If I move to another state do I need to re-certify as an RN.

  1. Hello,
    I have a question I plan on going to school to be an RN in Massachusetts if I decide to move to another state like Florida or Arizona do I need to re-certify in that state?
    I eventually plan on moving to a warmer state.
    Thanks,
    Jonathan.
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  3. by   LPNtoBSNstudent
    Yes, you have to write to the state board of the state you plan to go, and file for licensure in that state. You will need verification (direct) from the original issueing state, among other things, depending on the states regs.
  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    There is not really a recert that has to be done.

    You do however, need to apply for licensure in the new state and pay the fees they charge, and the fees your original state charges for verifying your initial licensure to the new state. In most states it is as simple as writing (calling) the state board of nursing and asking for a licensure by endorsement packet. You fill out the forms, send your money, and wait for the license to show up.

    CA and NV take a little longer, they have a fingerprint requirement to be licensed in their states.

    Some states have a walk through process, you show up at the state board of nursing with a valid license and they take your money and issue a temporary license so you can go to work immediately, while waiting for permanent license to get to you.

    bob

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