RN licenses are verified using either state or national nursing license databases containing the name, license number, Social Security number, location and disciplinary history of individuals holding an RN license, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Employers use these databases to verify licenses of nurse applicants.
Nurses seeking to obtain an RN license in a different state may also use these databases in the process of obtaining the new license, explains the NCSBN. These databases are available to the general public at no cost, enabling anyone to search and view the license information and reports of all registered nurses. Each State Board of Nursing has its own database of people holding an RN license within the state. The procedures for dealing with nursing licensure and verification vary between states.
The NCSBN runs a database called Nursys that stores a compilation of the data from the State Boards of Nursing and offers verification online for nurses who wish to practice in a different state than the one from which they received their original license. A multistate nursing license is also available through the NCSBN. The license is valid in the 24 states that are a part of the Nurse Licensure Compact.