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Licensure FAQ

Address changes may be completed at IBON Online Services and then  choose Update Contact Information or submitted in writing, by fax (515.281.4825), or by email at Written requests must include your name, old address, new address, and your license number or social security number.

Name changes must be submitted in writing, by fax (515.281.4825) or Email  to All written requests must include your current name, previous name, and your license number or social security number. (Online name changes are not allowed)

Updated wallet cards are NOT issued automatically upon submission of an address or a name change. The Iowa Board of Nursing does not require you to receive an updated wallet card. The updates will be reflected upon license renewal. If you want an updated wallet card you will need to submit the incorrect wallet card with a note explaining your request. A fee of $20.00 is required when requesting a re-issued wallet card.

You must contact the state board of nursing where you want a license and request an application for licensure. Click here for information to contact other boards of nursing. Complete the Nursys license verification request online at  The fee of $30.00 is payable by debit or credit card. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the Nursys License Verification Department at 312.525.3780 or toll free at 866.819.1700.

The Iowa Board of Nursing provides two methods for employers/individuals to verify a RN or LPN license in "real time":

  • Access the On-Line License Verification System at IBON Online Services. The employer/individual may verify the status of an Iowa license, determine if the license has discipline and print the information on the screen.  A license number is required for On-Line verification.
  • The board will provide a non-certified statement of licensure a by mail upon receipt of a written request and fee payment. The fee for a non-certified statement of licensure for RN or LPN license is $3.00 per license. Fees are payable to the Iowa Board of Nursing. This process does not include a certified statement.
  • For additional questions on License Verification call 515.281.3264.

In order for an individual to become licensed in Iowa, one must first graduate from a state board approved nursing program, at which time they can then apply for licensure. If someone has answered yes to the criminal conviction question on the licensure application the applicant must provide copy(s) of the sentencing order(s) when submitting application materials. The Board of Nursing will review each individual application and criminal record and make a final decision regarding licensure. The applicant has the option to sit for the NCLEX exam before or after they have received approval for licensure. The applicant will be asked to submit the following written materials to the board office at the time of application.

1) Send a copy of the court records (e.g., sentencing order, dispositional documents, trial information, judgment entry) along with the application.

2) A brief summary of the conditions the led to the charge(s), including date, location and outcome, must be included with the application.

A licensee is required to notify the Board within 30 days of the entry of a guilty plea, deferred judgment, or criminal conviction. A licensee is also required to notify the Board within 30 days of the date of the final decision in a disciplinary action taken by the licensing authority of another state, territory or country.

If the criminal conviction or discipline has been reviewed by the Board, a licensee shall answer affirmatively to these questions on future license applications and/or renewals and indicate the issue has been reviewed by the Board.

Those individuals who have graduated from a state board approved practical nursing program. An individual may not challenge the NCLEX examination under any circumstance in the State of Iowa.

A license status is automatically changed to inactive status when the license is not renewed by the 15th day of the month following expiration date on the wallet card. No fee is required.

You can verify your license by last name and last four digits of your social security number at, IBON Online Services and then Secured Access. You can also verify a license at by entering a name.

Upon receipt of all required documentation the reactivation process is completed within 3 - 5 working days. Verification of the status of your license may be obtained through the online verification program at IBON Online Services.

Reactivation requires 1.2 Continuing Education Units or 12 Contact Hours earned within the 12 months prior to the date of receipt of the reactivation application.

Fingerprint impressions MUST be obtained through an authorized technician. Contact your local sheriff's office or police department to set up an appointment to have your fingerprints taken (a fee may be charged for this service). DO NOT CALL 911 when contacting the sheriff's office or police department for this reason.

Your local sheriff's office, police station or any authorized fingerprinting center.


The Nurse Licensure Compact Agreement (NLCA) allows a nurse who resides in a compact state to hold ONE license in the nurse's primary state of residence and practice in all other states in which the compact is in effect. Primary state of residence is where the nurse holds a driver's license, pays taxes and/or votes. A listing of the compact states and additional information about the NLCA can be found at

A fact sheet to assist new graduates with Nurse Licensure Compact questions can be found in this pdf file: NLC Information for New Grads

All wallet cards will indicate "Multi State License" unless a non-compact state is declared primary state of residence. "SINGLE STATE LICENSE" will be printed on all wallet cards that are non-compact states.

If your primary state of residence is the State of Iowa your wallet card will indicate "MULTI-STATE LICENSE".

Your first renewal requires 2.4 Continuing Education Units or 24 Contact Hours for renewal. All renewals following your original renewal (full three year license) require 3.6 Continuing Education Units or 36 Contact Hours.

The Iowa Board of Nursing encourages online renewal. The Online License Center is a secure website and allows immediate license renewal. However, if internet access is unavailable (home, local library, employment, friend) a paper renewal may be requested by calling 515.281.4826.

The Iowa Board of Nursing encourages online renewal. The Online License Center is a Secure Website. However, you may follow the online process and stop when you reach the payment page. Mail to this office a note stating the application has been completed online with the renewal fee of $99.00. A paper renewal application may be also be requested by calling 515.281.4826.