Find Your Nursing Licensure Guide

North Carolina, NC

eNLC: Yes
Walk-Through: No
Temp License: Yes
Nursys: Yes
BON website
P: (919) 782-3211



Endorsement Application: $150.00

Background Check Processing:  $38.00


Permanent License

‍Approximately 2-4 weeks upon receipt of all required materials.

Temporary License

Approximately 2-3 weeks upon receipt of all required materials.


  • Renewal cadence: Every 2 years on the last day of your birth month. The renewal period opens 90 days before your license’s expiration date.
  • Renewal fee: $100
  • Required contact hours: Select one option from this list.

Important Things to Know

  • Only credit or debit transactions are accepted. Only Visa and MasterCard cards are accepted.
  • 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.
  • If your most recent license has been inactive or lapsed for five or more years, you must complete a Board Approved Refresher Course.

Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Submit an application online and pay the fee.
  2. Provide the name, location and year of graduation of your basic school of nursing.
  3. Provide the state, year and license number of your original license by examination.
  4. Provide the state of your current license and license number.
  5. Provide the dates of employment and position(s) held for your previous 2 nursing employers. 
  6. Provide a list of all U.S. Member Boards in which you have EVER been licensed.
  7. Provide your Social Security Number.
  8. 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 North Carolina BON via the Verification of Original License form and/or the Verification of Current License form.
  9. Provide a background check with fingerprints. Instructions for fingerprinting can be found here.

Temporary License

  1. Temporary permits are valid for 6 months and cannot be renewed or extended.
  2. Once all items have been received by the BON except your background check results, you may be issued a provisional license.