Find Your Nursing Licensure Guide

Hawaii, HI

eNLC: No
Walk-Through: No
Temp License: No
Nursys: Yes
BON website
P: (808) 586-3000



Endorsement Application: $234 If license will be issued between July 1 in an odd numbered year and June 30 of an even numbered year. $166 If license will be issued between July 1 in an even numbered year and June 30 in an odd numbered year.


Permanent License

Approximately 45-60 business days upon receipt of all required materials


  • Renewal cadence: Licenses expire on June 30 of odd-numbered years. The renewal period begins 60 days prior to June 30.
  • Renewal fee: $196 if renewed on time. Late renewals will incur an additional fee of $12.
  • Required contact hours: Nurses are required to complete one learning activity from this list of approved courses.
    – Continuing education approved by another State Board of Nursing is not acceptable.

    – You may not complete a combination of more than 1 learning activity, (i.e. if you choose the continuing education learning activity, you must complete at least 30 hours of continuing education) and not 15 hours of continuing education and 15 hours of another learning activity

    – Only learning activities completed within the prior biennium will be accepted

  • If you are eligible for a license near the end of the second year of a two-year license period (within 3 months), you may elect to delay the issuance of your license until July 1, odd-numbered year, provided you do not intend to start practicing nursing until the next license period.

Important Things to Know

  • Check the status of your application here
  • If you were previously fingerprinted by another board of nursing or employer, you still have to submit to the electronic fingerprinting for a Hawaii nurse license.

Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Apply using this form and pay the fee
  2. Provide a copy of your government issued photo ID including your date of birth.
  3. Provide a copy of your signed social security card
  4. Provide a background check with fingerprints. Instructions for fingerprinting through Fieldprint can be found here

    1. Any application received after July 1, 2017 or license issued on or after July 1, 2017 are required to be fingerprinted.

    2. To make a fingerprinting appointment, visit or call (877) 614-4361. You will be able to make an appointment in HI or in the continental US at a location near you.

    3. The Fieldprint code that you must enter is FPHIBrdNursing. If you do not use this code, the BON will not be able to retrieve your report and you will have to go back to get fingerprinted and pay another fee.

    4. You must file your license application within thirty (30) days of the fingerprinting to ensure that the results can be obtained.

    5. If the BON is unable to obtain the results, you will be required to submit to the fingerprinting process again.
  5. If you are licensed as an LPN or RN under the laws of another state, territory, or foreign country, you will be required to submit a self-query report from the National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”). To obtain the report, go to the NPDB website and click on “Perform a Self-Query”
  6. 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 Hawaii BON via.


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