Illinois Nursing License

Whether you want to get your kicks on Route 66 or prefer a more urban scene, the state of Illinois has just the thing. Chicago provides visitors with plenty of cultural and athletic attractions and a sizzling nightlife. The rest of Illinois offers its own intriguing allure and distinctive charm, from the historic town of Galena to beautiful Lake Shelbyville, and many points in between.

At this time, Illinois is not part of the NLC but we at Onward Healthcare can help you get your nursing license in Illinois as well as find your next Illinois travel nursing job

How to Apply for an Illinois Nursing License

While most states have a Board of Nursing, Illinois nurse licenses are issued by The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IFPN). The state offers nursing licenses by both endorsement and examination, and almost everything can be done online through their new Online Services Portal.

Types of Nursing Licenses in Illinois:

  • Examination
  • Endorsement
  • Renewal
  • Restoration

Regardless of the type of nursing license you are applying for, you need to have the following items ready:

  • Criminal background check and fingerprinting
  • Social security number and other pertinent personal info
  • Certificate of education
  • Verification of license and clinical hours (Endorsement only)

Before applying, you need to decide which category you fit in. New nurses who do not hold a state license will need to apply by examination and pass the NCLEX. For licensed nurses, you will need to apply by endorsement.

The fee for endorsement is currently $50. Nurses who already hold an Illinois nurse license will fall into one of two categories: renewal or restoration.

How to Renew Your Illinois Nursing License

So you may be wondering how to renew your license? Simply head on over to the IFPN and complete your renewal application. All Registered Nurses licenses expire on May 31 of every even-number year, regardless of the date of issuance.

If you have let your license lapse without renewing, you will need to go through the license restoration process. To restore a license that has expired or been placed on inactive status for more than five years, you must submit all documents and forms required for licensure by restoration. If it has been less than five years, you must contact the IFPN directly to find out more information.


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