Check a nursing license

You can check the status of a nursing license in Massachusetts or by another state Board in the United States or its territories.

Board of Registration in Nursing

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What you need for Check a nursing license

To check a license, make sure that you:

  • Spell the name of the nurse correctly as it appears on their license, or provide their license number
  • Always use the right license number prefix:
    • RN for Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Example: RN123456.
    • LN for Licensed Practical Nurses. Example: LN123456.

You can check the following types of nursing licenses on the verification site:

  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Certified RN Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Psych. Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCNS)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

How to check Check a nursing license

Check a nurse's license registered in Massachusetts

If you have any difficulty navigating the search pages, call the Help Desk at (617) 9730935. If you get a recorded message, please leave a detailed message.

Check a nurse's license registered in another U.S. state or territory

To check a nurse's license registered with another Board of Nursing in the United States or its territories, visit the Nursys verification report.

For help, call the Nursys license verification department at (312) 5253600 or toll free at (866) 8191700.

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Additional information to check a license

If additional information is needed to supplement your report, submit your request in writing to the Board’s office.

Direct all written requests to:

The Board of Registration in Nursing
ATTN: Verifications
Board of Registration in Nursing
239 Causeway St.
Suite 500, 5th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02114

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Check Prescriptive Authority


Prescriptive authority is not issued by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. All Board authorized APRNs with prescriptive authority in Massachusetts are registered with the Massachusetts Drug Control Program (DCP). To request information, contact DCP at (617) 983-6700.

Verify a nursing license outside of the United States

If you need written license verification or a certification of standing for a foreign country or an agency other than a state board of nursing, send a written request to the Board of Registration in Nursing's office with the required $15 fee for this service. The fee may be paid by personal check or money order, payable to the Commonwealth of MA.

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