Endorsement of Nursing Licenses


Who is Eligible for Endorsement of a License?

The New York State Education Department grants nursing licenses "by endorsement" to qualified registered professional nurses, licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses. To qualify for endorsement applicants must have completed their nursing education in another state and be licensed in other states. Please note that New York State is not a "Nursing Compact State". Proof of acceptable education and verification of license from all states where you hold a license is required.


How do I apply for Licensure by Endorsement?

If you are licensed as an R.N. or L.P.N. in another state and have completed your professional nursing education in another state, you must submit the following:

*Additional coursework in Child Abuse Reporting and/or Infection Control may be required.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) handles verification of licensure 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 by checking Nursys list 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 Form 3 - Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification 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 - Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification to verify that licensure to New York State.

Last Updated: October 24, 2017