In fact, viewing the "hard copy" of the license (if there even is
one these days, as more and more states go "paperless") is no longer considered adequate verification of licensure by CMS and the other regulatory agencies. I worked as a hospital surveyor for my state and CMS 2000-2004 and, even back then, photocopies of the actual licenses were not considered verification of licensure -- if a facility had photocopies of the nurses' licenses in their personnel files but didn't
have verification that they had checked the licenses on the BON website, the facility got cited for failure to verify licenses. Although a lot of facilities still make copies of licenses (I guess because that's how they've always done things
), the only verification that counts
nowadays is the website.