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License Application Status | Education Credentials from Non-approved Programs | Licensing Examination | Verification of Nurse Licensure in Another State | Practice Issues | Professional Misconduct and Discipline | General Customer Service | School Nurse Teacher Certificate

License Application Status

Find the status of your license application by checking our online license verifications; your name will be added immediately when your license number is issued. You may also contact:

  • RNs, Clinical Nurse Specialists & LPNs:

    NY State Education Department
    Office of the Professions
    Division of Professional Licensing Services
    Nurse Unit
    89 Washington Avenue
    Albany, New York 12234-1000
    518-474-3817, ext. 280 (voice)
    518-474-3398 (fax)
    opunit4@nysed.gov

  • Nurse Practitioners:

    NY State Education Department
    Office of the Professions
    Division of Professional Licensing Services
    Nurse Practitioner Unit
    89 Washington Avenue
    Albany, New York 12234-1000
    518-474-3817, ext. 270 (voice)
    518-402-5354 (fax)
    opunit3@nysed.gov

Please provide your name, social security number, date of birth, and the name of the profession in any correspondence.


Education Credentials from Non-approved Programs

  • RNs & LPNs:

    To obtain an application for the required credentials verification of education completed outside the United States:

    The Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
    PO Box 8628
    Philadelphia, PA 19101-8628
    215-349-8767 (voice)
    215-349-0026 (fax)
    www.cgfns.org External Link Icon

  • Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists:

    If you have questions about acceptable documentation to verify education completed outside the U.S. or in non-approved programs, contact:

    NY State Education Department
    Office of the Professions
    Bureau of Comparative Education
    89 Washington Avenue
    Albany, New York 12234-1000
    518-474-3817, ext. 300 (voice)
    518-486-2966 (fax)
    comped@nysed.gov


Licensing Examinations for RN & LPN

The NCLEX Examinations are administered for New York by:

NCLEX Examination Program
Pearson Professional Testing
5601 Green Valley Drive
Bloomington, MN 55437-1099
1-866-496-2539 (voice)
vuepearsonprofessionaltesting@vue.com

You may register online directly with the examination provider, VUE External Link Icon , the electronic testing service of NCS Pearson, to take NCLEX.

There are no required licensing examinations for nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists.


Verification of Nurse Licensure in Another State

If you are licensed as a nurse in another state, you must provide the New York State Education Department with verification of that licensure. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) handles verification of RN and LPN licenses for a majority of states through their Nurse System (Nursys). You can check to see if the state(s) where you are licensed as a nurse participates in Nursys by visiting their Web site at www.nursys.com External Link Icon or by calling them at 1-866-819-1700.

If the state(s) where you are licensed as a nurse participates in Nursys, you must request verification of your licensure from Nursys, not the state(s). If your state(s) of licensure does (do) not appear on the Nursys list, you must use the Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification form (Form 3) to verify your licensure to New York State.

Please note, if you hold any other professional licenses in states other than New York, you must also use Form 3 to verify that licensure to New York State.


Practice Issues

For answers to questions concerning practice issues, contact:

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Nursing
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 120 (voice)
518-474-3706 (fax)
nursebd@nysed.gov


Professional Misconduct and Discipline

This site contains information concerning professional misconduct, including how to file a complaint and search for disciplinary actions taken against licensees.


General Customer Service

Office of the Professions staff are available from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, Eastern time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 570 (voice)
518-473-1426 (TDD/TTY)
518-474-1449 (fax)
op4info@nysed.gov


School Nurse Teacher Certificate

Certifications are issued by the Department's Office of Teaching Initiatives.

Last Updated: August 11, 2014