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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 (you will need a Social Security Number to complete the application)
  • Pay required fees
    • Application: $100
    • Temporary Permit: $50
    • Transaction Fee: $3.50
  • You must be a nursing school graduate. Your education program must be either an RN or PN program.
  • Original nursing school transcript to be mailed (not faxed) to ABN
  • Original (not fax) verification of licensure from your original state’s board of nursing Mailed to ABN. Use the Request for Verification of Nursing License for Endorsement into Alabama form if the state you were originally licensed in does not participate in NURSYS®.
  • Verification of original licensure in states that participage in NURSYS® must be ordered from
  • 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 Alaama Board of Nursing, "We typically accept CE courses that are approved or accredited by any state board of nursing, state nurses association, or national organization such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). You may search the internet for CE for nurses to locate online providers." By the way, did you know offers accredited courses?

Rev 3/31/16 610-X-10-.04 Acceptable Providers Of Continuing Education. (b) Continuing education approved by national associations or organizations that are accredited by a national continuing education body. Any continuing education provider approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (e) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits sponsored or conducted by those organizations or entities accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama or by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Visit ABN for more information regarding license cards

Nursing License Renewal

Renewal costs $103.50

Registered nurse renewals take place on even numbered years from September 1st to December 31st.

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.

Please click here for FAQs regarding licensure by endorsement.

Please click here for FAQs regarding temporary licensure by endorsement.

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