Welcome to the Hawkeye 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.
Iowa is a compact state. If you are moving to Iowa 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 Iowa. General instructions are listed below.
You must be a graduate of a Board approved nursing school
Passing NCLEX results
Completed online or, paper application
Fee of $169 (Application fee includes $119 for the application + $50 Criminal Background Check fee)
Paper application can be requested by phone or email
You may also download the paper application here.
Fingerprint cards and background check. To view the Waiver form for Iowa State board to complete background check click here.
Foreign educated nurses must submit a Professional Report from the CGFNS Credentials Evaluation Service.
You may renew your license online for $99. Renewal occurs every three years. Renewal must occur 30 days prior to the 15th of licensee’s birth month; after this date it will be considered late and an additional $50 late fee will be incurred.
You must complete a Mandatory Abuse Course every five years. You are also required to complete 2.4 continuing education units (24 contact hours) for your first renewal and 3.6 units (36 contact hours) for subsequent renewals. To view Iowa's continuing education page click here.
400 S.W. 8th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone number: (515) 281-3255
Fax number: (515) 281-4825
Hours of operation: 8:00 am– 4:30 pm Monday through Friday