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Application Wizard - Licensed Practical Nurse

Please choose one of the following:

I am applying for a first-time LPN license

I am licensed in another state and want to apply for a Virginia LPN license

I have a nursing license but my pre-licensure education was completed in another country.

I want to reinstate my lapsed or suspended Virginia LPN license.

I need to repeat the NCLEX exam and apply for licensure.

I want to apply for a Restricted Volunteer license.

   

Please choose one:

I have recently taken the NCLEX exam in Virginia, or are scheduled to take the NCLEX exam in Virginia.

I have recently taken the NCLEX exam in another U.S. state, or are scheduled to take the NCLEX in another state.

   

If you are a recent graduate from a Virginia approved nursing education program, you are required to complete the Application for Licensure by Examination. For more information about the NCLEX exam, or to schedule an exam date, please visit the Pearson Vue website.

What you'll need in order to apply:

  • Please read the Exam Application Instructions carefully before proceeding with an application.
  • Review the Virginia Laws and Regulations governing the practice of Nursing.
  • You will need to complete a Criminal Background Check (instructions in the online application)
  • You'll need the following documentation (details in the Exam Application Instructions)
    • Official Attestation of Graduation or, if your school does not provide it, an official transcript
    • If your name is different than what is indicated on your transcript or attestation of graduation, you'll need to submit evidence of your changed name (marriage license, court order, etc.)
    • Proof of your primary state of residence

Applications for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse by Examination are exclusively accepted online. Click the "Apply Now" button below to begin the online application process.

If you have graduated from a state-approved nursing education program and have been licensed by examination in another state within the U.S., or are scheduled to sit for the NCLEX in another state in the U.S., you may qualify for Licensure by Endorsement.

Note: Virginia participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), which allows nurses living in compact states to practice in all other compact states with a single multi-state license. You can view an Implementation Map to determine if your state participates in the compact. If your primary state of residence is a compact state, you must apply for licensure in that state.)

What you need in order to apply:

  • Please read the Application Instructions carefully before proceeding with an application.
  • Please review the Virginia Laws and Regulations governing the practice of Nursing.
  • You will need to complete a Criminal Background Check (instructions in the online application)
  • You'll need the following documentation (details in the Exam Application Instructions)
    • Official Attestation of Graduation or, if your school does not provide it, an official transcript
    • Your school will also need to send the VBON verification of the your clinical hours while enrolled in the program (details in the Application instructions).
    • If your name is different than what is indicated on your transcript or attestation of graduation, you'll need to submit evidence of your changed name (marriage license, court order, etc.)
    • Proof of your primary state of residence

Applications for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse by Endorsement are exclusively accepted online. Click the "Apply Now" button below to begin the online application process.

If you have graduated from a state-approved nursing education program and have been licensed by examination in another state within the U.S., you may qualify for Licensure by Endorsement.

Note: Virginia participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), which allows nurses living in compact states to practice in all other compact states with a single multi-state license. You can view an Implementation Map to determine if your state participates in the compact. If your primary state of residence is a compact state, you must apply for licensure in that state.)

What you need in order to apply:

  • Please read the Application Instructions carefully before proceeding with an application.
  • Please review the Virginia Laws and Regulations governing the practice of Nursing.
  • You will need to request license verification from original state of licensure (state where you took the NCLEX) (detailed instructions in the online application)
  • You will need to complete a Criminal Background Check (instructions in the online application)
  • Proof of your primary state of residence.

Applications for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse by Endorsement are exclusively accepted online. Click the "Apply Now" button below to begin the online application process.

Reinstatement Applications for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

You have indicated that you are interested in Reinstatement of your Nursing license.

This application is a PDF form that will need to be printed, filled out and sent to:

Virginia Board of Nursing
Perimeter Center 
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463

What you need in order to apply:

  • Review the Laws and Regulations regarding the practice of Nursing in Virginia.
  • If your license was revoked, you must wait to reapply until three years after the revocation order entry date.
  • Applicants are required to have a Criminal Background Check (CBC). For more information, see the Checklist Instructions.
  • You will need to provide evidence of completing the Continuing Education requirements specified in 18 VAC 90-19-160 during the two (2) years immediately preceding application for reinstatement.
  • The Virginia Board of Nursing may request additional evidence that the nurse is prepared to resume practice in a safe, competent manner.

Reinstatement Applications for Registered and Practical Nurses (RN/LPN)

If your nursing education was completed in another country and you have been licensed by examination in another state within the U.S., you may qualify for Licensure by Endorsement.

Note: Virginia participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), which allows nurses living in compact states to practice in all other compact states with a single multi-state license. You can view an Implementation Map to determine if your state participates in the compact. If your primary state of residence is a compact state, you must apply for licensure in that state.

What you need in order to apply:

  • Please review the  governing the practice of Nursing in Virginia.
  • You will need to complete a Criminal Background Check (instructions in the online application)
  • You will need to request license verification from original state of licensure (state where you took the NCLEX) (*detailed instructions in the online application)
  • You will need to submit a credential evaluation completed by CGFNS. For more information, click on these regulations: 18 VAC 90-19-120 and 18 VAC 90-19-130.
  • For Endorsement applicants only, the Board accepts the CES Professional reportICHP Visa Screen or CGFNS certificate (go to CGFNS International, Inc. for more information on available services.
  • You will need to provide proof of your primary state of residence.
  • If you do not currently have a Social Security Number, you must contact the Board at (804) 367-4515 to obtain a paper application for Licensure by Endorsement. You may be eligible for a temporary license that will be valid only for 90 days while you obtain your SSN and you must have a valid SSN to receive a permanent license.
  • Please read the Application Instructions carefully before proceeding with an application.

Applications for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse by Endorsement are exclusively accepted online. Click the "Apply Now" button below to begin the online application process.

Restricted Volunteer License  

Click here to go to information about Restricted Volunteer Licenses.

You have indicated that you are interested in Licensed Practical Nurse Licensure by Repeat Examination

This application is a paper form that will need to be filled out and sent to:

Virginia Board of Nursing
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463

What you need in order to apply:

  • You will need to register to take the NCLEX again - please visit the Pearson VUE website for more information and for registration.
  • Please review Laws and Regulations the governing the practice of Nursing.
  • Applicants need to complete a Criminal Background Check (more information in the Application Instructions)
  • If your name on the repeat application is different from the name on your original application, you will need to provide documentation of your name change (more information in the Application Instructions).
  • Please read the Application Instructions carefully before proceeding with the application.

Virginia Board of Nursing
Jay P. Douglas, MSM, RN, CSAC, FRE, Executive Director
Louise Hershkowitz. CRNA, MSHA, President