Travel Nursing License Processing Timeframes by State

Below are the average license processing timeframes for traveling nurses per state.

Please note that timeframes for verifications, transcripts, and background checks can affect the processing times for travel nurses, and each person’s situation may vary slightly. Please check with your recruiter to get more detailed information. Please note: time frames are subject to change!

Verifications: All state boards require verification of your original state of nursing licensure; some boards will also require your most recent state of licensure and/or an active state license. Most state verifications can now be ordered through the Nursys website – www.nursys.com. If your state is not listed, you will need to obtain the required form and submit it to your state. We recommend that you check with those state boards to find out the mailing address and fee for verifications.

Transcripts: Some states require original transcripts delivered directly from your school. Please read through the application carefully to see if this situation applies. If transcripts are required, the application package may contain a request form you can use to submit to your school. Always check with your school to confirm where these requests are to be sent and find out if they charge a fee for this service. Important: State boards will not accept copies of transcripts that you might already have received. They must be originals sent directly from the school.

CEUs: Some states require the completion of CEUs for travel nursing licensure. Please read through the application carefully to see what CEUs, if any, are required for initial licensure.

State Timeframe - Temporary Permit Compact Walkthrough Notes
Alabama 1 week No No  
Alaska 3-4 weeks No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Arizona 48 hrs walk-in/2 weeks mail Yes Yes LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Arkansas 4 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
California

RN: 3-4 weeks with LiveScan

LPN: 8-10 weeks (no temp permit)

No No

RN: LiveScan in CA required for temporary permit

LPN: LiveScan or fingerprint cards required

Colorado 2-3 weeks Yes No  
Connecticut 3 weeks No No  
Delaware 2 weeks Yes No  
District of Columbia 3 weeks No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Florida 4-5 weeks (no temp permit) No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required; online application
Georgia 4-6 weeks (no temp permit) No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Hawaii Same day No Yes  
Idaho 3-5 days Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required 
Illinois 4 weeks No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Indiana 1 week No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Iowa 1-2 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Kansas 2+ weeks No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Kentucky 2-3 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Louisiana

RN: Same day

LPN: 1-2 weeks

No

RN: Yes

LPN: No

LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Maine 2 weeks Yes No  
Maryland 2-3 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Massachusetts 3-4 weeks (no temp permit) No No License processed through PCS in Tennessee
Michigan 6-8 weeks (no temp permit) No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Minnesota 5 days No No Border state recognition registration available
Mississippi 5-7 days Yes No  
Missouri 2 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Montana 2 weeks (no temp permit) Yes No Fingerprint cards required
Nebraska 2-3 weeks Yes No  
Nevada 2-3 weeks No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
New Hampshire 4-6 weeks Yes No LiveScan and application drop of req'd for temp permit
New Jersey 8-10 weeks (no temp permit) No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required (online application)
New Mexico 3 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
New York 4-6 weeks (no temp permit) No No  
North Carolina 2 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
North Dakota 1-2 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Ohio 2 weeks No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Oklahoma 3 weeks No No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required (online application)
Oregon 3-4 weeks (no temp permit) No No Fingerprint cards required
Pennsylvania 2-3 weeks No No  
Rhode Island 4-5 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
South Carolina Same day or 2 weeks Yes Yes LiveScan (same day) or fingerprint cards (mail-in) 
South Dakota 1-2 weeks Yes No Must use fingerprint cards from the Board
Tennessee 4-6 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Texas 2-3 weeks Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Utah 3-4 weeks (no temp permit) Yes No LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Vermont Same day No Yes Application drop off required for temporary permit
Virginia 3 weeks Yes No Online application
Virgin Islands 13-16 weeks (no temp permit) No No Must request application from the board
Washington 3 weeks No No Fingerprint cards required
West Virginia 2-3 weeks No No  
Wisconsin 2-4 weeks Yes No  
Wyoming 2-3 weeks No No Fingerprint cards required
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