Maryland Nursing License

Maryland is home to prestigious Magnet Status facilities and some of the top teaching hospitals in the country. Nursing experience at Magnet Hospitals like Johns Hopkins can add prestige and credibility to any travel nurse’s resume and teaching hospitals provide nurses with the opportunity to work closely with medical staff and gain valuable experience.

Onward Healthcare also has exclusive contracts with Georgetown and Washington Hospital Center teaching hospitals in Maryland. These exclusive contracts mean that our nurses have access to jobs that other agencies can’t provide.

Luckily, Onward Healthcare will help each nurse with licensing. The licensing experts at Onward Healthcare are available to answer all questions and help nurses through the process of obtaining their Maryland nursing license for travel nursing jobs. Furthermore, it is encouraged to discuss reimbursement for licensing costs with a recruiter. Our recruiters will also help find your ideal Maryland travel nursing assignments.

About the Maryland License Process

Nurses who are licensed in another state and have never held a Maryland license may apply for Maryland nursing licensure by endorsement. Endorsement applicants must complete a background check before completing the online application. Verification of original licensure is also required, which can often be done through the Nursys.

Applying For A Maryland Nursing License

The application fees for nurses seeking their Maryland license by endorsement are:

  • $100 for an Endorsement license;
  • $40 for a Temporary nursing license; or
  • $140 for both Temporary and Endorsement licenses
  • Background fees of $57.25 are also required

Temporary licenses are good for 90 days; extension requests can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Onward Healthcare travel nurses can qualify for reimbursement of all fees paid for their Maryland RN license, and get help with the application process.

How Long Does it Take to Get a License by Endorsement?

After the Maryland Board of Nursing has received all required documentation and fees, they will normally issue a nursing license in 3-4 weeks. Timing can vary by seasonal demand.

Need to look up your Maryland nursing license? Nurses can verify that their license has been issued on the state board’s website.

Is Maryland a Compact Nursing State?

Yes. Maryland is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows nurses in nearly 40 states in the compact to work across state lines. If a nurse claims another compact state as their primary state of residence and has a multistate nursing license, they can pursue travel nursing jobs in Maryland—without having to pay additional fees or obtain another license. And background checks are not required if you are working on a compact license in Maryland.

The Nursys system can verify if you already hold an NLC multistate nursing license.

What You Need to Know if You are Renewing Your MD License:

Maryland nursing licenses can be renewed for a two-year period.

The state board will renew an RN license within 5-10 days upon receipt of:

  • Completed online renewal application
  • Required fees – $136 biennially for RN renewal (includes MHCC fee)*

* The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) fee assessed to Active status RNs varies on an annual basis. The current assessment is $13 annually, which is doubled for qualified biennial RN renewals. Reactivating a Maryland RN license from Inactive status requires a different application process.


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