The Division of Professional Registration and its boards are open during the regular business hours of 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays.
Did you know that there is a drop box located in the front of the Professional Registration building? Individuals may leave items for the division and its boards any time. We do ask that all items be placed in a sealed envelope labeled with the board name or name of the individual if not located in a board.
Missouri does not issue a license card. You should search for your record using Licensure QuickConfirm at www.nursys.com. Use the center pane, Licensure QuickConfirm. Click on Look Up a License to get started. You can print a report that will show your license number, original issue date, expiration date, whether you have a multistate or single state license and discipline status. Please direct current or future employers to www.nursys.com to verify your license.
You are required to enroll yourself in Nursys® e-Notify as a Nurse at www.nursys.com/EN/ENDefault.aspx. Missouri sends renewal reminders by email. You need to enroll now so you will receive license renewal reminders, notification when your license is actually renewed and notification of any changes to your license or discipline status. Keeping on top of your license can help prevent fraudulent licenses being issued in your name. You will also be able to participate in a survey on nursing workforce in Missouri. The Missouri State Board of Nursing uses this information to gather important workforce data and uses the data to enhance Missouri's ability to plan for nurse supply and demand and, ultimately, improve healthcare for all.
RN licenses generally expire April 30th of every odd-numbered year. LPN licenses generally expire May 31st of every even-numbered year. When enrolling yourself in e-Notify, opt into the option to receive automated electronic reminders. This is very important because your license expiration date or single state/multistate license status can change at any time. You will only know about these changes if you are enrolled in Nursys® e-Notify as a Nurse.
Licenses are suspended by operation of law for not filing or not paying state income taxes. If we do not have your current address, your license could be suspended without you receiving notification.
Failure to inform the board of your current address is cause to discipline your nursing license. You are required to inform the board of a change in your name and/or address within 30 days of the change.
Missouri is a member of the nurse licensure compact (NLC). This is similar to a driver's license where you are licensed in one state and can practice in other states that are members of the compact without having to obtain another license in that state. You can find an overview of the compact as well as a list of member states at www.ncsbn.org/nlc. NLC regulations also require that you keep your address updated. Whether you have a multistate or single state license depends on your primary state of residence.
Practice is where the patient is at the time nursing care is rendered. Know the state's Nursing Practice Act and rules before you practice. You can find the Missouri Nursing Practice on our web site. You can find links to other state boards of nursing at www.ncsbn.org.