Find Your Nursing Licensure Guide

Missouri, MO

eNLC: Yes
Walk-Through: Yes
Temp License: Yes
Nursys: Yes
BON website
P: (573) 751-0681



Endorsement Application: $105.00

Temporary Permit: No extra charge


Permanent License

Approximately 5-7 business days upon receipt of all required materials.

Temporary License

Approximately 5-7 business days upon receipt of all required materials.


  • Renewal cadence: Biannually on April 30th of every odd-numbered year.
  • Renewal fee: $85
  • Required contact hours: None
  • A nurse is required to renew 3 business days prior to the expiration date. If you do not renew your license during the renewal period, your license will lapse. If you wish to practice in Missouri, you will be required to apply for reinstatement.
  • License renewal directions will be emailed to nurses approximately three months prior to the expiration date. You have a legal responsibility to change your name and/or address within 30 days of the change. Failure to inform the board of your current residence is cause for license discipline.

Important Things to Know

  • Submit payment via check or money order, made payable to the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
  • The Missouri BON does not accept electronically submitted applications. Applications must be mailed to PO Box 656, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
  • Missouri does not issue a physical temporary permit or license card. You will receive notification of a temporary permit (if you qualify) and subsequent license through Nursys.
  • Your application is valid for 12 months. If incomplete after 12 months have passed, your application will be discarded and you must reapply and repay the application fee.
  • It can take up to 4 weeks for your fingerprint results to be sent to the BON. The process is faster if you are fingerprinted in Missouri, typically within 2-3 business days.

Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Mail in a signed and notarized application and pay the fee.
  2. Submit a copy of one of the following documents to prove US citizenship or lawful presence. Do not send originals. Accepted documents include: US birth certificate, US passport, Permanent Resident Card, Unexpired Visa, I-94, I-20.
  3. Provide a background check with fingerprints. Instructions for fingerprinting can be found here (bottom of p. 1).
  4. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure. If this state does not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state’s BON and request verification be sent to the Missouri BON.
  5. Request an official final transcript from your degree program, showing the degree awarded and completion/graduation date. Electronic transcripts can be sent directly from Parchment, Credentials Solutions, eSCRIP-SAFE or National Student Clearinghouse to
    1. International students can find instructions for transcripts here (p. 3-4).
  6. Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds may be required to submit evidence of proficiency in the English language.
  7. Additional information may be required if you answered “yes” to any screening questions.

Temporary License

  1. If you qualify, you will automatically be issued a temporary permit.
  2. Temporary permits are valid for 6 months and are non-renewable.
  3. Once all items have been received by the BON except the results of your background check, you may be issued a provisional license.