I live in Kansas. How do I get a multistate license?
- If you are an existing resident of Kansas and you hold a license in Kansas and would like to obtain a multistate license, the board of nursing will need to evaluate your eligibility. You can start the process by completing the application for a multistate license.
- If you are a new graduate you should complete the application for license by examination found on the board of nursing website at ksbn.kansas.gov
- If you are a nurse who resides in Kansas and not already licensed in this state, then complete the application for license by endorsement found on the board of nursing website.
When will the application for a multistate license become available?
- The application will be available on the board of nursing website beginning July 1, 2019. See ksbn.kansas.gov for the application and application instructions
What are the requirements to obtain a multistate license?
- To receive a multistate license in the NLC, a nurse must meet the following eleven uniform licensure requirements and a multistate license will NOT be issued unless the nurse meets all of these:
- Meets the requirements for licensure in the state of residency (home state)
- Have graduated from a board-approved education program; or has graduated from an international education program (approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an independent credentials review agency). You will be required to submit a transcript with your application for a multistate license.
- Have passed an English proficiency examination (applies to graduates of an international education program not taught in English or if English is not the individual’s native language)
- Have passed an NCLEX–RN or NCLEX-PN examination or predecessor exam
- Eligible for or holds an active, unencumbered license (i.e., without active discipline)
- Submitted to state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks. You will be required to submit fingerprints with your application for a multistate license.
- Has no state or federal felony convictions
- Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing (determined on a case-by-case basis)
- Is not currently a participant in an alternative program (impaired provider program)
- Required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program
- Has a valid United States Social Security number
What is the fee for a multistate license if I already hold a license in Kansas?
- The fee for a multistate license is a one-time fee and will be posted on the board of nursing website as it is closer to July 1, 2019. It is separate from your renewal fee. You do not need to wait until your renewal to apply for a multistate license. You may apply at any time after July 1, 2019.
I am currently licensed as a nurse in Kansas. Do I have to obtain a multistate license?
- As a nurse currently licensed in Kansas, you can continue to hold your single-state license if you wish. There is nothing you have to do if you wish to continue with a single-state license. You will renew your license the way you always have in the past.
Which NPA should I abide by?
- Licensees practicing with a multi-state license must abide by the laws, rules and scope of practice in the jurisdiction in which they are practicing (physically or telephonically). If you obtain your multi-state license in Kansas, you will be required to have 30 hours of approved continuing nursing education at the time of renewal of your license.