Idaho Nursing License

Why take a travel nurse assignment in Idaho? Believe it or not, there is so much more to Idaho than potatoes! Often referred to as "the Spud Capital of America," this largely rural state is filled to the brim with friendly people and natural beauty.

The Onward Healthcare friendly team is standing by to help answer all your questions about applying or renewing your Idaho nursing license as well as work with you to find your next Idaho travel nursing job. Give us a call and we can help you get started today.

How to Apply for Your Idaho Nursing License

The first stop on your journey to get your proper license should be the Idaho Board of Nursing. Here, you will find all of the forms and information you need to find out how to apply, how to renew, and how to verify your Idaho nursing license. The IBN makes it very easy to apply by having all of the resources available and online:

Apply for Licensure in Idaho

  • Step 1: Click on the link to the Idaho Nurse portal.
  • Step 2: Create your online account.
  • Step 2: Create your online account.
  • Step 4: Read the instructions, complete the application and submit your application!

Types of Idaho Nurse License Applications:

  • License by examination (new applicants)
  • License by endorsement/equivalent (requires verification of existing state license, 2 years of experience, and education/NCLEX requirements)


A permanent Idaho nurse license is usually issued in about 8 weeks and a temporary license is issued in approximately 4 weeks. There is a $110 application fee for a license.

Renewing your license can also be done online. Nursing licenses in Idaho are renewed on a biennial basis, and professional nurses (RN) are on odd-numbered years.

Licenses expire on August 31st of the applicable year, and the fee for renewing prior to the expiration date is $90.00 and must be paid in full. If you renew after August 31st, you will be fined a $35.00 late fee.

Idaho Is A Nursing Compact State!

Idaho has been part of The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) since 2001! The NLC allows RNs who reside in and hold a multi-state license in one Compact state, the ability and privilege to practice nursing in other NLC states, without holding additional licenses in those states.

If you are an RN who already holds an NLC license in another state besides Idaho, you can start looking for a travel nurse assignment today! To find out if your state is part of the NLC, visit the link above.


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