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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Check a nurse's license registered in Massachusetts

Visit the Massachusetts Health Professions License Verification site

  • For best results, enter at least the nurse's last name and license number
  • 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.

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.

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.

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

Check an Advance Practice Nurse (APRN) 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.

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

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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