Which States Are RN Walk-Through States?
The Delaware Board of Nursing offers temporary licenses for RNs who have been offered a position in the state at the time they apply. The license is valid for 90 days.
Delaware Board of Nursing
861 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 203
Dover, DE 19904
Licensees must provide the state's board of nursing with proof of licensure and submit an application for a temporary, 90-day certification.
Maine Board of Nursing
161 Capitol Street
Augusta, Maine 04333
Among the standard requirements, the Maryland Board of Nursing requires that licensees demonstrate a proficiency in speaking English.
Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland, 21215
The Vermont Board of Nursing confers a temporary certificate to licensees valid for 90 days.
Vermont Board of Nursing
National Life Bldg, North FL2
Montpelier, VT 05620
The Kansas State Board of Nursing may grant a temporary license of up to 120 days.
Kansas State Board of Nursing
900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1051
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Licensees should contact the Missouri Division of Professional Registration about temporary certification; you may be required to provide proof of residency.
Missouri Division of Professional Registration
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Aside from the standard requirements, licensees must have graduated from an accredited nursing program within the past two years, have completed at least 500 hours of practical experience in the last five years, or have completed a review course in the last five years. Contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for more information on acquiring a temporary license.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
RNs have to submit an application to the state board of nursing to apply for a nonrenewable temporary license to practice that will expire after 90 days.
South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 S. Louise Avenue Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
- South Carolina
The South Carolina Board of Nursing stipulates that all licensees pass the national licensure examination within three years of graduating from an approved nursing program.
South Carolina Board of Nursing
110 Centerview Dr., Suite 202
Columbia, S.C. 29210
While it's considered a walk-through state, North Carolina requires RNs to schedule an appointment with the state board of nursing.
North Carolina Board of Nursing
4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
While not officially a walk-through state, RNs in Virginia are allowed to operate under a temporary license for 30 days, before receiving their permanant license.
Virginia Board of Nursing
Department of Health Professions
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23233
RNs looking to practice in California must contact the California Board of Registered Nursing.
California Board of Registered Nursing
1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite N217
Sacramento, CA 95834
The Colorado Board of Nursing oversees all licensure inquiries in the state.
Colorado Board of Nursing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Visit the Idaho Board of Nursing for information on getting your temporary license through the process of endorsement.
Idaho Board of Nursing
280 North 8th St. Suite 210
Boise, Idaho 83720
While not technically a walk-through state, Alaska does offer temporary licenses. You must contact the Alaska Board of Nursing (ABN) to schedule an appointment.
Alaska Board of Nursing
550 West Seventh Avenue Suite 1500
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3567