Iowa Board of Nursing
Kathleen R. Weinberg, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Licensure by Endorsement FAQs

Where can I get fingerprinted?


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

Is there a fee to get fingerprinted?


Usually, but check with the place where you are planning on being fingerprinted.

Does it matter what state the fingerprints are taken in?



What are the requirements for licensure into Iowa from another state?


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.

What is the application process for license by endorsement to Iowa?


Refer to the Endorsement Applications Instructions found at the following link: Endorsement

How do I check on the progress of my application?


Check the status of the application through the IBON Online Services, then click on "Check the status of an application in process."

Can I verify my temporary license online?


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.

Can I verify my newly issued license online?


Yes, you can verify your license by last name and last four digits of your social security number at, IBON Online Services and then choose Secured Access. You can also view the newly issued license at

How can I be issued a temporary license?


A temporary license is issued when the board office has received: 

  1. Application for licensure by endorsement
  2. Completed fingerprint cards and the waiver form.
  3. $169.00 Fee
  4. Verification of original license
  5. You have no criminal conviction(s)
  6. You have no current disciplinary action against your license in another state.

How long is a temporary license valid?


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.

What if I have a change of name and/or address after I have applied for Iowa licensure?


Please email the change to or fax to 515.281.4825 to the attention of the Endorsement Division.

How soon will my Iowa license be issued after I apply?


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.  

Printed from the Iowa Board of Nursing website on January 23, 2021 at 2:05am.