How do I obtain an application by endorsement (reciprocity)? The Board has contracted with Professional Credential Services Inc. (PCS), for the dissemination and processing of applications for initial nurse licensure and APRN licensure in Massachusetts. You can reach PCS by calling 615-880-4275 or toll free 877-887-9727 (with in the U.S. only) or online at

I recently applied for a MA nursing license by examination. How long does it take to receive an Authorization to Test (ATT)? Applicants receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) via U.S. Mail from Pearson VUE approximately 4 - 7 business days after eligibility. If an email address was provided to Pearson VUE, approved applicants will receive an ATT via email in approximately 2 business days after eligibility.

I held a MA nursing license many years ago, how can I apply for a new license? You just need to renew your previously issued MA license. You can do so by visiting our website online or by contacting the Board in writing and request a paper renewal application to be mailed to your address of record.

Is MA part of the nurse licensure compact? MA is not part of the licensure compact. To practice nursing in Massachusetts you must hold a current, valid Massachusetts nursing license.

This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.