Licensure Guide

To help ease the process of finding work as a traveling RN, you have to be licensed by the state where you will be working as a nurse, and you will also need a multistate license.

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Licensing Guide For Travel Nurses In Arizona



  1. You must come into the Arizona Board of Nursing office and complete the licensure by endorsement application and pay the fees at the lobby kiosk.
  2. You must bring a completed fingerprint card.
  3. Must have a job offer letter with a start date within 7 days. Your name must be in the letter, with the start date, on the letterhead of the agency.
  4. You must bring lawful presence documents and photo identification.
  5. You must have 960 hours of employment within the last 5 years (if the program was completed more than 5 years ago)
  6. If you are a foreign educated nurse applicant, you must have a copy of your Visa screen or CGFNS with your CGFNS ID number (if applicable).


Temporary License: 

  1. Submit an application for Licensure by Endorsement online
    • Request for a temporary license.
  2. Provide a minimum of 960 practice hours and/or six months of nursing employment (if the program was completed more than 5 years ago)
  3. Pay the associated fees
  4. Verification of original state of licensure
    • If the state participates in Nursys, you must complete the Nursys verification process, pay their fee and designate Arizona as the receipt of the verification.
    • If the state does not participate in Nursys, you must contact their state Board directly for further instructions. They will need to mail this official verification form to the Arizona Board of Nursing on your behalf.
  5. Citizenship/lawful presence documentation
    • All applicants must upload a copy of acceptable documentation regarding citizenship / nationality / alien status.
    • A copy of the document must be submitted on an 8½ x 11 sheet of plain white paper and submitted with the application.
  6. Submission of a fingerprint card
    • A fingerprint card will NOT be issued from the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
    • A fingerprint card can be obtained from any local facility that offers fingerprinting services.
  7. Armed forces nurses – have military transcripts sent directly to the Arizona Board of Nursing (if applicable).



  1. Temporary License Time-Frame: 48 hours walk-in OR 2 weeks mail
  2. Permanent License Time-Frame: 1-2 months

*A temporary license can be held at the Board for pick up if you submit a written request with your application.


Renewal of your license occurs every 4 years

  • You shall renew your license beginning on February 1 through April 1 on the year the license expires.


One of the following within the past 5 years:

  • 960 hours of RN-licensed practice
  • Board-approved refresher course
  • Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree
  • Advanced degree (RN to BSN, MSN, or doctorate; or advanced practice certificate)


Endorsement Application
Application Fee
Background Fingerprints
Temporary Permit
$50.00 (Payment can only be processed online)

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