How to Apply

To apply for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure, you must have graduated from an approved nursing education program. Licensure requires that you file with the Georgia Board of Nursing and renew your license every 2 years. Review the requirements and the step-by-step guide below.

  • You must submit all the required documentation and fees in order to be considered for licensure. 
  • See specific instructions for application depending on license and application type. 
  • Renewal is completed online and is required by January 31 of the year it expires. Please refer to the expiration date on your license for specific renewal dates. Late renewal period is Feb 1 - Feb 28 of the year it expires.

Select your application type to view instructions on how to apply:

Licensure by Exam (U.S.) Checklist

Licensure by Exam International Checklist

Licensure by Exam Application for Graduates of Non-Traditional Nursing Education Programs

Reinstatement Checklist

Endorsement Checklist

Upgrade to eNLC (Compact) License Checklist

Renewal Checklist

After you Apply – What to Expect

  • Processing Time – Applications are generally processed within 20 business days of receipt, excluding weekends and holidays. Applications are individually evaluated by the Board in order of date received, and processing times can vary based on individual circumstances and volume. 
    • If you receive a deficiency letter, your 20 day count restarts when the Board receives your correct and complete documentation.
    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees. 
    • Completed applications will be initially reviewed by Board staff and may be reviewed by the Board at an upcoming Board Meeting. Applications must be complete and received at least 15 days prior to a Board Meeting to be added to that meeting’s agenda. Otherwise, the application will be reviewed at the next Board meeting.
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  • Keep Your Contact Info Up to Date
    • Be sure the email address you include for yourself on your application is correct and current. Email is the primary means of communication used by the Board.  
    • Additionally, it is important for applicants/licensees to update their email address with the Board just as they would update their physical and mailing addresses.
  • Wait For It
    • You may not legally perform services until you hold an active license. 
    • Staff will communicate with you regarding the status of your application.

Disability Accommodations

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA Public Law 101-336), the Professional Licensing Boards Division provides for reasonable accommodations by designated vendors for exam candidates with disabilities that may interfere with their performance on a Licensure Examination.  

Applicants may request an accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act by submitting an application and all supporting documentation to the respective Board and/or a designated vendor as instructed on this form>>

 

Fees

Application by exam

$40

Application by endorsement

$75

Application by reinstatement

$90

APRN authorization

$90

eNLC Conversion

$50

Nursing Education Program Development

$1,000

License renewal

$65

Late renewal

$75

Verification of License

$35

Transcript request

$15

Roster of licensees

$100

Repeat Exam (for each instance)

$40

Wall certificates

$50

Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

  • Online processing fee: $5.00
  • Mail-In processing fee: $10.00

Licensure by Exam (U.S.) Checklist

If you have graduated from a U.S. approved nursing education program and have never been licensed before, apply for licensure by Exam.

Licensure by Exam International Checklist

Graduates of nursing education programs outside the U.S. who are first-time writers of the NCLEX-RN in Georgia; or applicants who are RNs in Puerto Rico, apply by Licensure by Exam for International Graduates.

Licensure by Exam Application for Graduates of Non-Traditional Nursing Education Programs

Reinstatement Checklist

If you have a lapsed licensed as an RN in the state of Georgia, apply for licensure by RN reinstatement.

Endorsement Checklist

If you have an active RN license in another U.S. jurisdiction, apply for endorsement if you meet one of the conditions described below.

Upgrade to eNLC (Compact) License Checklist

Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who hold an active Georgia license and meet specific eNLC requirements are eligible to apply for multistate licensure.

Renewal Checklist

Once issued, licenses renew on January 31st of the year it expires. Please refer to your expiration date on your license for specific renewal dates. 

How to File

To file online:

Once your checklist is completed, please create an account and upload all documents through the online portal.

To file by mail: 

Once your checklist is completed, please mail all documents in a 9x12 envelope (do not fold into a smaller envelope) to: 

Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive 
Macon, Georgia 31217 

Contact

Address

237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217

Contact Georgia Board of Nursing

Address

237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217