Welcome to the Pelican 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.

Foreign educated nurses will be required to pass the Commission on Foreign Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools qualifying examination. Fore more details, click here.

Foreign educated nurses must also obtain a Credentials Evaluation Service Professional Report (CESPR). You will need to apply for this report through CGFNS and have a certified copy sent directly to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing by CGFNS.

A passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or International English Testing System (IELTS) is also required.

Note: Internationally educated nurses are NOT eligible for the 90-day temporary permit.


Below is a general list of requirements for endorsements. Click here to view the endorsement application.

  • Proof of licensure from the state that you were originally licensed in, and

  • Proof of licensure from the last state you worked in if applicable

    • licensure verification may be obtainable from www.nursys.com, otherwise, contact your original and prior state's nursing boards for verification

  • Proof you have completed an approved nursing program

    • Excelsior graduates should contact the Louisiana Board directly

  • Either a passing score on the NCLEX or a score of at least 1600, or

  • 350 on the State Board Test Pool Examination

  • No prior disciplinary action or pending criminal action

  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable

  • Criminal background check

  • 2x2 passport style photo

  • LPN or LVN licensure verification, even if it is expired

  • Transcipts proving nursing education

  • Social security number

  • Application Fees

    • $140.75 for mailed application ($240.75 if requesting temporary permit)

    • 150.75 for hand delivered applications ($250.75 if requesting temporary permit)

Licenses are renewed yearly in Louisiana from October to the last day of December for $100. Late renewals will be accepted until the 31st of January for $150.

All renewals must be completed online. As of 2017 all licenses will be paperless. Free license verification can be obtained at the LSBN website within one business day after renewing online.

Continuing Competency

The amount of continuing education you need for renewal will depend on how many hours you have worked over the year prior to renewal. Nurses practicing for at leat 1600 hours will need at least 5 contact hours. Those practicing between 160 and 1600 hours will need at least 10 contact hours. Registered nurses practicing less than 160 hours will need at least 15 contact hours. For more details, click here.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Louisiana State Board of Nursing

17373 Perkins Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70810




Education/Licensure Patricia Dufrene (225)755-7522 dufrenep@lsbn.state.la.us

Endorsements/Volunteer Nurses/Foreign Nurses (225)755-7520 (225)755-7581 endorsements@lsbn.state.la.us

Education: Students & Continuing Education (225)755-7522 (225)755-7580 education@lsbn.state.la.us

General Questions (225)755-7500 (225)755-7584 lsbn@lsbn.state.la.us

License Renewal (225)755-7500 (225)755-7584 renewals@lsbn.state.la.us

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Frequently asked questions for continuing nursing education can be found here.

Frequently asked questions for renewing your license online can be found here.

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