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 Idaho


Temporary License 

  1. Register an account online
  2. Complete the Declaration of Primary Residence Form
    1. Check the box on the second page indicating that you want to receive a temporary license.
  3. Pay the associated fees
  4. Official verification of a current license in another jurisdiction (submit through Nursys)
    1. It is strongly encouraged to complete this right after your submit you application of license by endorsement.
    2. If you do not hold an active license in a state that participates in Nursys, you can still apply for a temporary license as long as you are able to complete step 5.
  5. Evidence of employment verification within three years (see below)

Permanent License

  1. Register an account online
  2. Complete the application for Licensure by Endorsement online
  3. Pay the associated fees
  4. Verification of original state licensure
    1. If the state participates in Nursys, you must complete the Nursys verification process, pay their fee and designate Idaho 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 License form to the Idaho Board of Nursing on your behalf.
  5. A satisfactory nursing employment reference from the three-year period immediately preceding the application.
    1. The reference must complete this Employment Verification form and either fax, email or mail it directly to the Idaho Board of Nursing.
  6. Read and sign the Idaho State Police Privacy Statement.
    1. Then either upload, fax or mail it directly to the Idaho Board of Nursing.
  7. Fingerprints and Complete Background Check
    1. Within your electronic application here in the Nurse Portal, you’ll be asked if you want us to mail a fingerprint card to you.  If you say “yes,” the Board of Nursing will mail you a fingerprint card, return envelope, and instructions; generally within 3 business days of your request.  
    2. Once you have had your fingerprint impressions made by a law enforcement official, submit the card to the Idaho Board of Nursing by mail in the envelope provided.  Do not fold the fingerprint card.


  1. Proof of citizenship or legal presence
  2. Verification of current License
  3. Verification of Original State License 
  4. Employment Reference 
  5. ID State Policy Privacy Statement 
  6. Fingerprint Card 
  7. Official sealed transcripts


Temporary License: Approximately 7-10 business days upon receipt of all required documents

Permanent License(final review): Approximately 5-10 business upon receipt of all required documents.


Renewal of License occurs every 2 years. 

  • Your RN license will expire on odd-numbered years. Licenses expire on August 31st of the applicable year.
  • The current fee for renewing prior to the expiration date is $90.00.
  • If you renew after August 31st, a $35.00 late fee is assessed.  
  • Licenses may be renewed three (3) months prior to the expiration date of your current license.

Required contact hours: must complete two activities from their list of accepted learning activities


Endorsement Application
License by Exam Application
International Application
Temporary License Application

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