, you must have the contact hours completed prior to submitting the application. An application submitted with inadequate CE is incomplete.
No, you are not required to take specific courses. You are only required to have a total of 24 contact hours of CE from approved providers.
Boards of Nursing, many nursing employers, and many nursing organizations are providers of CE. You do not have to earn CE from a provider approved by the ABN in order for the CE to be eligible for the reinstatement application. CE earned from a recognized provider is adequate.
No, a temporary permit is not available for reinstatement applicants.
First, you should check the status of your license on the License Lookup section of the website. If your license is listed as “Lapsed” you are not eligible to Reactivate a Retired License. Instead, you should complete the Reinstatement of a Lapsed License process. You may find that electronic application here.
In order to reactivate an inactive license with a “Retired” status, you must pay the required fees and submit 24 contact hours of continuing education (CE) earned within two years of the date of the application.
The following fees apply for reinstatement of a retired nursing license:
Time Elapsed Since Retirement of the License Single State License Multistate (Compact) License
Less than 2 years $600 $700
2 or more years $250 $350
Yes, you must have 24 hours of CE earned within the past 24 months.
No, you may not use that CE toward the next renewal of your license. You should take care to ensure that those CE hours that you earn in the current renewal period are not reflected on your Individual CE Record for the next renewal.
You should answer the Regulatory Questions honestly and you may be contacted to provide additional documentation regarding your disclosure.
You must submit a request for an “Actively Deployed Application” with a copy of the military orders which were in place when your license lapsed no later than 60 days of return from deployment. Based on the orders you submit, if you are eligible for the Actively Deployed Application, one will be sent to you in the manner you request: email, mail, or fax.
  • Yes. You will need to demonstrate having earned adequate (24 hours) of CE for the renewal of the license had you not been actively deployed. If you did not earn enough CE prior to being actively deployed, you may earn CE while your request for an Actively Deployed Application is considered.
    • Nurses licensed during the licensure period (i.e., New Graduates, Endorsements) may have a prorated amount of CE for the first renewal, if they were deployed prior to renewing the license for the first time. If you are unsure how much CE you are required to demonstrate, you may request that this information be communicated to you when you submit your request for an Actively Deployed Application.
    • You may not use CE’s you used for reinstatement toward the next renewal of your license. You should take care to ensure that those CE hours that you earn in the current renewal period are not present on your Individual CE Record for the next renewal.
No. If you held an active Alabama nursing license and were actively deployed while the United States military was engaged in active military operations against any foreign power, your license may be reinstated or renewed without penalty or payment of the reinstatement or late fee.
First, you must have an active RN license in order to reinstate AP approval. Otherwise, you will have to meet all other requirements to reinstate your AP approval, including Pharmacology CE and payment of the reinstatement fee.
Nurses serving in the military, who will be deployed during their biennial licensure renewal period, may submitted documentation prior to deployment to maintain licensure without lapsing. The license will not lapse during the deployment, provided that the following conditions are met: The license is active at the time of deployment. The licensee provides the Board a copy of the military activation or deployment orders, or other proof of active military service, in advance of the deployment.
Although you may call the Board, there are many factors that only you, the potential applicant know, so the Board will be unable to assist you regarding those issues. Before you call the Board, ask yourself these questions:
  1. Have I read all information on the Revoked Reinstatement section of the website?
  2. Have I read the Requirements (“Board Rules”) about Reinstatement of a Revoked License?
  3. Did I watch the Video about Reinstatement of a Revoked Nursing License?
  4. Have I read the entire Application for Reinstatement of a Revoked Nursing License?
  5. Have I read all of the Application Supporting Documents, Forms 1 – 4?
  6. Have I reviewed a copy of the Order which resulted in the revocation of my license?
  7. If there was no Order of the Board which revoked my license and I voluntarily surrendered, why did I surrender my license and have I addressed that issue?
  8. Has anything occurred since the revocation of my license (i.e., arrests, convictions, etc.) that I still need to address?
A Voluntary Surrender results in a license status of revocation. You must complete the reinstatement of a revoked nursing license process if you wish to have your nursing license reinstated.
The Board’s requirements are very specific. You must show a pattern of recovery, and ability to document such, in order to demonstrate that you are able to comply with any monitoring stipulations imposed if the license is reinstated.
Yes, if the license is reinstated on probation. Probation includes a minimum work requirement in a licensed nursing capacity of 96 hours per month. If you do not plan to work as a nurse, you may need to carefully consider your plans to apply to reinstate your license.
It depends on the circumstances of the events which lead up to and following the revocation of your license. Currently, the maximum amount of time that a license is placed on probation is sixty months.
Common monitoring stipulations include: monthly reporting to the Board, quarterly reporting by the nursing employer, quarterly reporting by the continuing care counselor (if required and not yet complete), quarterly reporting by the individual therapist (if required and not yet complete), attendance of at least three abstinence-based support group meetings (e.g., AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery, etc.) weekly (if required), nursing employment for a minimum period of time, random drug screening (if required), and prescription verification. You should carefully review your Order if your license is reinstated for your specific requirements.
A written request is required and may be submitted to the Board via email (abn@abn.alabama.gov), mail (Alabama Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 303900, Montgomery, AL 36130-3900), or fax (334-293-5201). Copies of records are five (5) dollars search fee and 0.25 cents per page. The fees must be paid to the Board prior to the records being released. You will be sent a bill or you may pay the bill online if you request it as a licensee of the Alabama Board of Nursing.
No. You must hold an active, unencumbered Alabama nursing license to qualify for Compact licensure in this state. Nurses with revoked licenses must reinstate and satisfy any encumbrances or conditions of reinstatement, prior to applying for multistate licenses.
You should submit detailed testing results and the missed call report from the Board-recognized program of random drug screening.
The Board has no control over the costs of the drug screens. However, screens typically cost approximately $60-$80 each.
An evaluation conducted in an inpatient setting over a period of four (4) to seven (7) days by a multidisciplinary team that includes assessment of the applicant or licensed nurse’s physical health, substance use, psychological and psychiatric functioning, family and social assessment, and legal and occupational history. Neuropsychological and cognitive testing, drug testing, and any other testing deemed appropriate by the evaluation team may also be included.
What one must do to satisfy the court and possibly stay out of jail differs from what one must do to satisfy the Board and demonstrate that he or she is able to provide safe nursing care. Although you may submit whatever documentation you have regarding what you completed to satisfy the court or some other entity, in order to apply for reinstatement of your nursing license, you must comply with the requirements defined by the Board.
You should contact one of the identified Board-recognized providers who have a Health Professions Tract to schedule the Evaluation identified on the Treatment Provider: Comprehensive Evaluation list.
The Board has no control over the costs of the Evaluation performed by healthcare agencies. However, the Board is aware that costs are usually about $4000. Some specialized assessments, such as a professional sexual misconduct assessment, usually incur additional costs. You should check for costs when you contact the provider.
No, insurance rarely pays, unless the individual is still actively seeking treatment for the condition. Even then, payment of services is dependent upon the individual health plan.
No, you do not need a referral. You just need to call your selected provider to schedule the Comprehensive Evaluation. However, if you intend to use the results of the Comprehensive Evaluation toward reinstatement of your revoked nursing license, you should complete and submit the General Release & Authorization to Disclose (Form 3). Board rules require the sharing of information between healthcare providers and Board staff. You should submit this form at least two weeks prior to your scheduled Evaluation.
Yes, unless your selected provider is willing to submit required documentation in order to become a Board-recognized provider. Your provider should contact the Board if they desire to become recognized by the ABN.
Yes, if the circumstances that resulted in the revocation of the license involved allegations of:
  1. Substance abuse;
  2. Substance dependence;
  3. Drug diversion; or
  4. The license was revoked while encumbered by an order requiring a program of random drug screening.
Board rules require that the Comprehensive Evaluation be performed within the twelve months prior to submitting an application for Reinstatement of a Revoked Nursing License.
Board rules require that applicants whose license revocation circumstances involved allegations of physical or mental impairment shall provide documented evidence of current neuropsychological and physiological evaluations.
Often, yes. But you should contact the Board prior to seeking an evaluation from your psychiatrist to ensure that appropriate releases are signed by all parties, and that the psychiatrist is willing and able to perform all necessary components of the evaluation. *Note: A sole psychiatrist evaluation is insufficient for purposes of a substance use Comprehensive Evaluation. Further, the Board will not accept attempts to “piecemeal” the required substance use Comprehensive Evaluation.
The Alabama Immigration Law requires that in order to issue or renew a multistate privilege, each applicant or licensed nurse is required to submit proof of citizenship or legal presence at least once. Submit the appropriate checklist and copies of appropriate documents via email, fax, or mail. Contact information is on the form.
  • Citizens are only required to be verified once.
  • Non-citizens with a permanent resident card are only required to submit proof one time.
  • Non-citizens with other documents are required to submit proof at time of original licensure and at each renewal.
Yes. The Alabama Immigration Law requires that a licensed nurse is required to submit proof of citizenship or legal presence at least once if she or he is a citizen or non-citizen with a permanent residence card. Non-citizens with other documents must submit documentation at each renewal.
You must complete the appropriate form for your specific situation and submit the completed form and supporting documentation to the Board.
Exam Applicants Citizen Checklist Non-Citizen Checklist
Endorsement Applicants Citizen Checklist Non-Citizen Checklist
Reinstatement Applicants Citizen Checklist Non-Citizen Checklist
Already Licensed in Alabama Citizen Checklist Non-Citizen Checklist
There is contact information on the form. Forms may be submitted by email (preferred), mail, fax, or in person at the Board office. For example, a nurse or applicant, who is a US Citizen, may complete the form and take a photo of the form with the person’s Driver’s License in view on the form and email the photo to the email address on the citizenship form.
All arrests, charges and convictions should be reported. This includes cases which were ultimately dismissed. It includes cases which were resolved by a guilty plea, nolo contendre plea, a trial, or by some type of deferred prosecution or pre-trial agreement. Felonies and misdemeanors should be reported. Minor traffic violations do not need to be reported. DUI is not a minor traffic violation.
Each applicant is evaluated on a case by case basis. The Board of Nursing considers the nature, severity, and date of the offense, as well as rehabilitative efforts and other factors. The Board cannot make a determination for approval or denial of licensure until the entire application and supporting documentation is received and reviewed.
Yes. Offenses must be reported to the Board even if you received a suspended imposition of sentence and the record is now considered closed. The arrest is still on your record and must be reported.
The Board of Nursing strongly encourages all individuals with a criminal or disciplinary history to be fully prepared with information regarding their background and to start the application process as soon as possible.
All prior or current disciplinary action against another professional license or certification must be reported, whether it occurred in Alabama or in another state or territory. If LPN to RN, where there was discipline by this Board against the LPN license, this should also be reported.
It may take additional time to process an application containing a “yes” answer. You will be notified if further information is required. Please do not call the Board of Nursing office, as such only serves to delay the process.
If your application can be cleared without discipline, you will be issued a temporary permit, if otherwise eligible. If your application cannot be cleared without discipline, you will not be issued a temporary permit. Your case will be presented to the Board and, if your application is approved, you will be made eligible to sit for the exam.
You should submit:
  • Certified official court document(s) relevant to your criminal record, showing the date(s) and circumstance(s) surrounding your arrest(s)/conviction(s), sections of the law violated, and disposition of the case(s). This would normally consist of the charging document (Complaint or Indictment) and the Case Action Summary or other documents showing the final disposition of your case. If placed on probation, you should also include the Order of Probation and official documentation of completion of the probationary period. The court clerk must certify these court documents.
  • Certified copy of the documents relevant to any disciplinary action taken against any license by another state Board of Nursing. The documents must come from the agency that took the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency. If previously disciplined by the Alabama Board of Nursing, you should state the action taken against you.
  • A detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your criminal record or disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the offense or disciplinary action which would enable you to avoid future occurrences. It would be helpful to include factors in your lifestyle which you feel may have contributed to your crime or disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.
Note: The burden of proof lies with the applicant to demonstrate evidence of rehabilitation. Examples of rehabilitation evidence include, but are not limited to:
  • If applicable to your crime or discipline, documented evidence of professional treatment and counseling you may have completed. Please provide admission and discharge summaries if treatment received.
  • Letters of reference, on official letterhead, from: employers, nursing program administrators, nursing instructors, health professionals, professional counselors, support group sponsors, parole or probation officers, or other individuals in positions of authority who are knowledgeable about your rehabilitation efforts.
  • Proof of community work, education, and/or self-improvement efforts.
Court-issued certificate of rehabilitation or evidence of expungement, proof of compliance with criminal probation or parole, and orders of the court.
You must meet the same requirements as all other applicants, in addition to requirements specific to graduates of Foreign Nursing Programs.
  1. You must be a high school graduate, or equivalent.
  2. You must have a valid Social Security Number (SSN).
  3. You must be a citizen or legal US resident. See the Citizenship/Legal Presence FAQs for further information.
  4. You must demonstrate good moral character.
  5. You must have graduated from a nursing program (RN or PN) which substantially meets the same educational criteria as Alabama nursing programs.
  6. You must submit a complete application. For information about what is required on the application, see the Licensure by Exam: General Frequently Asked Questions & Licensure by Exam: Application FAQs.
  1. You must submit a Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Complete Education Report.
    • The CES Education Report includes a detailed analysis of credentials earned at multiple levels of nursing education received outside of the U.S. according to a specific state’s requirements.
    • The CES Education Report is not the same as the CGFNS Certification Program, which is typically completed prior to receiving the first U.S. state nursing license.
  2. Be a graduate of a nursing education program approved by the proper authorities in the country where the program is located.
  3. Meet the requirements for nursing program content employed as criteria for approval in Alabama at the time of the applicant’s graduation.
  4. If nursing courses and textbooks was not taught in English, provide the proof of passing English Proficiency Exam. For further information see the English Proficiency FAQ.
  5. Make up any educational deficiencies.
  1. You must submit a Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) complete education report.
    • The CES Professional Report includes a detailed analysis of credentials earned at multiple levels of nursing education received outside of the U.S., according to a specific state’s requirements.
    • The CES Professional Report is not the same as the CGFNS Certification Program, which is typically completed prior to receiving the first U.S. state nursing license.
  2. Be a graduate of a nursing education program approved by the proper authorities in the country where the program is located.
  3. Meet the requirements for nursing program content employed as criteria for approval in Alabama at the time of the applicant’s graduation.
  4. Make up any educational deficiencies.
  5. Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) if you have not already done so.
Yes. You must meet all of the requirements for licensure in Alabama in order to be issued an Alabama nursing license.
Name of Exam Minimum Results
IELTS Academic Band score result of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in any one module
TOEFL iBT produced by Educational Testing Service (ETS) 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26
PTE Academic 55 overall with no sub scores lower than 50 in each scored part
Michigan Language Test (MET) 55 with a speaking score of 55 or higher
As defined in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code, chapter 610-X-4-.07(3), the stipulations that impact the nursing graduate with a temporary permit include:
  • The Nursing Graduate must function under direct supervision of a currently licensed registered nurse. The licensed registered nurse must be physically present in facility and readily accessible to designate or prescribe a course of action or to give procedural guidance, direction, and periodic evaluation.
  • The Nursing Graduate shall not assume nor be assigned charge responsibilities.
Direct Supervision is defined in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code, chapter 610-X-2-.04(4) as: “licensed registered nurse physically present in facility and readily accessible to designate or prescribe a course of action or to give procedural guidance, direction, and periodic evaluation.”
If this is your first time applying for Licensure by examination (in any jurisdiction), you will be issued a temporary permit when you meet all of the requirements. A temporary permit will not be issued until a complete application has been submitted to the Board, including citizenship/legal presence documentation, official transcripts, and supporting documentation for any affirmative responses to regulatory questions. You should know that a temporary permit may or may not be issued due to an affirmative response to any regulatory question.
You need to request a name change with the ABN; the name change must be processed, before you submit your request for verification.
  • License Lookup contains current, but minimal, information regarding the status of the nurse’s license and is continually updated by the ABN.
  • A Verification includes all pertinent licensure information at the time that the Verification is issued.
  1. License by Exam – name the ABN has on file, license number, original issue date, licensure status and expiration date, last 4 digits of SSN, date of birth, method of licensure, school name, completed date, degree/certificate, exam date passed, exam type, results, and disciplinary action.
  2. Advanced Practice information – approval type, original issue date, expiration date, status, certificate type, start date, and end date.
  3. License by Endorsement – name the ABN has on file, license number, original issue date, licensure status and expiration date, last 4 digits of SSN, date of birth, method of Licensure, school name, completed date, degree/certificate, and disciplinary action.
No, we do not complete other Boards’ paper verification requests. All verification requests are executed online at Nursys.com.
The primary purpose of the Subscription Service is to provide employers with real-time information regarding changes to the status of the nursing license of its employees. For example, if a license lapses or is disciplined, the employer receives notification via PUSH technology when this occurs. By making this information immediately available to employers, the ABN is fulfilling its mission of public protection.
No. The utilization of the Subscription Service eliminates the need to submit a separate report.
The data included on License Lookup is not exhaustive and does not include all needed information for endorsement of your Alabama nursing license into another state.
The ABN strives to maintain accurate records at all times. Changes to a license status will post very quickly, usually in no more than 24 hours after a status change has occurred.
To utilize the free licensure verification “License Lookup“ provided by the Board, please follow the steps listed here.
The NLC is an interstate agreement that allows RNs and LPNs to practice physically, via telehealth, or via other electronic means in all Compact party states. A map of Compact party states is available on the NLC homepage.
  • An applicant for multistate license:
    • Must meet the Uniform Licensure Requirements for a Compact (Multistate) License.
    • Must declare a compact state of residence (PSOR). PSOR is your legal state of residency.
Primary state of residence (PSOR) refers to your state of legal residence. Documents that may be used to verify your PSOR include:
  • driver’s license with a home address;
  • voter registration card with a home address;
  • federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;
  • military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or
  • W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.
Alabama became part of the eNLC on January 1, 2020. The NLC rules do not allow a license to be maintained or renewed if the nurse has a multistate license in another party state that allows them to practice in Alabama. Your Alabama single state license will lapse at the next renewal period following January 1, 2020. At this time, you will practice on your multistate privilege (MSP).
You must complete an endorsement application for Alabama Multistate license.
You must complete an Alabama SSL to MSL application and meet the uniform licensure requirements. Further information is available on our Compact page.
Moving from Alabama to a Compact State When moving (changing primary state of legal residence) to a new NLC state, it is the nurse responsibility to apply for licensure by endorsement. This should be completed upon moving and the nurse should not delay.
  • The nurse may not wait until former license expires to apply in the nurse’s new state of legal residency.
  • The nurse may practice on the former home state license only until the multistate license in new NLC home is issued.
  • Go to My Profile to change permanent legal state of residence from Alabama. Your Alabama multistate license will become inactive.
  • Proof residency may be required please check with the new home state board of nurse for required proof residency documentation.
Moving from Alabama to Non-Compact State When moving (changing primary state of legal residence) to a new Non-Compact state, it is the nurse responsibility to apply for licensure by endorsement. You may apply before or after the move. This should be completed upon moving and the nurse should not delay.
  • The Alabama multistate license is changed to a single state license upon changing legal residency to a noncompact state.
  • The nurse is responsible for notifying the Alabama Board of Nursing (set up through My Profile), when they move to Non-Compact state.
  • Go to My Profile to change permanent legal state of residence from Alabama.
No. A nurse working in a remote Compact state in federal/military facility may practice on single state license issued by the remote compact state and is not required to obtain a multistate license from the home state. A nurse employed by the federal government holding a multistate license in the primary state of residence cannot hold an additional single state license in any remote Compact state. This is because the multistate license allows the nurse to practice in all Compact states.
Yes. If you declare Alabama as your legal state of residence and provide the required documentation.
An applicant who is ineligible for or is denied a multistate license may be eligible for single state licensure, at the discretion of the Board.
Moving from Alabama to a Compact State When moving (changing primary state of legal residence) to a new NLC state, you must apply for licensure by endorsement.
  • You may not wait until your Alabama multistate license expires to apply in the new primary state of residency.
  • You may practice on your Alabama license only until the multistate license in new NLC home is issued.
  • Go to My Profile to change your permanent legal state of residence from Alabama; your Alabama multistate license will be deactivated.
  • Proof of residency may be required; please check with your new home state board of nursing for required documentation.
Moving from Alabama to Non-Compact State When moving (changing primary state of legal residence) to a new non-Compact state, it you must apply for licensure by endorsement.
  • The Alabama multistate license will become to a single state license upon the change of residency.
  • You are responsible for notifying the Alabama Board of Nursing (via My Profile), when you move to a non-Compact state.
Yes, provided that you meet all the requirements for a multistate license.
If you are a legal resident of Alabama, you might be eligible for a multistate license. You will need to apply for licensure by exam and receive an authorization to test (ATT) from the Board. Please note: The NCLEX is not a state exam. It is a national exam and can be taken in any state convenient to you. You are not required to apply for initial license by exam in the state of your nursing program. To clarify, if you will be residing and working in a Compact state, such as Alabama, then that state is where you should apply your license by exam and authorization to test. For further information on Licensure by Examination, see Basic Requirements under Licensure by Examination (Multistate).
No. You can only have one multistate license. You must apply for licensure in the state you declare as your primary state of residency (PSOR). You must submit documentation of your legal state of residence. Primary state of residence (PSOR) refers to your state of legal residence. Documents that may be used to verify your PSOR include: (a) driver’s license with a home address; (b) voter registration card with a home address; (c) federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration; (d) military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or (e) W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.
No. If you are not going to declare Alabama as your legal state of residency, you cannot apply for an Alabama multistate license.
Regardless of whether you apply for single state or multistate licensure, your Alabama temporary permit is valid for practice only in Alabama.
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Although the Compact applies only to RNs and LPNs, it still does affect advanced practice RNs. If you hold an Alabama single state license (SSL) and practice ONLY in Alabama, there is no change. If you live in Alabama and work in multiple states, you should apply for an Alabama multistate license (MSL). If you live in another compact state and practice nursing in Alabama, you will no longer be required to maintain an Alabama RN license. However, all APRNs who practice in Alabama must maintain approval for advanced practice with the ABN. This includes maintenance of both your national certification and your home state license.
No. If your primary state of residence is a Compact state and you qualify for multistate licensure, you may maintain licensure in only one Compact state. Alabama is not permitted to renew your single state license. You should allow your Alabama single state license to lapse at the end of the current license period.
Yes, but plan carefully. Because the required fingerprint background check takes time to complete, applying for multistate licensure too late in the license period may cause delays that could result in your single state license lapsing. Need more information regarding the Compact? Visit https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htm.