Find Your Nursing Licensure Guide

Georgia, GA

eNLC: Yes
Walk-Through: No
Temp License: No
Nursys: Yes
BON website
P: (844) 753-7825



Endorsement Application: $75.00


Permanent License

Approximately 20 business days upon receipt of all required materials


  • Renewal cadence:  Every 2 years
  • Renewal fee: $65.  Late renewals will incur an additional fee of $10.
  • Required contact hours:  Select one of the five options to fulfill the continuing education requirement
  • Renewal is completed online and is required by January 31 of the year it expires. Late renewal period is Feb 1 – Feb 28. If your license has not been renewed by Feb 28, your license will lapse and you will be unable to work until your license has been reinstated.

Important Things to Know

  • Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process.
  • Initial application forms are only accepted via mail

Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Before submitting your license application, visit GAPS/Gemalto, Georgia’s fingerprinting vendor, to register for your background check at least 48 hours in advance of submitting your application. Here are instructions for completing the background check for in-state applicants and out of state applicants.

    1. A valid photo ID will be required for fingerprinting, such as a State Issued Driver’s License, US Passport, State Issued Identification Card, Government Issued Employee Identification Card, US Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID Card, or Tribal Identification Card

    2. After your application for licensure has been received and processed by the Board, you will receive an email from GAPS directing you to proceed to the fingerprinting site.

    3.  You must proceed to a GAPS fingerprint site to have your fingerprints scanned within 90 days. If you fail to submit prints within 90 days, your registration will be canceled, a refund will be made to the method of payment you provided and you will need to register again.

    4. A local law enforcement agency or private fingerprinting company may also provide fingerprint cards, but the applicant must ensure they are blue FBI fingerprint cards (FD-258).

    5. For out of state applicants: After your application for licensure has been received and processed by the Board, you will receive an email from GAPS directing you to mail your fingerprint cards. Please follow the emailed instructions and mail the fingerprint cards to: Gemalto Georgia Card Scan APS Department #165 2964 Bradley Street Pasadena, California 91107
  2. Fill out an application, have it notarized, and pay the application fee.
  3. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure and the state where you are currently employed. If these states do not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state’s BON and request verification be sent to the Georgia BON.
  4. Provide official college transcripts from your nursing school that led to initial licensure
  5. Provide verification of employment documenting 500 hours of licensed practice within the 4 years immediately preceding the date of application, or provide proof of graduation from an approved nursing education program within 4 years immediately preceding the date of application
  6. Note, with an explanation, any arrests, Disciplinary Action, and/or Sanctions (if applicable). Include the following documents:

    1. Court Documents

    2. Letter of Explanation

    3. Enrolled in Alternative to Discipline 
  7. Sign and complete an affidavit of citizenship
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