Licensure by Endorsement FAQs
Your local sheriff's office, police station or any authorized fingerprinting center.
Usually, but check with the place where you are planning on being fingerprinted.
Graduation from an approved LPN/LVN program if you are an LPN/LVN or graduation from an RN Program if you are an RN.
Having held the same type of licensure in another state.
Having passed the national licensure examination in effect at the time of licensure.
Check the status of the application through the IBON Online Services, then click on "Check the status of an application in process."
Yes, verification of a temporary license is verified under "License Verification" at IBON Online Services. You will need your Temporary License Number that begins with TMP.
A temporary license is issued when the board office has received:
- Application for licensure by endorsement
- Completed fingerprint cards and the waiver form.
- $169.00 Fee
- Verification of original license
- You have no criminal conviction(s)
- You have no current disciplinary action against your license in another state.
The temporary license is valid for 30 days.
What if I have had a criminal conviction or have current disciplinary action against my license in another state?
A license will not be issued until the board has received all required documentation and the board has reviewed the case file and voted to approve Iowa licensure.
Please email the change to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 515.281.4825 to the attention of the Endorsement Division.
Upon receiving all required documentation, applications are processed in the order received. You can monitor the status of your application on the board website by clicking on the IBON Online Services tab and selecting "Check the Status of an Application in Process" link.