Board of Nursing

Licensure

Q. Does the Missouri State Board of Nursing issue an actual license card or document?

A. No. All nurses and employers may use a free, primary source equivalent license verification service at www.nursys.com.

If you employ nurses, one of the ways you can protect your employer from liability is to enroll your nurses in e-Notify at www.nursys.com. By using this free service, you will receive real-time notifications of changes to license or discipline status. A license can expire throughout the year; not just near a standard expiration date. A nurse's license could expire because the nurse moved to another compact state. Using e-Notify is also the only way you will receive notification of discipline of a nurse's license from any state; not just Missouri.

All nurses can enroll themselves in e-Notify as an individual. We recommend that you do this as an added measure to protect yourself. This will allow you to receive electronic notifications of any changes in your license and discipline status.

If you have not already done so, please take three minutes to view the e-Notify video overview at www.nursys.com.

Remember this is a free service that is primary source equivalent. The board of nursing and Nursys staff are both available to assist you if you have questions about this service.

Q. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BECOME LICENSED?

A. There are two methods of original licensure. Original licensure by exam and original licensure by endorsement. Applications for a license are available on our web site under License Information & Forms.

A graduate (or soon to be graduate) of an accredited nursing program who wants to secure an original Missouri license by exam completes an application form, submits the application and licensure fee, and applies to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®).

A nurse who is already licensed in another state or territory may apply for a Missouri license by endorsement. Licenses are granted by each state, so a nurse must apply for and receive a license in every state in which the nurse practices unless that state is a member of the nurse licensure compact. You can find out more about the nurse licensure compact at http://www.ncsbn.org.

Q. HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO RENEW MY LICENSE?

A. When it comes time to renew your license, a renewal postcard will be sent to you in the mail approximately two months prior to the expiration date of your license. Currently, an RN license expires on April 30 of each odd-numbered year. Licenses for LPN's expire on May 31 of each even-numbered year. The renewal postcards are mailed to the last address that we have on file so it is important that you notify us of any address changes that may have occurred since your last renewal. Please be advised that it is your responsibility to renew your license even if the renewal notice does not reach you through the mail.

Q. HOW DO I NOTIFY THE BOARD OFFICE IF I SHOULD HAVE A NAME OR ADDRESS CHANGE?

NOTICE: A signature is now required for Name and Address changes.
To safeguard your PIN number, signatures are necessary for both name and address changes.

A. You are required to notify the Board within 30 days of an address or name change. Name and address changes can only be accepted in writing include your name, old address, new address, primary state of residence address, and license number. Please print out our change form (click here) and mail or fax to our office. Please PRINT clearly and include your signature.

Q. IF I DO NOT RENEW BEFORE THE EXPIRATION DATE, DO I HAVE TO STOP WORKING?

A. To avoid delays, you should renew as soon as you receive your notice.

You may only continue working if your license status can be verified online as current. Licenses may be verified for free, 24/7 at www.nursys.com. This website will allow you to verify multi-state or single state license status, discipline and expiration date.

Q. WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR THE BOARD TO ENDORSE MY LICENSE TO ANOTHER STATE?

A. You must contact the state board of nursing where you want a license and request an application for licensure. Contact information for boards of nursing can be found at http://www.ncsbn.org/. Verification of Missouri licensure will be done through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's NurSys system. Go to http://www.nursys.com for more information on this service.

Q. DO YOU HAVE THE ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS TO OTHER STATE BOARDS?

Yes. Go to National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.'s website at http://www.ncsbn.org/ for address and telephone numbers of state boards of nursing.

Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LAPSED AND AN INACTIVE LICENSE?

A. A lapsed license is one that has not been renewed or placed on inactive status. Once lapsed, it can become a lengthy and sometimes costly process to have it renewed. It requires payment of a penalty fee, the renewal fees for each year that the licensee practiced nursing and the renewal fee for the current renewal period.

An inactive license is one that has been voluntarily requested to be placed "on hold" for an undetermined period of time during which no renewal fees are paid. The licensee may not be actively employed as a nurse in Missouri during that period of time. The fee required to return the license to active status consists only of the renewal fee for the current renewal period.

Q. WHAT IS THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF STATE BOARDS OF NURSING, INC?

A. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) was organized as a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is: "To provide an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing."

The major functions of the NCSBN includes developing the NCLEX-RN® and the NCLEX-PN®, performing policy analysis and promoting uniformity in relationship to the regulation of nursing practice, disseminating data related to the licensure of nurses, conducting research pertinent to the NCSBN's purpose, and serving as a forum for information exchange for National Council members.