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 Arkansas


  1. Complete an application for Licensure by Endorsement online
    1. Pay the associated fees.
    2. Provide a valid United States Social Security Number.
  2. Verification of your original state licensure
    1. If the state does participate in Nursys, you must complete the Nursys verification process, pay their fee and designate Arkansas as the receipt of the verification.
    2. If the state does not participate in Nursys, you must contact their state Board directly for further instructions. They will need to submit an official Verification of Licensure form to the Arkansas Board of Nursing on your behalf.
  3. Complete Background Check – Obtained either by Arkansas Live Scan fingerprint scanning or ink-based fingerprint card
    *Timing is weeks faster if you decide to get your fingerprints done through Live Scan. The Board of Nursing receives the results within a week, rather than waiting 4-6 weeks for the fingerprint cards.
  4. If you were educated outside of the United States, you must also complete this checklist
  5. If you have not been engaged in the active practice of nursing for a period greater than five (5) years, you need to document completion of the following:
    1. Active practice of nursing for a minimum of one thousand hours (1,000) within the one year immediately prior to application.
    2. Verification of employment.
    3. Completion of an Arkansas approved refresher course within one (1) year of the date of application.
    4. Graduation from an approved nursing education program within one year of the date of application.


  1. Proof of citizenship 
  2. Official sealed transcripts
  3. Verification of Original State License  
  4. Verification of all state licensures
  5. Completed Fingerprint Card


  1. Temporary License Time-Frame: 3-5 business days
  2. Permanent License Time-Frame: 3-5 business days


Renewal of your license occurs every 2 years

  • The Arkansas State Board of Nursing renews licenses on a staggered biennial birthdate system.
  • The first license may be valid from 91 days to two years depending upon one’s birth date.

15 required contact hours, national certification/recertification, or completion of one college credit hour course in nursing with grade C or better.


Endorsement Application
Temporary Permit

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