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Application for Licensure by Examination for RN and LPN

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RN / LPN Licensure Application: $100.00. Payable to the "Maryland Board of Nursing."


  • Fingerprints and criminal background checks are required.
  • Submitting the application for licensure by examination does NOT register you for the NCLEX exam. Applicants must register and pay separately for the exam by going to: www.pearsonvue.com.

As part of the application process you must:

  • Register to take the NCLEX with Pearson Vue.
  • Obtain a recent passport-size photograph (2x2). This needs to be submitted along with the application. To see examples of acceptable photos go here: Acceptable ID Photos Example.
  • Declare a primary state of residence using the form found here: http://www.mbon.org/msl/declarationofresidence.pdf
  • Make an appointment to have your fingerprints taken and initiate the criminal background check process.
  • Send the completed application along with the fee, fingerprint cards and supporting documents to the Board of Nursing.

Fingerprinting Process

Both electronic and ink fingerprints are accepted. Any additional fees charged by the fingerprinting service are the responsibility of the applicant. Electronic fingerprints may be at a CJIS office.

Applicants will receive two fingerprint cards as part of their application packet. Take both cards to the place where you will be fingerprinted.

Once the cards are completed, mail BOTH the blue and purple Criminal History Record Check cards to the address at the top of the purple card.

Make  a copy of each card and include the copies when you mail back the Board of Nursing application. Remember to mail the processing fee.

If you are fingerprinted electronically in Maryland, include a copy of the receipt with your Board of Nursing application.

Licensing Process
Once you are registered for the exam and the application, fee, fingerprints and supporting documentation have been reviewed, the Board will determine your eligibility to test.

Applicants who are deemed eligible to test will receive an Authorization To Test (ATT) notification directly from the testing service. The ATT letter will include information regarding scheduling the examination. 

When passing examination results are received by the Board, a license will be issued.

About Temporary Permits

Temporary permits are only issued to nurses seeking licensure by endorsement. 

Candidates with Disabilities:
If you require special accommodations during the exam, notify the Board immediately at 410-585-1929. 
The following written documents must be submitted to the Board office verifying the disability and need before special accommodations can be considered.

  • Letter from the candidate: stating diagnosis and accommodations 
  • Letter from the school of nursing: describing any special accommodations given. 
  • Letter from a health professional including diagnostic codes and suggested accommodations.

Need More Information?

Access the site for the Maryland Board of Nursing here: Maryland Board of Nursing

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