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All of our previous RN, APRN, Prescriptive Authority and Dialysis Technician forms have been replaced by electronic forms available in the Nurse Portal. Log in and create your nurse portal account. 

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PDF download 2018 Lapsed RN License Report
Renewal season ended on 10/31/2018 - if you have not renewed your license, it will have lapsed and you will need to fill out an Online RN License Reinstatement form. To confirm, check the Verification link at the top of the page to see if you have lapsed.
 
PDF download 2018 Lapsed APRN (and RN) License Report
Your APRN license depends on your RN license to be active. If your RN license has lapsed then your APRN license has inactivated. If you are on this list you will need to reinstate your RN license and also your APRN license, and, if applicable, your RXA privilege as well.
 

Prescriptive Authority forms

 
 
 
 

Dialysis Tech Forms

 
 
 
 
 

Other Forms

 
PDF download APRN Verification Form
Use this form to send to other states and have them verify your APRN license with us
 
PDF download RN Verification Form
Use this form to obtain a verification from states that do not participate in NURSYS
 
 
 
 

Fee Schedule

There may be a small additional transaction fee for online applications
Description Amount
Address Change No charge
Duplicate License $10.00
Endorsement Without Temp Permit $100.00
Endorsement With Temp Permit $125.00
Endorsement with 90-day Temporary Permit ONLY $25.00
Licensure by Examination $70.00
RN Renewal $67.00
Advanced Practice Application $35.00
Advanced Practice Renewal $35.00
Limited Prescriptive Authority $125.00
Name Change $10.00
Name Change with License Replacement $10.00
Reinstatement from Lapsed Status $115.00
Reinstatement from Inactive Status $25.00
Transcript Photocopy $5.00
Verification to Another Nursing Board or Certifying Body via NURSYS
Volunteer License No Charge
Working Without a Valid License Disciplinary Fees
 
 

Frequently Asked Licensing Questions

 
When are the license renewal periods?
The renewal periods for RN and APRN/RXA are as follows:
    APRN licenses and RXA privilege:
    All APRN licenses and RXA privileges expire June 30 of every odd year. The APRN/RXA renewal period for 2019 will begin May 1 and end June 30.
    RN licenses:
    All currently active West Virginia RN Licenses expire October 31 of each year. The renewal period will begin September 1, and you must renew your license by October 31 or your RN license will lapse.

I do not yet have my US Social Security number. How can I renew?
All foreign nurses are issued a temporary SSN placeholder by us. If you did not have your Social Security number at the time you were licensed you will need to contact us to get the placeholder SSN so you can fill out the renewal form. Please contact our office at 304-744-0900 and ask to be given your placeholder SSN. 
 
What will happen if I don't renew my license by its expiration date?
Your RN license will lapse and you will not be able to practice nursing in this state. Additionally, APRN licenses and RXA privileges depend on having an active RN license in this state. If you have an APRN license or RXA privileges in this state then they will automatically lapse as well,
 
What are the educational requirements for renewing my WV RN and APRN licenses?
Click here to go to the Education page - scroll down to CE Requirements
 
I received an error message after entering my license number to renew.
Please call us at 304-744-0900 or email John.R.Jarvis@wv.gov.
 
I think I was charged twice for an online renewal. What now?
Please call us at 304-744-0900 or email rnboard@wv.gov.
 
My credit card was declined, but there was plenty of available credit.
Please call your financial institution, as they will have details as to why the transaction may have failed.
 
My debit card was declined, but there were sufficient funds in the account.
Please call your financial institution, as they will have details as to why the transaction may have failed.
 
 

Multistate Licensure Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  I have applied for a Multi-State license. When will it go into effect?
A:  We have begun processing and issuing the Multistate License applications. The multistate licenses will be approved and issued as documentation and background checks are received. If your employment situation depends on your multistate license being issued quickly, please email the Board at RNMultistate@wv.gov and we will attempt to accommodate your situation. Please check the Verification page (link at the top of the page) to see if your multistate has been issued.
 
Q:  What is the process for an existing RN in WV to apply for the Compact License?
A:  The process to convert from a single state license to a multistate license if your primary state of residence is WV begins by completing the application at wvrnboard.wv.gov/licensing and selecting the RN Multistate Conversion Form. The process is outlined in the flowchart document. The cost of the multistate conversion application is $7.16.
 
Q:  Am I required to get a multistate license if I live in West Virginia and work out of state?
A:  There is no legal requirement in West Virginia, nor are there any provisions in the eNLC Compact that require an individual living in West Virginia and working out-of-state to obtain a West Virginia multistate license. However, laws and rules in other states may differ, and other states may have different requirements. Check with the Nursing Boards in the states in which you are employed to determine their individual requirements..
 
Q:  Do I need to complete a new background check and obtain fingerprints if I am applying to convert my WV single state license to a multistate license since I previously completed fingerprints with my background check for my single state license?
A:  Yes, a recent criminal background check and fingerprinting is required.
 
Q:  I just recently had a background check performed for another license. Can I use that background check for my multistate license?
A:  No. The background check must be done at the time of the application, and it is the only purpose for which it will be able to be used.
 
Q:  If I live in a neighboring state who is a member of the Compact and work in West Virginia, do I need to keep my single-state West Virginia license?
A:  If you receive a multi-state license in your home state then your West Virginia license will automatically be deactivated and you will work in West Virginia on your multistate license.
 
Q:  If I obtain a West Virginia multistate license and then move to another state, what happens?
A:  If West Virginia is no longer your Primary State of Residence then your multistate license will be automatically downgraded to a single-state license. If you are working in another state then you will need to obtain licensure for that state. Check with the Nursing Board of your new home state and your employment state(s) to determine what kind of licensure you will need.
 
Q:  I am an Advanced Practice nurse in a neighboring Compact state. Can I work as an APRN in West Virginia?
A:  No. APRN licenses are not part of the compact and do not cross state lines. You may work as an RN in West Virginia, but to work as an APRN you will need to obtain a West Virginia APRN license. Please contact APRN@wv.gov for more information.
 
Q:  I hold a West Virginia multistate license and I am also an APRN in West Virginia. Can I work in an neighboring compact state as an APRN?
A:  No. APRN licenses are not part of the compact. Check with the RN Board in the state you will be working to determine their process for APRN licensure.
 
Q:  How will I know if my multistate license has been issued? Can I check the status of my application?
A:  Yes. To check the status of your pending application, go to the Multistate License Conversion Form and select Check Application Status (or just click here).  After your background check has been received and your application has been processed, check our Verification page to see if your multistate license has been issued. If so, the verification page will indicate whether it is Single State or Multistate. Soon afterward, you should receive a new license card in the mail.
 
Q:  I'm currently a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in another eNLC state and recently accepted employment in West Virginia for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse position. Does West Virginia becoming a compact state affect me and what exactly is the process of going about obtaining West Virginia APRN licensure?
A:  Pursuant to WV Code 30-7-1 et seq. and 19-07 certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified nurse anesthetists and certified nurse practitioners in West Virginia must be licensed as registered nurses and advanced practice register nurses to practice in West Virginia. 
 
Advanced practice registered nurse license are not part of the eNLC compact in West Virginia and APRN licenses do not cross state lines. You may work as a registered nurse only in West Virginia if you have an active multistate RN license from another eNLC state but to work West Virginia as a certified advanced practice registered nurse you will need an active RN license and West Virginia APRN license. APRN initial license information can be found on the WV RN Board website at www.wvrnboard.wv.gov under the forms and applications tab. Please contact APRN@wv.gov  for more APRN license information.
 
Q:  I am a WV resident RN who wants to apply for an eNLC license in WV because I plan to take a travel nursing assignment in another eNLC compact state and that state does not offer the livescan fingerprinting. How can I avoid traveling back to WV to obtain live scan fingerprinting?
A:  Attached is the information from the Identogo website (click here). If you have any questions related to this procedure, call their customer service number on the linked document.
 
Q:  My fingerprint scans were rejected twice - how can I submit my fingerprints manually?
    A:  If an applicant receives the double-rejection letter they need to forward the letter to the Board office at this address:
    WV Board of Registered Nurses
    90 MacCorkle Ave, S.W., Suite 203
    South Charleston, WV 25303
    Attention: Criminal Background Checks
 
Click here for the Online Multistate License Conversion form

Multistate licenses will not be issued prior to January 19, 2018. We will begin processing Multistate conversion applications on that date.

An applicant for a West Virginia multistate license must meet the following criteria:
    West Virginia must be your Primary State of Residency
    Has graduated from a Board-approved education program
    Has passed English proficiency exam, if graduated from an international education program
    Has passed NCLEX
    Is eligible for or holds active unencumbered license
    Has submitted to state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks
    Has no state or federal felony convictions
    Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing (determined on a case-by-case basis)
    Is not currently in an alternative program
    Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program
    Has a valid United States Social Security number
 
eNLC (Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact) Page at NCSBN.org