North Carolina Nursing License

No one is really sure why North Carolina is called the Tar Heel State, but there's one thing that's indisputable — people are migrating to this southern state in droves. With more than 1,500 lakes, 200 waterfalls and more paved miles of road than any other state, it's easy to see why. Cities such as Charlotte, Asheville and Raleigh are all basking in the glory of this newfound fame and travel nurses flock to North Carolina throughout all four seasons for the chance to explore this beautiful state and its numerous job opportunities.

At Onward Healthcare, we can help you throughout the North Carolina nursing license process. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is here to support. Also, we can help you find your next North Carolina travel nursing job.

About the North Carolina License Process

Nurses who do not have an NLC multistate license but hold an active nursing license in another state or U.S. territory can apply for licensure by an endorsement through the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON). First-time licensees would apply for licensure by examination. All license applications, renewals, and verifications take place via the NCBON’s Nurse Gateway portal. The travel nursing experts at Onward Healthcare can find your ideal travel assignments in North Carolina, walk you through the North Carolina RN licensing process, set you up with housing, and even reimburse your licensing fees.

How to Apply for your North Carolina Nursing License

  • Log in to the NCBON Nurse Gateway;
  • Complete the online application for endorsement and submit the $150 fee;
  • Show evidence of:
  • Completion of an approved nursing education program;
  • Successful completion of NCLEX or SBTPE;
  • Self-certification of mental and physical health;
  • Active license in another jurisdiction;
  • The unencumbered license in all jurisdictions where you hold or have held a license;
  • Explanation and completion of any conditions for disciplinary or legal issues related to your nursing license.
  • Provide fingerprints and the appropriate forms and fees for a criminal background check. Fingerprint cards are sent to out-of-state applicants after their application has been submitted.

Top North Carolina Nursing License Q&As

How Long Can It Take To Receive Your North Carolina Nursing License?

It can take four weeks or more to receive your new North Carolina nursing license, but you may be eligible for a temporary nursing license while your application is in process. Talk to a recruiter about your assignment needs.

In fact, the licensing team at Onward Healthcare is available to answer any questions and help you through the application and licensing process.

Is North Carolina a Nursing Compact State?

Yes, North Carolina is a part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). This meaning, if you hold a multistate RN license, issued by your primary state of residency, you are well on your way to working in the Tar Heel State—because you can take travel nursing jobs in North Carolina without the need for additional licensing.

How To Renew Your North Carolina Nursing License?

The nurse licensure period in North Carolina is two years and will expire on the last day of your birth month. The initial licensure period may be for less than two years in order to place the expiration on the birth month.

Applications for a North Carolina Board of Nursing license renewal should be submitted via the Nurse Gateway portal and be accompanied by the $100 renewal fee. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have met the NCBON Continuing Competence Requirements.


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