Welcome to the Yellowhammer state!

The Alabama Board of Nursing's (ABN) mission is to provide patients with competent medical staff through regulation and licensing requirements. If you are interested in working in Alabama, you should be aware of the ABN's unique licensing requirements. Alabama is not a compact state and will require licensure by endorsement if you have never held a license there before. On this page you will find general information regarding the ABN's endorsement, renewal, and continuing competency requirements


Application for license endorsement is required for nurses who received their license in another state. The requirements for endorsement are listed below.

  • Apply for licensure endorsement

  • Complete application

  • Pay required fees

  • Original (not fax) verification of licensure from your original state’s Board of Nursing Mailed to ABN

  • Verification of original licensure in following states must be ordered from

  • Original nursing school transcript to be mailed (not faxed) to ABN

  • 24 contact hours of continuing education must have been completed within the last 24 months and mailed or faxed to ABN

  • Applicant must submit proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the US to ABN. A checklist for citizens and non-citizens can be found on the ABN website.

Continuing Competency

24 contact hours are required for endorsement. There are several methods for obtaining required contact hours. According to the Minnesota Board of Nursing, "workshops, seminars, classroom, web casts, internet, intranet, home study, continuing education journals, and pod casts" are acceptable methods.

Please click here for more information regarding accepted national continuing education programs.

ABN Approved CE Providers

A list of ABN approved continuing education providers can be found here. You may enter either the city, county, provider name, or the provider number into a search bar and click submit. Some cities, such as Greensboro, may not have a list of providers while other cities like Mobile might have several.

Visit ABN for more information regarding license cards

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact the ABN

Physical Address

RSA Plaza, Suite 250

770 Washington Ave

Montgomery, AL


Mailing address

Alabama Board of Nursing

P.O. Box 303900

Montgomery, AL


General fax and email

General E-mail:

Information regarding endorsement

Phone 1-800-656-5318

Fax 334-293-5201

Wendy Looney

Licensure by endorsement

Alicia Nickelson

Licensing verification

Joyce Jeter MSN, RN

Director – Continuing education information

LaDonna Patton, MSN, RN, CEN ARNC Director

Registered Nurses NCL


Please click here for FAQs regarding information about continuing education programs.

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