Washington DC

Welcome to the Nation's capital!

Each US jurisdiction 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 jurisdiction. 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.


The following is a list of general requirements for licensure by endorsement in Washington D.C.

  • Criminal background Check

  • Passing NCLEX or SBTPE results

  • Complete application with fee of $230

  • Two 2x2 passport style photos

  • US Social Security Number or a completed SSN affidavit

  • Verification of License from current and original states of licensure

    • If your state participates if www.nursys.com, you may verify your license through that site.

Your RN licence will expire on the 30th of June during even numbered years. You may renew your license online for $97.

Continuing Competency

You have several options for fulfilling your continuing competency requirments. You may complete 24 contact hours of continuing education. You may also fulfill the requirements by teaching or by editing or authorship. View the "Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal" portion of the Application for Licensure by Endorsement For more details.

Contact Information

DC Department of Health

Board of Nursing

Phone: (877) 672-2174

Fax: (202) 724-5145

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm


899 North Capitol Street, NE

Washington DC


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A link to the Washington DC State Nursing Board's frequently asked questions can be found here

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