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Apply for a nursing license by reciprocity

If you have a nursing license in another state, you have to submit an application by reciprocity to get licensed in Massachusetts.

Board of Registration in Nursing

The Details

What you need

As a part of the application, you must verify each license you hold using the Nursys license verification system (Nursys)

If you are licensed in a state that does not participate in Nursys, you will have to pay a fee to that state to verify your license. Please contact the state Board you are licensed by and follow their instructions to get proof of your license verification.

If you were educated outside of the United States

All non-U.S. educated nurses applying for Licensure by Reciprocity must now complete a Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation. You must submit the CGFNS evaluation report of foreign nurse education credentials to PCS. Applications for Licensure by Reciprocity that do not include the CGFNS evaluation will be considered incomplete and will not be processed by PCS.

If you have been previously licensed in Massachusetts as a RN or LPN

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


Name Fee Unit
Application fee $275 per application
License verification fee $30 per license

How to apply

Log into the Professional Credential Services, Inc online application portal to process your RN or LPN license application by reciprocity.

Credit card is the only accepted form of payment. You can contact Professional Credential Services, Inc. toll-free at (877) 887-9727.

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

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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