Registration and licensure applications for nurses must be submitted to the state board of nursing where the nurse intends to practice, advises the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Specific licensing requirements vary by state.
Nurses must complete a nursing education program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination, advises the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nurses are fingerprinted and undergo a criminal background check, states the Texas Board of Nursing. Nurses must complete continuing education to maintain a current license. Texas, for example, requires nurses to complete 20 hours of education before renewing their license.
Nurses who want to practice in other states need to apply for a license in that state unless their current license is recognized by the other state through the Nurse Licensure Compact, advises the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.