Find Your Nursing Licensure Guide

Minnesota, MN

eNLC: No
Walk-Through: Yes
Temp License: Yes
Nursys: Yes
BON website
P: (612) 317-3000



Endorsement Application: $105.00

Temporary Permit: No extra charge


Permanent License

The BON does not commit to a timeframe for permanent licensure.

Temporary License

Approximately 24-48 hours upon receipt of all required materials.


  • Renewal cadence: Renewal of your license occurs every 2 years during your birth month. If you were born in an even numbered year, your license will expire every 2 years during even years. If you were born in an odd numbered year, your license will expire every 2 years in odd numbered years.

    – If you received your initial credential greater than 6 months before your renewal window, you are still required to renew your license and begin the 2-year renewal cycle.
  • Renewal fee: $85
  • Required contact hours: 24
  • Paper renewals are not accepted.

Important Things to Know

  • Paper licenses or cards are not provided. Anyone can verify a nurse’s license by going to the Board’s website; click on the Verify a License button, log in and then click the Verification Services link and follow the instructions to search by license number or name.
  • The MBN Online Services application is best viewed on Firefox or Chrome.

Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

    1. Submit an application online or mailed in and pay the fee.
    2. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure and the state where you are currently employed. If these states do not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state’s BON and request verification be sent to the Minnesota BON via the Verification of Licensure form (p. 6).
    3. If you have ever worked as a nurse, you must have your most recent employer complete and submit a Confirmation of Nursing Employment for Licensure by Endorsement form. Print the form from the Board’s website and submit to your current nursing employer.
    4. Provide a background check with fingerprints. The BON will send you a fingerprinting card to complete. Do not complete fingerprints until you receive this card from the Board or your fingerprints will be rejected.
    5. You may need to report continuing education or successfully complete a refresher course depending on how long it has been since you last practiced nursing. The Board will contact you if you are required to report continuing education.

    Temporary License

    1. If you wish to be issued a provisional license, please indicate this on your application.
    2. Temporary permits are valid for 60 days and are non-renewable.