Find Your Nursing Licensure Guide

Virginia, VA

eNLC: Yes
Walk-Through: Yes
Temp License: Yes
Nursys: Yes
BON website
P: (804) 367-4515



Endorsement Application: $190.00


Permanent License

Approximately 30-45 business days upon receipt of all required materials.

Temporary License

Same day upon receipt of all required materials.


  • Renewal cadence: Renewal of your license occurs every 2 years during your birth month. If you were born in an even numbered year, your license will expire every 2 years during even years. If you were born in an odd numbered year, your license will expire every 2 years in odd numbered years. 
  • Renewal fee: $140 if renewed on time. Late renewals will incur an additional fee of $50. 
  • Required contact hours: 15 hours of continuing education and 640 hours of practice as a nurse.
  • If you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to your renewal window, you are still required to renew your license and begin the 2-year renewal cycle.
  • The License Renewal Notice is sent out approximately 60 days before your license is scheduled to expire and includes a unique PIN code you are required to use when renewing your license.

Important Things to Know

  • You can log into your DHP license application portal to check on the status of your application.
  • Your application is valid for 12 months. If incomplete after 12 months have passed, your application will be discarded and you must reapply and repay the application fee.

Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. Submit an application online and pay the fee.
  2. Provide a background check with fingerprints. Online applicants will receive an application confirmation receipt containing a Fieldprint Code required to register for fingerprinting. Nurses applying by mail must contact the Virginia BON Criminal Background Check unit for their Fieldprint Code.
  3. 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 Virginia BON.
  4. Provide proof of your primary state of residence.
  5. Review and agree to the Laws and Regulations governing the practice of Nursing in Virginia.

Temporary License

  1. Once all items have been received by the BON except the criminal background check, you may be issued a provisional license.
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