Find Your Nursing Licensure Guide

Arkansas, AR

eNLC: Yes
Walk-Through: No
Temp License: Yes
Nursys: Yes
P: (501) 686-2700



Endorsement Application: $125.00

Temporary Permit: $30.00


Permanent License

Approximately 2 weeks upon receipt of all required materials.

Temporary License

Approximately 2 weeks upon receipt of all required materials.

License Renewal

  • Renewal cadence: Renewal of your license occurs on a staggered biennial birth date system. Due to this, the first license may be valid from 91 days to 2 years depending upon one’s birth date.
  • Renewal fee: $100
  • Required contact hours: 15
  • The renewal link will be available 60 days prior to license expiration.

Important Things to Know

  • Once a license (temporary or permanent) is issued, licensure status may be verified by accessing the ASBN Registry Search.  ASBN does not mail out a paper license. 
  • A one-time blue plastic license card will be mailed to you in approximately two months; this card is not considered primary source verification of licensure. 
  • Only Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card payments are accepted.

Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Submit an application online and pay the fee.
  2. Provide a valid United States Social Security Number.
  3. Declare Primary State of Residence
  4. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure. If this state does not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state’s BON and request verification be sent to the Arkansas BON via the Verification of Licensure form.
  5. If you have not been engaged in the active practice of nursing for a period greater than five (5) years, you need to document completion of the following:

    1. Active practice of nursing for a minimum of one thousand hours (1,000) within the one year immediately prior to application. 

    2. Completion of an Arkansas approved refresher course within one (1) year of the date of application.

    3. Graduation from an approved nursing education program within one year of the date of application.

  6. Provide a background check with fingerprints. Instructions for fingerprinting can be found here.

Temporary License

  1. If you wish to be issued a provisional license, please indicate this on your application. 
  2. Temporary permits are valid for 6 months and are non-renewable. 
  3. Once all items have been received by the BON except the results of your background check, you may be issued a provisional license.
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