State-by-State Nursing Licensure for COVID-19 (Updated)

With the public health emergency extending into April 2021, nursing licensure processes continue to vary by state and facility. We’ve compiled an overview of state-by-state licensure and procedures for StaffDNA’s top 25 states as of January 2021. We’ll continue to monitor and make updates as needed.

Arizona

Issuing temporary emergency licenses. Takes approximately 48 hours.


Arkansas

Regular temporary license takes 1 week. Not issuing emergency licenses.


California

Allowing out of state nurses with any active nursing license to work in California only if the facility chooses. Regular temporary license takes 8 to 10 weeks.


Colorado

Temporary licensure takes up to 30 days. Not issuing emergency licenses.


Florida

Regular license takes up to 30 days. Not issuing temporary licenses.


Georgia

Issuing emergency temporary licenses. Need to complete online application and email it to the Georgia Board of Nursing. Regular license takes 20 to 30 days.


Illinois

Offering a COVID emergency licenses. Regular temporary license takes 2 to 3 weeks.


Indiana

Offering emergency temp licenses. Regular temporary license takes 2 to 3 weeks.


Kentucky

Issuing emergency temporary licenses. Need to download application and mail it to Kentucky Board of Nursing. Regular temporary license takes 2 to 3 weeks.


Louisiana

Issuing both temporary licenses and walkthrough licenses. A temporary license takes approximately 2 weeks to process. Permanent licenses take 4 to 8 weeks. Because of COVID-19, walkthrough licenses are only issued through appointment only.


Maine

Issuing emergency temporary licenses. Need to complete online application and email it to the Main State Board of Nursing.


Michigan

Allowing any state licenses if they meet the COVID emergency requirements. Regular license takes 6 to 8 weeks.


Missouri

Issuing regular temporary licenses either walkthrough or via mail. Takes 2 to 5 days. Not issuing emergency temporary licenses.


Nevada

Allowing out of state nurses to work with any active nursing license. Regular temporary license takes 2 to 3 weeks.


New Hampshire

Issuing emergency licenses processed within 24-48 hours.


New Mexico

Allowing any state licenses to work in New Mexico.


North Dakota

Allowing out of state nurses with any active nursing license to work in-state. Apply online for emergency authorization. Regular temporary licensing takes 1 to 2 weeks.


Oklahoma

Regular temporary license takes up to 7 days. Not issuing emergency temporary licenses.


Oregon

Regular license currently takes 4 to 6 weeks. Not issuing emergency temporary licenses.


South Carolina

Regular temporary license takes up to 14 days. Not issuing emergency temporary licenses.


South Dakota

Allowing out of state nurses with any active nursing license to work in-state. Regular temporary license takes 1 to 2 weeks.


Tennessee

Regular license takes 4 to 6 weeks. Not issuing emergency temporary licenses.


Texas

Allowing out state nurses with active licenses to work in Texas until Feb. 6, 2021. Regular temporary license takes 2 weeks.


Virginia

Issuing emergency temporary licenses processed within 24-48 hours.


Wisconsin

Offering emergency temporary licenses. The facility must request it. Regular licensing takes 12 to 14 weeks.


Wyoming

Takes 2 to 3 weeks for temporary license.


**Indian Health Service Facilities accept any active state license.

UPDATED JANUARY 2021