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As of July 1, 2023, licensing and other health and occupational licenses will become part of the Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals and Licensing (DIAL) as a new organizational structure for state government goes into effect. Government departments and agencies that provide related services or have similar business functions are aligning to better serve Iowans.

Iowa Board of Nursing

Licensure FAQs

How do I change my name or address?

Address changes may be completed at IBON Online Services and then choose Licensing Services, then click Update Contact Information or submit 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. 

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


How can I verify status of an Iowa nursing license?

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. Click on License Verification. 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.

  • License verification is also available by last name and the last four digits of the SSN by choosing IBON Online Services and then click "Secured Access." Creating an account will be required for this method of verification. 

  • The board will provide a non-certified statement of licensure 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.
Where do I have get my fingerprint cards completed?

Fingerprint cards MUST be the ones issued by the Board of Nursing.

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. You can get your fingerprint cards completed in any state. 

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact Agreement?

The Nurse Licensure Compact Agreement (NLC) 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. NLC Information provides a listing of the compact states and additional information about the NLCA.