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Apply for a nursing license by exam

You just graduated from a nursing program — now you need to apply for a license in Massachusetts.

Board of Registration in Nursing

The Details


Name Fee Unit
Application fee $230 per application

How to apply

Log into the online application portal to complete your RN or LPN license application.

Credit card is the only accepted form of payment.

More info

  • Massachusetts does not have a 'graduate nurse' status
  • You can start work as a nurse once your license number appears on the board's website
  • You and your employer may print a copy of your license verification from the Board's website
If you have been previously licensed in Massachusetts as a RN or LPN

Do not complete a new application, renew your expired license.

When to renew

  • An RN license expires on your birthday in even-numbered years
  • An LPN license expires on your birthday in odd-numbered years
  • If your license is issued within 3 months of your birthday, it will be valid until the next renewal cycle



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