Welcome to the Gem state!

Each state needs a competent medical workforce to meet the needs of it's citizens. However, the requirements for some health care professions are not the same in each state. That is why it is important to find out what is required of you as a future or current registered nurse before moving across state lines. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.


Idaho is a compact state. If you are moving to Idaho or claiming it as your primary state of residence, you will need to apply for application by endorsement in order to use your license in Idaho. General instructions are listed below.

You may request an endorsement/reinstatement application via telephone, fax or via email, or you may also download the application form. You cannot declare another compact state as your primary state of residence if you are applying for an endorsement of license.

The following is a general list of requirements for endorsement, renewal, and continuing competency:

  • Criminal background check ($42): The Criminal Background Check Form is included with the endorsement packet.

  • Complete, notarized application ($110)

    • Temporary license fee costs an additional $25

  • 2x2 photo (only include head and shoulders)

  • Verification of licensure: For online license verification use the Nursys Verification System. If your state does not participate in the online verification system you may download and print the Verification of Licensure Form.

  • There are no continuing education requirements for the state of Idaho.

  • Foreign educated nurses will need to provide proof of English-language proficiency through testing. You must also provide an official transcript from your nursing program with a certified translation in English, or an equivalent credentials report issued by CGFNS.

Licenses expire on the 31st of August during odd-numbered years and cost $90 to renew.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Idaho Board of Nursing

PO Box 83720

280 N 8th Street, Suite 210

Boise, Idaho 83720-0061

Phone number: (208) 577-2476

TDD Phone – (800) 377-3529

Fax number: 208.334.3262

For general frequently asked questions, visit the Board's FAQ Additional page.

Hours of Operation: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday

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