Welcome to the Volunteer 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.


Tennessee is a compact state. If you are moving to Tennessee 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 Tennessee. General instructions are listed below.

  • Completed, notarized application with $115 fee

  • Graduation from an approved nursing program

  • Satisfactory NCLEX or SBTPE scores

  • Passport style photo

  • Copy of your diploma or transcript from your nursing program

  • Verification of licensure using the verification form in the application or www.nursys.com if your original state participates in Nursys

  • Nursys verification fee is $30. Complete the license verification form included in the packet only if your state does not participate in the Nursys system. Contact your state for applicable fees.

  • Criminal background check

  • Instructions link

  • Proof of lawful presence in the US

  • All applicants must complete and submit a notarized Declaration of Citizenship form.

Licences must be renewed every two years. You can do it online through here. Cost of renewal is $100.

Foreign educated nurses must provide a Professional Report from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School (CGFNS) or an official school transcript.

Continuing Competency

Click here for details on continuing competency.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Tennessee Board of Nursing web address


665 Mainstream Drive

Nashville, TN 37243

Phone number: 615.532.5166

Fax number:615.741.7899

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