Licensing

  1. Hi everyone!

    I moved to Florida about 2 years ago and got my license here by endorsement..I was licensed in MA before that. My MA license expired and I did not renew it because I am now practicing in Florida...
    The question is...should I just leave my MA license the way it is (expired) or should I have it in "inactive" status??
    I appreciate any input!

    Thanks
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    Since it's already expired just leave it like that. If and when you should move back to MA you can apply for endorsement there.
  4. by   Jolie
    If there is even the slightest possibility that you might someday return to MA, it might be a good idea to take the steps necessary to convert your license from expired to inactive. Many states require a licensee to pay a hefty fee to re-activate a license that has been expired for a period of time, while inactive licenses can usually be reactivated without such a fee. The status of your license may not matter much now, but it can be costly if you need to reactivate it years down the road.


    Also, if you should move and need to endorse your license to a third state, MA may not place a very high priority on providing information to that state if your license is expired as opposed to active or inactive.
  5. by   BaByMaMa
    Thank You! I will call them on monday to find out how I can make it inactive.
    Funny you should mention applying for endorsement at a third state, because I am planning on moving out West to California in a couple of months.

    Thanks again!
  6. by   Diary/Dairy
    You might want to check with California - I had heard that some states want to verify licensing information from the state you were originally licensed by examination.....

    I applied for a license in California and they wanted the information from Indiana, not any of the other states I am licensed in - you might want to contact them to see what they need before going inactive.

    Good luck.
  7. by   Jolie
    Quote from diarygirl512
    You might want to check with California - I had heard that some states want to verify licensing information from the state you were originally licensed by examination.....

    I applied for a license in California and they wanted the information from Indiana, not any of the other states I am licensed in - you might want to contact them to see what they need before going inactive.

    Good luck.
    You are correct that any time you endorse your license, the information about your education and NCLEX status must come from the state in which you were originally licensed. States will provide that information (for a fee) whether your license there is active, inactive or expired, but may be more likely to do so promptly for active or inactive licensees. They tend to take a dim view of expired licenses.

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